If you have some chairs that need a new look it’s so easy to give them a makeover, even if you don’t want to paint them like I’m doing.
Just recover the seats.
It’s the perfect way to inject a little fun into a room with whatever fabric you choose, and it’s pretty quick and inexpensive.
When I’m thrifting I’m always on the lookout for sheets, pillow cases, curtains, and tablecloths to be used in fabric projects like this… and I lucked out with what I’m using for my chairs.
This is the table and chairs set that my parents gave us about 15 years ago. It matches the kitchen china cabinet that just had its makeover.
I painted the chairs and recovered the seats way back when, but I never got around to doing anything to the table. There was a tablecloth on it most of the time.
The fabric was very traditional and did go nicely in the green kitchen before, but for my aqua and red kitchen it just won’t do.
So it was time to give them a new look, and with these types of chair seats that’s so easy to do.
I removed all the screws to take out the seats.
Recovering the Seats for Kitchen Chairs Makeover
I recently found this 60 inch round red and white tablecloth for $2.
It was the perfect size for the chair seats, and because it was round it was so easy to use the pattern on the diagonal rather than straight across.
I simply folded my tablecloth in half and then half again, and then placed my seats on top.
This made four sections for the four seats. No measuring required.
I cut my sections, making sure to leave enough extra to attach to the back.
All I needed to attach the fabric to the seat was my staple gun and 1/4″ staples.
The old fabric wasn’t very thick so I didn’t have to remove it. This saved a ton of time.
If your original fabric is very thick you may have to remove it or use deeper staples.
I made sure the fabric was lined up the way I wanted it.
Then I put one staple in the middle of the top and bottom sections, pulling the fabric just enough so that is was tight.
I turned the seat over to check it out. Because I only put in two staples if I made a booboo (which I never do, lol) I could easily remove them and start over.
All was ok so I put two staples in the middle of the sides, pulling the fabric again just so it’s tight.
Then I made my way with the staples from the middles out to the corners.
Folding the Corners for Kitchen Chairs Makeover
Here’s an open corner.
Dealing with corners can be tricky.
Start by folding the centre over, right at the corner of the seat.
Then fold in one side so that the fabric gathers aren’t too thick. You can see I have two folds here.
On the other side I have three folds. You use however many are needed to get a nice neat look.
Add a few staples, and you’re done.
One nice neat corner down, and three to go.
Here’s the underside all stapled.
And here’s my finished cushion.
I painted my chairs with the same diy mixed paint colour that I used on the china cabinet, which is a mixture of the kitchen cabinets colour and the white wall colour. Both were water based paint and primer combos.
Because the chairs had already been painted I didn’t need to sand.
I used the red and white fabric pattern on the diagonal because I didn’t want it to look too much like my faux tile kitchen backsplash.
This way it complements it, but doesn’t match it too perfectly.
Here’s the before of all the chairs.
And the after.
Painting the chairs took far longer than recovering the seats. Because of the dark burgundy colour it took 3 coats of the light aqua.
My chair seats took about two hours, and I’m really glad that I went with the diagonal pattern. It just gives it another dimension of fun I think.
This kitchen chairs makeover cost me just $2 for the tablecloth, and I’m very happy with how they turned out.
Fun, colourful, and thrifty is my favourite decorating trio. 🙂
My kitchen table makeover is about half done so I’ll be sharing it next week. Stay tuned!
Thanks so much for reading and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!