I don’t know how many tired, dirty saggy chairs I have passed up while thrift shopping for my projects. Over and over I walk-on-by because somehow I had the impression that upholstery is an expensive hobby. Perhaps it is all the tapes, nails and underlays that I see at the upholstery store – or the $50.00/yard price tag on some of the fabrics I drool over.
This project is proof that with a little creativity, a lot of staple pulling and some clever shopping – a dusty old thrift store find can become the golden girl in your room.
Before you begin, grab a notepad or even your camera and document how you take the chair apart. You’ll be glad you did, trust me!
There is no need to break a sweat sanding every surface – just smooth out any chips, then paint with a can of your favorite spray paint. I got started with some heavy sanding first, then decided that it really wasn’t necessary.
Money saving tip #1: Use as much of the original foam as possible. We added a thin foam underlay and a thick quilt batting to the top of the original yellow foam. A few whip stitches keeps it all together. Or if your foam isn’t reusable, find a camping foam or foam baby mattress to upcycle
Pick apart the original pieces to make a pattern for the new covering
Money Saving Tip #2 – Don’t buy expensive upholstery fabric. Look for discounted tablecloths or curtains. Or, hit your favorite vintage shop and find something fabulous.
Add a covered button for a little style – and to secure the fabric tightly to the curved back.
Then put it all back together – and fasten where needed.
No longer tired and saggy – this chair has got some style.
Cost for this project:
Foam and Batting: 10.00
Curtains for covering: $11.00