The $5 Chair Rehab
What would you do if you saw these “Before” chairs at a yard sale? Or even on the side of the road for free? Would you drive right by thinking how junky they are? Not me – I see them as an awesome project waiting for my creativity!
For this project we had a pair of chairs that had an off white cushion. Not sure what was on these chairs but they easily could have ended up in a dumpster – but I couldn’t let that happen.
I actually enjoy reupholstering and enjoy adding different color to our chairs whenever I want.
Here are the chairs before I got a hold of them!!
My younger daughter is testing them out (don’t mind the hair bling she put on her forehead…)
Anyway – I went to the Salvation Army because sometimes they have some fabric for sale. Walmart near us finally started carrying fabric again so I was going to head there next. However, I hit the jackpot at Salvation Army and scored this green and white striped fabric. It was several yards for just $5 – far better than I would have paid at a big box store. I was a little nervous about working with stripes but figured I would give it a shot.
I didn’t take any photos in progress so I will explain it. The underside of this particular style chair had five screws – once I unscrewed them, it released the entire cushion. Then I simply placed the cushion on the fabric, trying to get the stripes straight, and cut around it with approximately a three inch edge. Then I started stapling the fabric to the underside of the cushion. I stapled one side first to anchor it, then as I stapled each additional side – I pulled tight while stapling.
Once the cushion cover is all stapled on, I put it back on the chair and screw it back down. It takes a bit of time but it is a pretty easy project with amazing results.
What can I do next?