How to recover Dining Room Chairs

How to recover dining room chairs
I was going to start this post by saying it’s another chair tutorial, but I looked back and realised its actually been a year since we’ve shared anything chair related (we must have just been going through a phase in early 2014).

If you’ve been following our exploits for a while (and if not, why not?) then you may have seen our pleather dining room chairs before. When we brought our dining room table for our first home (nearly 5 years ago!) they felt quite modern and worked in our simple, open plan kitchen diner. Since then though we’ve started to fall out of love with them – the dark wood, with the brown pleather just seemed… well, brown! We had chair covers for a little while, but they didn’t survive the most recent move. What’s a DIYer to do? Remodel!

I’d like to share two really useful resources upfront that we used for this remodel: How to Recover a Parson Chair and Bamboo Chair Makeover (for the advice regarding the corner pleats). I’d really suggest checking them out for full instructions, but do check out how we did it below.

Like any good project, piccies are a must. This is how our dining room looked as we moved in, without us doing anything:

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Chic no? Not too much brown in there at all…. I think you’ll agree it was definitely time for us to do something about those chairs.

The process itself is quite simple and all you really need is: fabric, pins, stable gun and a sewing machine. I am by no means a pro with a sewing machine but once we got into the swing of things, after the first chair, we found the rest were quite easy. We began by taking our chairs apart, placing them on the fabric and then cutting loosely around to ensure we had enough.

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Effectively what you want to do for the base is wrap over and underneath, pulling the fabric tight and holding the new fabric in place with staples.

For the back of the chair we created a sleeve, which went over the top of the back, could be pulled down tightly and then stapled into the wood. To create that you want to fold the fabric over the top of the chair (pattern in) and pin in place. Our chairs aren’t straight backed, and they curve slightly, which meant our pins didn’t always seem to be in a straight line:

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Once you have the two parts covered you just need to reassemble them, cutting of any excess fabric as you go. It may look complicated, and believe me we thought it would be too, which is why we put it off for so long, but in reality this is quite straightforward once you’ve worked out how your chair comes apart.

The result is also really satisfying! We decided on 4 navy chairs and 2 pink… to go with what will, one day, be our beautiful dining room.

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You’ll also notice I changed the curtains – these were meant to be for after we’d decorated but I seriously needed some pretty in the room! Aren’t they beautiful?

And our recently remodelled Bureau is also peeking in there (so pretty) – check out the tutorial for that: Chalk Paint Bureau.

3 Comments

  1. vmorgan456
    May 24, 2015 / 12:04 am

    Great tutorial -the chairs really make a difference. I love the curtains too! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

    • Sammi
      May 24, 2015 / 7:57 am

      Thanks 🙂

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