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How to Recover a Padded Chair for $3

Howdy folks! Today I’ve got a tutorial for you that will BLOW. YOUR. MIND.

I’ve had this chair in my sewing room/area for years now. Years. And everyday I look at it and hate how ugly it is. And hate how I can’t get the stains out without taking out a BILLION staples to take off the fabric in order to wash it.


And then it dawned on me. I could just COVER IT. Oh my gosh you guys. Why didn’t I think of this before?? Then I spent a lot of time wondering how I could be so daft.


Materials Needed
1/2 yard home dec fabric
staple gun (or nail gun fitted with short staples)

Either 44/45″ or 58/60″ width is fine for the fabric. I found this print at Hobby Lobby which means I used a 40% off coupon which means it cost me about $3. DUH. Again with the face palming. Why, oh why have I been sewing on this ugly chair for so long?

Turn over the chair.

Take out your drill and remove the screws. This one only has two.

The whole seat should come off now. At this point, you could take off the old fabric. I opted not to because of the aforementioned BILLIONS of staples.

Cut a piece of fabric about 2.5″ larger than the seat size.

Pull the fabric up over the back and begin to staple it.

Screw the seat back onto the chair.

Done! Awesome, adorable sewing chair. $3.

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