Hello beautiful friends! Today I’m finally sharing the two chairs left in my Fall Haul that I’ve been teasing for about two weeks now! I’m also going to use them to show how easy it is to replace a seat cushion. And for those of you that missed me popping in on Saturday, welcome to my new and improved site! Both the blog and I survived the update marvelously. I hope you’ll take a peek at the homepage before you go. That’s where all the pretty is!
I missed touring with my Furniture Fixer Upper girls on Thursday because of my blog being under construction for a couple of days, but just in case you missed their makeovers, I’ll include them at the bottom, so be sure to check them out if you missed them!
Here’s another peek at the last two items in my Fall haul:
I see these chairs quite often but I just could not pass them up this time for the bargain price of $5.25 each!
This is the Goodwill closest to my house and I always find something there, but not usually furniture. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
To start this makeover, I removed the seats by unscrewing four screws from the bottom of each chair. Then I gave both chairs a good wipe down with knock-off Lysol wipes (NO sanding required!) and a coat of BOSS in white. I thought for sure these might bleed through. I let them dry overnight and then gave them two coats each of Dixie Belle’s Fluff:
No bleeding yay! I sanded them with 220 grit sandpaper and cleaned all the dust up with my shop vac. Then I wiped them down with a clean soft cloth and sealed with Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat in Satin using their blue sponge applicator.
And here is how they turned out…
The original seat cushions were flattened and really needed replacing.
First, I gathered my supplies!
1. 18 X 18 X 2″ sized seat cushion (I found mine at Walmart for around $7)
3. Electric carving knife or regular knife (I found mine at the thrift store.)
6. Staple Gun and staples
Not pictured: sharpie, upholstery staple remover
If your cushions are in good condition, you might be able to cover right over the existing fabric. However, that wasn’t the case here, so the first step was removing the old fabric. I used my upholstery staple remover to easily remove all the staples:
After removing the first layer, I uncovered two more!
It’s always fun to see what is under those layers. My favorite is layer number two!
You can also see there what was inside the cushion. Definitely time for a replacement.
I took the seat all the way down to the wood:
Now I was ready to build the seat back.
- I started by using the wood as a pattern and traced it onto the new foam cushion using a sharpie.
- Next, I used my electric knife to cut the foam. I found mine at the thrift store years ago. It went MIA for a while until I realized my Mom had it. It cuts through foam like butter!
- All done! If you don’t have an electric knife, a regular knife will do.
- Then I cut a piece of batting to fit and started wrapping the new seat cushion by pulling it taut and adding several staples on either side. I love my el cheapo staple gun!
- I added several staples on the opposites sides and then continued on the corners, pulling the batting taut as I went. I used my fabric scissors to trim any excess batting.
- Next, I cut my fabric, making sure to center the pattern how I wanted.
- Then I did the same as I did with the batting and started stapling several staples on opposite sides, making sure to pull the fabric taut as I stapled. You don’t want a saggy seat!
- I then added several more staples to the other two sides, pulling the fabric taut as I went as well.
- To finish the corners, I took the staples all the way to the edges on the front.
- Then I trimmed the excess fabric off as shown.
- Next, I created a corner fold by tucking the fabric on the front over the side and then secured the side fabric with several more staples. I continued the same way with the other three corners.
- The end result is a small fold in the corner. If your cushion is flatter, you can avoid having any kind of fold simply by pulling the fabric in the corner super tight and stapling it in place. It is more difficult if you have a thicker cushion.
Here’s another option for those corners:
You can find this redo HERE.
Check out my double welt tutorial (as seen above) if that’s something you need HERE.
And here is a more flat cushion where I added piping:
You can find my tutorial for adding piping to dining room chairs HERE.
I almost always add piping, but because you can’t see the sides of the cushion here, I chose not to.
This fabric has been in my stash for as long as I can remember. It was a remnant that I picked up at a fabric store that has since gone out of business. It is beautiful quality and I just love the subtle hue.
Time to bring out my winter greens. I just love juniper for winter…
I found that on deep discount at Pier One after the holidays several years ago. The clock came from HomeGoods.
And I did do both chairs:
I love this pretty detail on the back…
If you missed this table makeover, I used Fluff on it as well:
See the super sad state it was in when I found it HERE.
Be sure to check out my friends’ furniture redos as well if you haven’t already:
And that completes my Fall Haul!!
Visit anything you might have missed at the links below!!
So I shared this photo on my FB page on Sunday:
I did it, ya’ll. I started something and now there is no turning back. Of course, this has started a chain reaction, so it looks like I am going to be spending a few days tackling our master bedroom. It has been a long time coming!!
I’ll stop by on Thursday to wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving and to share what other projects in this room need help! We still have to tackle my sister’s kitchen island and her table and chairs as well so I can reveal her kitchen. PLUS, I have a whole new haul to start on, so there are lots of fun things coming to the blog!
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