How To Update An Old Chair

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Have any chairs that are in need of a simple update? This step by step tutorial will show you some easy things that you can do to update the chairs in your house and have you feeling 'chairful' again.

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Overview

Start with an old chair and remove the cushion. Sand the chair, wipe clean, and paint it the color of your choice. While it is drying, rip off the old fabric. Use the old cushion to trace it onto the new foam. Staple everything together on the underside of the chair. Staple the fabric on top of everything, smoothing as you go. Put the chair back together and you have a whole new chair!

What You'll Need

Tools:

Staple Gun
Screw Driver

Materials:

Sand Paper
Paint
Paint Brush
Scissors
Foam
Fabric
Batting

 

Step 1

Prep Your Chair

Remove the cushion from your chair, then sand the chair and wipe clean.


Step 2

Paint the Chair

Paint your chair the color of your choice.


Step 3

Remove Old Fabric and Trace

Rip off the old fabric and use the base of the seat to trace onto new foam.


Step 4

Reupholster the Chair

Staple everything together on the underside of the chair. The layers from top to bottom would be: fabric, batting, foam, wood seat.


Step 5

Add the Fabric

Be sure to staple the fabric on top of everything, smoothing as you go.


Step 6

Trim the Fabric

Trim the fabric on the underside of the chair, so that it lays flat.


Step 7

Put Chair Back Together

Put your chair back together using the screws that came with your chair, then have a seat after all that hard work!


 
 

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