Keeping in mind my massive 2014 ‘TO DO” list for the home, I’m getting ready to start making some little changes here and there to the home. I’ve really been wanting to re-cover the chair cushions in my dining room. It’s a really easy project to do but I do suggest having someone else there to help you! (I’ll explain why)
Our dining room table set was a house warming gift from the In-Laws when we first purchased our home in 2012. I love our dining room table but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the fabric on the seat cushions. Fast forward 2 years later….I’ve lived with it and now I knew what I wanted. I knew that I wanted something with gray in the fabric to tie in with the future changes I would be making to this space. I went to a local fabric warehouse to search for my new fabric. I didn’t want to go to Joann’s or any other places because I wanted to do this project for as little money as I could. The local fabric warehouse I go to has a huge variety of different fabrics and a major discounted price. They have designer fabrics that they get in their warehouse. They get these expensive fabrics for at cost from the fabric mills when they are selling off the ‘extra’ fabric that they have. When I wanted to re-upholster one of my couches I went to the Fabric Warehouse where I was able to get 10 yards of really nice fabric for $7.99/yard compared to $30/yd if I went to a retailer, like Joann’s.
This is the fabric that I ended up with. It is a strong upholstery fabric, great for seat cushions that get a lot of use! This is a fabric that Crate & Barrel uses and I got it for $8.99/yard. I needed 2 yards for this project and my total cost was under $20.00 to re-cover 4 chair seat cushions.
The first step was removing the seat cushion from the chair. It was very simple, I just had to un-screw 4 screws from the bottom and volia! Your done! My next step was to cut the fabric to fit the new seat cushion. What I did was lay the seat cushion on top of the fabric and I folded over the fabric onto the seat cushion to see how much fabric I needed in order to wrap it around the seat cushion. Repeat 3 times until you have all of your cuts done.
Once you have all of your fabric ready you are now ready to staple your fabric to the seat cushion. I did not remove the old fabric rather to save time and I’m sure a huge headache, I just simply stapled the new fabric over the old. Stapling of the fabric to the seat cushion does require 2 people. It’s best if you have one person holding and pulling the fabric while the other staples! (Thank you Amy for your help!!).
What I did was staple the fabric in the middle of the top and bottom of the seat cushion to hold it in place and then we just went around the entire seat cushion until it was completed. We did take our time folding the fabric at the corners to have a clean corner. It’s kind of like wrapping up a present. Once you do a few you will have it down pat for the next cushions. Once you have stapled the entire seat cushion you should have ‘left over’ fabric. Simply, just trim the extra fabric off with scissors.
Once you are done with all of your seat cushions, simply just put them back on the chairs and then look at the amazing job you did!
In total this project cost under $20.00 and it took Amy and I about an hour from start to finish. If I ever want to recover the cushions again I would just remove the new fabric and do the same process again, leaving the original fabric on the seat cushion!