SUPER Easy 10 Minute Chair Update
Posted by Susan Sease
Hi all! Sorry I have been so quiet but I have a ton of projects (all unfinished) going on and I don’t want to share them with you until they are done… OK so it’s either that or I am feeling lazy and don’t want to clean and take pictures… you decide
So rather than clean the house or write a big post on something I’m working on I decided to start yet ANOTHER project… this one I can finish quickly though so I think it will help me feel like I have accomplished something…
First let me start off by saying that this chair “makeover” really took me less than 10 minutes to finish, which includes me taking the award wining photos seen below (seriously don’t be jealous)!
First I started off with this “blah” vanity chair that the previous owners so graciously left for me. I do use the chair because my vanity is SUPER short even for my 5’5 frame so sitting down to put on makeup is a must. Also, we have updated NOTHING in this bathroom since we moved in so I really wanted to inject a little bit of “me” into the space so I started with this.
Nothing special and I thought about painting it too, but I’m pretty sure the black will work for me long term, if not it is an easy change to make after the fact so pressing on…
I removed the seat, cut a square of fabric I had on hand 3” wider than the seat and “place tacked” the fabric on. Place taking means that you slightly angle the staple so that it is easily removed once you get to that space. It is very important to place tack in order to ensure your fabric is placed properly.
I am still using my AWESOME electric stapler by Maestri, it cost me about $130 but was well worth it and so much easier than lugging out a air compressor for such a small job.
I stapled around the edges pulling the fabric taught (NOT TIGHT) working my way from one staple to the next, removing the place staples as I got to them. If you do it this way you should have no to very little wrinkles along the outer edge of your seat.
Once done it looks like this.
I then trimmed the excess fabric close to the staples.
I realigned the chair back on the seat cushion and reattached it with the original screws. Most seats will be attached in a very similar way so it makes reupholstering the cushions very easy.
Here it is all finished up, like 8 minutes later!
Seriously so easy I’m a little irritated I waited so long to do this!
I hope this inspires you to try a little upholstery too! These types of chairs are so simple to do, but I will say it helps to have the right stapler. I have had MANY non electric staplers over the years and I cannot say enough about the ease of using this one. If you are going to do a large project or if you may do many projects over the course of a year I would recommend buying the best stapler you can afford, it will make all the difference in the world I promise!
Hope you have a GREAT weekend, we can see Spring coming and I cannot wait to get outside and do some gardening!
Thanks as always for stopping by…
Until next time!
About Susan SeaseHi, my name is Susan and I’m a furniture hoarder… whew, now that I have said that I feel so much better! Anyway, I started this whole furniture refinishing and blogging business in 2011 and I have LOVED every minute of it! It’s not “easy” by any means but it allows me to utilize my creative side and meet lots of wonderful people… it is seriously my dream occupation! I have been refinishing furniture for myself for over 20 years but never gave any thought to doing this for others until my kids had gotten to the point that they didn’t need me as much… sad but true! So now I’m a stay at home mom and wife who has decided that fixing up and painting furniture is so much more rewarding than vacuuming and grocery shopping… my house is never quite as clean as I would like for it to be and there is furniture everywhere… but I couldn’t be happier! I hope you can come along on this journey with me!
Posted on March 14, 2014, in Furniture and tagged Chair, decorating, DIY upholstering, DIY vanity stool recovering, Easy DIY Upholstering, Home, home improvement, Recovering vanity chair, Upholstery DIY, vanity chair update. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.