If you have a piece of furniture that you want to breathe new life into, consider painting it and reupholstering it. Both processes are not overly difficult to do and will leave you with a completely different piece that you can be proud to display in your home. The following guide walks you through the ins and outs of transforming a chair or stool into something unique and beautiful.
Remove the Upholstered Portions of the Piece
There should be small screws holding the upholstered sections of the seat to the chair or stool frame. Use a screwdriver to turn the screws counterclockwise to remove them from the frame. Once all of the screws are removed, you should be able to easily lift the upholstered pieces loose from the frame.
Remove the Upholstery
Next, you need to lay the upholstered pieces on a flat surface with the portion that you usually sit on facing toward the floor. Pull the ends of the upholstery loose from the pieces. You may need to remove some upholstery nails with pliers when removing the upholstery. There may be padding under the upholstery that you will need to pull loose from the pieces, as well.
Sand Down the Frame
Next, you want to sand down the frame of the chair or stool with light grain sandpaper. Be sure to cover every inch of the frame so that you can get an even coat of paint on the frame when you are done.
Paint the Frame
Purchase a can of spray paint that is designed for use on the type of material that was used to create the frame. There are spray paints available for metals, plastics, and woods. Apply the paint to the chair in thin, even coats and allow it to dry overnight before attaching the upholstered pieces to it.
Choose Your Upholstery Fabric
Go to a fabric store and search through the upholstery fabric to find the right fabric for your seat or chair. You want to be sure that you choose upholstery fabric because it is thicker and able to stand up to the wear and tear that will be put on the stool or chair when people sit on it. While you are at the fabric store, buy new upholstery foam if needed, as well.
Reupholster the Chair Pieces
Lay the piece that needs to be reupholstered on top of the foam. Trace around each piece and cut the foam to the exact same size of the piece. Spread out the upholstery fabric with the print side of the fabric facing down toward the floor. Lay the pieces that need to be upholstered onto the fabric and trace around them being sure to leave three inches of extra fabric around the edges of the pieces that you will be upholstering to be sure that the fabric can fit over the foam and around the pieces to be secured. Pull the upholstery taut and staple it around the edges so that it will stay secure.
Once the pieces have been reupholstered and the paint has dried, hold the pieces against the frame of the chair or stool. Use the screws to tighten the pieces back to the frame. The chair should look brand new and serve as a great conversation piece in any room in your home.
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