This will be the third time I’ve recovered these chairs in the time that we’ve had them, about ten years now. I have yet to take off the old covers, it adds a little extra cushion and takes less time, if I just cover right over them. That right there lets you know just how easy this job is.
They were a light green and clearly, even after trying to scrub them, I just could not get them cleaned up.
It’s actually quite simple and very cost effective. I got two yards of fabric from a remnant at Jo-Ann Fabric’s with a 40% of coupon, so the cost was less than $20. YIPPEE!! I already had a staple gun and staples from previous projects around the home. The fabric I bought is a medium thickness upholstery type, brown in color. I knew this time I wanted something darker and very neutral. (eventually we’re going to work on redoing our kitchen floor and I want something that will match just about anything).
To measure out the amount of fabric I’m going to need, I just lay the cushion on top of the fabric neat the corner of the left side and size it up. I just want to have about two inches left on the sides, otherwise, it just gets in the way and needs to be trimmed off anyway. I did some loose measuring with a tape measure here, but otherwise, I really didn’t use one for the rest of the project. I just eyeballed about two inches and made my cuts. Once I knew where I had the extra fabric on the other side I just trimmed it down so I would have about two inches of extra fabric on both sides then I did the same for the other sides and just went from there.
I start by folding down the two inch side by about one inch so I have about one inch left to work with. I just think that the double layer of fabric helps the staples stick better and the fabric seems to hold up better that way. Then I just staple down the side about four to five times along the edge. Making sure to press on the staple gun HARD, otherwise, they won’t go all the way through to the wood and then you have to start over.
Once the first side is done, turn your seat around and pull the fabric taught – you don’t want any looseness to the fabric. Staple as you did on the first side – keeping fabric taught as you go and continue with the other two sides.
The corners are a little tricky. I staple the fabric down fairly close but not all the way because I’m going to trim any extra fabric here and then “fold” it down so it looks nice (I know no ones going to see it but it just makes me feel better to know it looks nice anyway – OCDish here!!!)
Be very careful to not trim too much, once it’s gone, it’s gone, there’s no going back.
I have the extra trimmed off now and I’m going to put a staple on each side close together. I still have the majority of the fabric under my hand which I’m going to fold down.
Once I have the underneath attached very securely I fold the rest of the fabric down to make somewhat of a point. Trimming any more extra fabric here at the end and stapling down the rest of the corner while holding the fabric taught again at the edge. This makes for a very nice corner finish once it’s completed.
TA-DA. It looks so much nicer now. It only took me about two hours to recover all four chairs (my husband helped with the manual labor – unscrewing/screwing the seats from the frames) otherwise it would have taken me longer. I do always appreciate his help with my crafty stuff.
I’m a firm believer that there’s no need to spend a lot of money for someone else to do something I can do. Not only that, but it makes me feel good to know that I can change these seat covers out when ever I feel a need for change. I don’t have to spend a lot of money or time to do it.
Hope this inspires some of you to change out your own kitchen seat covers the next time they’re looking a little less than appealing.~Bam!