Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Antique Chairs Makeover

 I'm  impressed by how many of you have already been decorating for Christmas already. I still need a few days to get in the Christmas spirit. I've been enjoying being inspired by all of your beautiful decorating ideas and am looking forward to more!

On Sunday I revealed the antique chairs from my grandmother's basement.
Today, I'll show you how I painted and recovered the seats.  Reupholstering dining room chairs is

Remember, they looked were in pretty bad shape and looked like this:

Since they were already sanded,  they didn't need any prep, other than to dust them off. After a couple of coats of black paint, they were looking pretty good.

The fabric was worn beyond recognition and came off pretty easily.


Cotton batting was used on the original chairs and Mary Jo's had some in stock. It is so soft! 

Since the cotton batting was so thin, I used 4 layers of it. Three layers were cut the same size as the wood seat and the fourth layer was cut 2" larger on all sides.

The batting was attached with a staple gun.

The fabric was cut larger all the way around, as well.

Voila! Antique Chairs are finished!

Hopefully, there will be time to make two pillows in the midst of Christmas decorating!

Update: you can see the finished pillows by clicking HERE



  1. Even pitiful challenged me could do that and if I look back about twenty years ago I think I recovered a piano bench. Now that I no longer work, outside the home, I can let my creativity flow. Thanks for the information. hugs♥O

  2. The transformation is incredible! I love how they look now. You did a great job!!

  3. they look great, and I love that pillow fabric!
    Debbie (I'm a follower!)

  4. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog! Great job on your chairs, that is the next thing on my list to do in the dining room. I love the fabric!

  5. This is an awesome transformation. I just emailed your link to my mom so that she can see what a gorgeous restoration this is. I also realize I set myself up for more work over the holidays. We have my great-grandmother's dining room set and I really love what you did with your gorgeous chairs. I would love it if you could link this fabulous post to our newly launched blog linky party. Hope you can join us.


  6. Holy moly. Talk about rags to riches! They are beautiful! Thanks for sharing with air your laundry Friday!


  7. Oh my gracious... I cannot believe the transformation here!! AMAZING redo!!
    Would love for you to link up @ Find Your Craft Friday over on my blog... Have a great Friday!

    Emily @ BabyBerry

  8. Replies
    1. I used a Valspar satin finish in black. It was a quart can that is next to the spray paints.


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