DIY Home + Garden reupholstering a chair seat

Published on January 23rd, 2013 | by Becky Striepe

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How-to: Reupholstering a Chair Seat

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reupholstering a chair seat

Do you have a bench or a chair that’s got good bones but the fabric is either torn or…well…ugly? Give it a brand new life by reupholstering it! You can use these instructions for reupholstering a chair seat, a bench, or any other cushion that has a hard back on it.

My in-laws gave us a beautiful little bench that’s so perfect for our foyer! It’s just the right height for dropping my purse on the way in, and it’s not so wide that it crowds our house’s little entryway. It’s got great bones – it was made in the 1930s, and the shape is classic without being too fussy.

If the wood on your piece needs a little love, check out these eco-friendly paints and stains that you can use to revamp it! I’d definitely remove the cushion before painting or staining, so you won’t have to worry about messing it up.

The only problem with this little guy was the cushion cover. Someone decided to take this pretty little piece of furniture and cover the cushion with hunter green vinyl. It made this elegant little piece of furniture feel so heavy. Reclaimed fabric to the rescue! I had these super sweet blue and white sateen sheets that I’d scored at the thrift store that I knew would make a perfect cover for this thing.

Reupholstering an almost-antique piece of furniture like this was a little bit scary, but once I got into it, it was really quite simple.

Ready to do some reupholstering? Click here for the tutorial!


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Hi there! I'm Becky Striepe, a green crafter and vegan foodie living in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband and two cats. My mission is to make eco-friendly crafts and vegan food accessible to anyone who wants to give them a go. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



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