Recovering & Refinishing Dining Chairs – The Easy Way

Don’t be intimidated about refinishing a set of dining chairs, just because they have padded or fabric cushions. Reupholstering seat… Read more »

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Don’t be intimidated about refinishing a set of dining chairs, just because they have padded or fabric cushions. Reupholstering seat cushions is VERY easy and straightforward. It’s also a very forgiving project that you can always go back and redo if you feel like you want to do it differently or change the color of fabric.

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Don’t be intimidated about refinishing a set of dining chairs, just because they have padded or fabric cushions. Reupholstering seat cushions is VERY easy and straightforward. It’s also a very forgiving project that you can always go back and redo if you feel like you want to do it differently or change the color of fabric.

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Recovering & Refinishing a padded dining chair is basically done in 3 parts: 1. Remove the cushion and recover it 2. Paint the chair 3. Then put them back together.

Step 1:

Remove the seat cushion – Do this by turning the chair upside down and unscrewing the seat bottom from the frame of the chair. This is a very easy step. There should be 4 screws that are holding the seat bottom to the frame of the chair. Just find those screws and detach the seat.

Step 2:

Recover the Cushions – Cut your fabric into squares that are large enough to cover the cushion and staple on the underside of each one. I did about 5-10 staples on each side, but I’m sure you can get away with less. Go ahead and trim the excess fabric if you would like. I try to keep the fabric pulled straight from each side and do it without bunching it up too much in one place. If you want to redo a section, just take some pliers and pull the staples out and do that area again. Once you are finished stapling, the cushion is finished being recovered – SO EASY!

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Step 3: Paint the Chair(s) & Replace – Now that the cushions are removed, you can go ahead and paint the chairs just like you would any other piece of furniture. Start with sanding, cleaning thoroughly, priming, painting and then again with a second coat. Once the paint is completely dry, you can turn the chair upside down and screw the seat cushion back to the chair.  Then, it’s finished!

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