DIY: Basic Upholstery.

Do you ever wander into a thrift store and see the most perfect piece for that spot in your house you NEEDED something for, and then low and behold.... the fabric is atrocious.  Yeah? Me too.

I fell in love with this sweet little peg legged chair about a year ago, and decided that I could fix the fabric!  Then a year passed... you know how that goes.  But!  I did it today!  Hooray!  Only a year, which is actually pretty good (for me) I think, right?  Back me up here guys.  You get it.  Life and stuff. 

DIY: Basic Upholstery - Chair Update.

This was my first upholstery job, and I am very, very self taught.  Also, since this chair is really only used to store my handbag as I enter the house and occasionally to put my shoes on - it doesn't get used a whole lot.  I'll give you the most basic steps I used, and I think anyone could really update a super simple chair if they wanted to!

What you need:

  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Staple Gun/Staples
  • Hot Glue Gun/Glue (or upholstery glue if you're feeling frisky)
  • Fabric/Leather for Upholstery

Step One:  Pull off backings of parts you want to recover.  Then carefully remove the staples holding the front fabric on.  You will need to save these pieces of fabric so you can use them as a pattern to cut out your new fabric.

DIY: Basic Upholstery - Chair Update.
DIY: Basic Upholstery - Chair Update.

Step Two:  When you've pulled out all the staples, the fabric should pull right off, leaving the back of the chair (the wooden part) and the foam.  Use the fabric to cut out the new cover and the same for the backing piece.  I used some leather I had left over for the back.

DIY: Basic Upholstery - Chair Update.
DIY: Basic Upholstery - Chair Update.

Step Three:  Staple starting on the ends after you have it centered, and pull tightly as you go.  Then for the corners, fold over as best you can without it showing on the right side.

DIY: Basic Upholstery - Chair Update.
DIY: Basic Upholstery - Chair Update.

Step Four: At this point I hot glued the leather backing to these pieces - and I was very generous & slow with the glue.  

DIY: Basic Upholstery - Chair Update.
DIY: Basic Upholstery - Chair Update.

Step Five:  Put your chair back together, and you're done!  

DIY: Basic Upholstery - Chair Update.

This is probably something that most people could figure out, but I just wanted to send some encouragement out there to all my fellow DIY-ers who take on too many projects, or aren't sure if they can do it.  You can!  Just wing it, get some books out from the library, and watch some stuff on YouTube.  You got this.