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When you’re working with a small budget, but desperately need new chairs for your dining room table, what do you do? Well, you go thrift shopping of course, and you find unique mis-matched chairs that can fit well together after a quick little makeover. This is a skill that every DIYer should have, so today I’m going to show you How to Reupholster Dining Room Chairs

The BEFORE…

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and the sleek, modern AFTER…

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It really didn’t take much to turn these outdated dining room chairs into new, modern masterpieces that fit the style of the ultra contemporary dining room I was working on! Here’s what you’ll need to makeover your own chairs…

Supplies

Thrifted Dining Chairs with a padded seat (or your existing ones that need a face lift)

Fabric {about 1/2 yard per chair}

Paint & Primer

Sanding Block

Screw driver

Staple Remover

Staple Gun

Scissors

Step 1: First, locate some old or outdated dining room chairs that have removable seat cushions (Pro Tip: if you’re thrifting chairs, make sure you try them out by actually sitting in them, to make sure they’re sturdy!). Next, use a screw driver to remove the seat, making sure to hang onto the screws you took off. To remove a seat cushion, just look for one screw in each corner under the seat. You might need to move the old fabric out of the way to get a good view!

(I actually dig this vintage fabric, but it didn’t work at all in the room I was designing)

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Step 2: Lay your seat upside down on top of your new fabric, I went with a warm, brown faux leather to contrast with the new white paint I was using on the chairs. If you have too much fabric, cut it down to size and leave 1-2 inches of overlap on each side. {If the old fabric on the seat is too thick, use a staple remover to remove the staples, and take off the outdated fabric but leave on the cushion material. Then lay upside down to continue with this process.}

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Step 3: Starting on the side of the seat, pull the fabric tightly towards the center and using a staple gun tackle the fabric into place.

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Step 4: Continue all the way around the seat until you come to a corner. Fold the corner fabric towards the center, staple, overlap the side flap and staple again.

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Step 5: While the seat is still removed, use a sanding block to remove any glossiness on your chairs, wipe down with a rag and begin painting. Since chairs get a lot of use, I recommend 2-3 coats of paint allowing for dry time between each.  You can choose the finish of your paint depending on your style. I used a satin on these chairs.

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Step 6: After your chairs are completely dry, which may take 24 hours, reassemble the seats using the screws you took out earlier. Next, step back to take a look at your new updated dining room chairs and be amazed by how simple it was to give them a gorgeous makeover! Then invite your family and friends over for dinner so they can enjoy them too!

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 Check out the accent wall tutorial HERE

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Plus the tutorial for the dining room buffet HERE

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