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Friday, June 14, 2013

DIY Fashion Chair

Hello! Today I am going to give a tutorial on how I recovered a drab chair into something fab! I loved it so much after it was redone I used it in my bridal pictures, my wedding reception, and now it has a spot in my living room.

I found this beauty at DI for a steal! As soon as I saw how much character it had, I knew I wanted to recover it. After giving it the smell check, I bought it and kept it around for a while until I found the perfect fabric. I bought this white and gray pattern at Hobby Lobby for about $3 a yard. I bought some mint paint, foam brushes, and an upholstery staple remover and I was ready to go. 

I started by removing all the staples with the upholstery staple remover. Trust me, if you don't have one, go buy one. This is the hardest part. Don't give up though. You will have a fab chair if you just endure the staple part. 

Next I kept the fabric intact to use as a pattern. It's much easier to cut the pieces for the chair when you have something to go off. 

I gave the wood a light sanding so the paint would stick, and I gave it about 3 coats of paint. I had the paint from previous projects and it was pretty cheap so it needed quite a few coats. 

After it dried, I cut out the fabric, making sure the pattern would lay how I wanted it. Next you need someone else and a staple gun. My mom was there to help hold and staple. Make sure to pull the fabric tight so it doesn't pucker. Then staple. Repeat. On the back we reused the upholstery nails that were previously in the chair. The picture below from my wedding shows the upholster nails. We just used a hammer and our eye judgement to how many we wanted to put on the back. Overall I think it turned out pretty fab!

You can check out my photographers website, Lulu's Photography here. She did an amazing job capturing my special day! Hope you are inspired to recover a chair of your own. 


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