I was fortunate to be given a dining room table with 6 chairs. The wood had a 70s, maybe 80s, look to it. It had brown wood and brown faux leather chairs. Knew the leather had to go. I was originally ok with leaving the table and chairs the original table, but I found a damask patterned roll of fabric at Hancock Fabric for a really great price, so I bought enough for the head board I was working on and the chairs.

DIY: Reupholstered Dining Room Chairs

Most upholstered chairs have screws on the bottom to separate the cushion from the chair. I removed the cushion and began spray painting the wood black (to coordinate with the fabric, have fun with the color). While the paint dried, I used the original foam from the chair, but removed the leather. That way I didn’t have to purchase new foam or cut it to fit the shape of the chair.

Using a staple gun, I wrapped the foam with the fabric and it was ready to go! By the time all 6 chairs were covered, the black paint was dry and ready for the top clear coat for protection. I chose to use a matte finish as oppose to glossy.

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  1. Your chair project is so impressive. I have a thrift section in my store and wish that I had time to work on projects like this one. I love the way you have your website set up. I look forward to working with you in the summer WCU class.
    Tina Jones

    1. Hi Tina! Thanks for checking out my DIY project. It was simple, yet so refreshing! I’m actually sitting in one of the chair now, 8 years later. I wish I had more time to do more projects, too. I completed a few here and there.

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