i 'm so excited to share my most recent DIY with you today!
well, i really shouldn't say my DIY because i couldn't have done this without james' help - it's really a two-person job. we referenced two online tutorials for the project - here and here - and made some adjustments along the way.
we recovered two chair seats that measured about 15x14 in. and used 3/4 yd. fabric. the fabric is a faux crocodile leather we found at joann's for less than $8. true story.
oh, and we have chair sliders on the base of each chair leg to save the wood floors, but to jazz them up after reupholstering the seats, i painted them a metallic brass color.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- heavy-duty staple gun
- 5/16 in. staples
- spray adhesive
flip chair over and unscrew seat from chair frame.
remove staples, backing, fabric, batting, foam, and fabric from seat. if your chair is more than 5 years old, consider tossing everything. putting new foam on your seat will breath new life into the chair, not to mention, make it more comfortable.
cut foam, batting, and fabric. i'm a nerdbird and measured it out, but you can probably eyeball the measurements - just make sure to err on the side of too much material vs. too little.
cut foam 1/2 inch larger than seat.
cut batting 3 inches larger than seat.
cut fabric 4 inches larger than seat.
*love note on seat is optional
spray wooden seat with spray adhesive and carefully center foam on top. it will bind immediately, so there's no drying time.
set cut fabric down on a workspace, place batting on top, and stack seat with adhered foam on top of the batting.
gently stretch batting and fabric over the back of the seat and staple the fabric in the center of all four sides.
if your fabric has a pattern, now is a good time to flip the seat over to see if it is centered.
continue stapling one side by gently tugging fabric until is is taut, then move to the opposite side and again stretch fabric before stapling. repeat for remaining sides.
*we had to run out to get a heavy-duty upholstery staple gun and i stretched the fabric while james stapled. if you manage to get a wooden seat with new foam stapled by yourself, i tip my cap to you.
that's it! once the fabric and batting is safely stapled, screw the seat back into the chair and you're done.