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Turn Mismatched Chairs Into A Gorgeous Coordinating Dining Set

It's time to dumpster dive, y'all.

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Those ugly AF chairs you always see sitting on the curb? Yeah, those things are just waiting to be turned into a beautiful dining set courtesy of YOU. Turn it from this...


* Old chairs

* Safety equipments

* Safety goggles

* Work gloves

* Face mask

* Cleaning supplies

* Disinfectant spray

* Paper towel

* Bug spray (optional)

* Pliers

* Scissors

* Screw driver

* Sand paper or electronic sander

* Painting supplies

* Paint brush or paint roller

* Paint tray

* Primer

* Paint color of your choice, we chose white

* Gloss or stain of your choice, we used polyurethane

* Upholstery supplies

* Staple gun

* Iron

* Upholstery foam

* Batting

* Sturdy fabric of your choice

* Serrated knife

* Dust cover fabric

* Gimp trim

* Glue gun


# Clean all chairs thoroughly with disinfectant spray and paper towel (optional: bug spray).

# Remove the old upholstery.

# For arm chairs: remove staples with pliers and cut off old fabric with scissors.

# Throw out old foam and batting.

# For chairs with removable cushion: unscrew the cushion from the chair.

# Sand down the chairs until smooth (wear safety equipments).

# Prime the chairs as instructed on the primer container. Let dry completely.

# Paint the chairs as instructed on the container. Let dry completely.

# Reupholstering an armchair:

# Put one piece of foam on the seat.

# Fill any gaps with batting.

# Add one or two layers of batting over the entirety of the seat, depending on how soft you want your chair to be.

# Cover the batting with fabric.

# Iron the fabric.

# Pull the fabric until taut and staple in the center of all four sides.

# Staple the rest of the edges, about 4 inches apart.

# Trim excess fabric along the staple line.

# Apply gimp trim along the edges to hid the fabric edge and staples using a glue gun.

# Reupholstering a chair with removable cushion:

# Wear safety equipments.

# Use pliers to remove all the staples at the bottom of the cushion.

# Throw out old fabric, batting and foam. Only the wood piece should be left.

# Add new foam. Use serrated knife to shape the foam.

# Add batting over the foam, leaving 4 inches on each side.

# Flip the cushion over.

# Pull batting until taut.

# Staple the center of the batting to the wooden part of the seat.

# Repeat on all 4 sides.

# Staple the rest of the batting around the edge, about 4 inches apart.

# Iron the fabric.

# Repeat the same steps with the fabric.

# Trim excess fabric and batting along the staple line.

# Cut the dust cover fabric to fit the wood piece.

# Fold each side of the dust cover fabric in 1-2 inches and staple on to the wood.

# Screw the cushion back to the chair.

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