Giving Old Chairs a New Life!
This post is a little different from what I usually offer up here on the Mood Sewing Network – we are gonna talk about home decor fabric today! ::evil laugh:: No wait, come back, I promise it’s not all bad!
Forreal, though, I’ve known about Mood Fabric’s home fabric offerings since, well, the beginning of my Mood-time. And while I’ve never been one to futz much with home decor sewing (I mean, c’mon, wouldn’t we rather all sew clothes for ourselves?), I did have some chairs that needed to be recovered.
Here is the chair in question:
I bought these at our local flea market for next to nothing – along with the table and a buffet (there was a matching china cabinet as well, but that went home with a friend who split the cost). I love everything about these chairs except the padding – after god knows how many decades, the fabric was torn and fraying, and the padding was sticking out.
I left this problem on the backburner for, ahem, over two years. What? I couldn’t find a fabric to commit to (I wanted it to match my floral curtains – another find from the same flea market, in case you were wondering!), and I was afraid the whole process would be too difficult.
After browsing the goods at Mood Fabrics and swatching this chartreuse geometric cut velvet, I decided it was time to woman up and manhandle those chair cushions into making me proud. Surprisingly, there’s not a lot to this type of very simple upholstery. You remove the chair pad from the frame (generally unscrewed from the bottom), pull out all the staples and/or nails and remove the fabric and padding, recut the fabric and padding (if replacing), and staple it back onto the chair board, keeping it as taut as possible. Then you screw the whole thing together and – hey! New chair!
This project was INCREDIBLY easy – the entire thing took me a little over an hour to do four chairs. That includes disassembling, cutting, reupholstering, and then putting everything back together. Heck, that even includes sweeping the floor when I was done! It’s kind of lame that I put this off for as long as I did because I was afraid it would be too difficult, or take too long, but on the flip side – I’m glad I waited, because isn’t that geometric velvet divine?
All in all, this was a surprisingly easy project! The hardest part was choosing the perfect fabric – which, while it’s not a perfect match for those curtains, I do think it compliments them quite nicely. I only needed a yard and a half of both the fabric and padding (I didn’t completely replace the padding as the stuff on my chairs was still in good shape, but I did add a new layer to the top to give the seats some extra squish); my chairs are about 16″ square at the seat.
And just like that, my dining room got fancy! Thanks, Mood!