Upholstery projects can be expensive even when doing it yourself if the perfect fabric happens to be designer. Making your own custom fabric is easy and inexpensive. I recovered these chairs using stenciled drop cloth fabric. I found these chairs at a thrift store- paint- spattered, marker-swiped, sticker-stuck. Unfortunately, I didn’t get pics of the budding artists’ handiwork. Bad blogger. With a lot of scrubbing with various cleansers, I was able to remove the aforementioned character from the chairs.
This pic doesn’t really do justice to the nastiness of the fabric, but it’s good for a before/after comparison. I removed the fabric and all 5000 staples, blisters to prove it.
Since I’m planning on selling them, I wanted to keep the fabric neutral. I decided to use a stencil that I bought at Hobby Lobby (with a coupon), a drop cloth I had on hand and a bottle of brown craft paint.
After the paint was dry, I simply stapled it onto the seats and screwed them back onto the chairs.
Here are some tips for stenciling and recovering:
- When removing the seats, number the seats and the chair frames so that when you are reassembling, you are able to match the seat to the corresponding chair. They may all look the same, but there may be some differences, such as where the screw holes are located.
- Wash and iron your drop cloth before stenciling.
- Use one of the old chair covers for a pattern to cut out your drop cloth. Add an inch or so all around for a little extra play room when stapling. Cut out the pieces before stenciling so that you can center your stencil on the seat, if need be, and so you don’t have to stencil more than you need. Yep, I’m lazy like that.
- Make sure you have enough paint to stencil all the fabric pieces. Don’t ask me how I know.
- Staple the center of each side first. Then gather the corners and staple the fabric in place. There is probably a right way to do this, but I just gather it like I going to tie up a garbage bag, pull, staple and smooth as I go around the corners. Then fill in the sides with staples, again pulling and smoothing as you go.
One more look at the finished chairs:
The table? That’s another story, to be continued….