Giggles and Glue Guns

Dumpster Diver's Diary: Dining Chairs



I’d say that around half of the furniture pieces and accessories in my home are from thrift stores, flea markets or best of all, from dumpsters! It really just giggles me pink to re-vamp things that I find for FREE on the side of the road. These two dining chairs were no exception. My boyfriend lugged them in one day in a sad state of  brown with some icky stained beige cushions. But there’s nothing that a quick coat of black spray paint and an easy home upholstery job couldn’t fix! Check it:


What You’ll Need:

  • Fabric to cover cushions – around 1 square yard per cushion, depending on size.
  • Spray paint (one can per chair for optimal coverage)
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper (optional)

Do It (refer to photos above):

  1. Unscrew the chair cushions from the base.
  2. Spray paint the wooden chair(s) with your choice of color. I roughed the chairs up a bit with some sand paper before I started painting to make sure the paint would stick. Make sure your can of spray paint says it’s suitable for wood.
  3. Lay your cushion face down on your fabric and cut around it, making sure there is ample fabric to wrap around side of cushion (photo 4 above) – much like wrapping a present!
  4. Start wrapping your cushion by folding the fabric around the edge of the cushion and securing with staples. Work at opposite sides to ensure a snug fit. Make sure you keep checking the top side of the cushion to see that the fabric grain is straight, etc. *Around the corners make neat folds, like hospital corners to ensure a snug and finished look. Remember the bottom of the cushion doesn’t matter, it won’t show – just concentrate on the top and sides looking perfect.
  5. Once you’ve securely stapled all four sides of the fabric around the cushion, trim the excess from the underside with scissors. Allow room for fraying if you’re using an unfinished fabric like burlap.
  6. Screw the cushion base back onto the freshly painted and dry chair base and voila!



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