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How to refurbish an old chair

OLD CHAIR MADE NEW BY YOU

DIY HOME INSPIRATION – UPCYCLING AND THRIFTSHOPPING FIND MADE NEW.

Too many beautiful old furniture gets thrown away because they look worn out or old. There are also so many unique pieces to find secondhand. By reupholstring / refurbish you can easily renew your old chair, with your favorite color or fabric. Bonus is that you get a one-of-a-kind furniture !

The most important tip : Take pictures of the chair while you remove fabric, so that you can look back if you wonder how they were attatched and done! This way you can almost do the job without any guidance at all, but- here is a step-by-step with lots of pic:

STEP 1: TOOLS AND FABRIC.

Fabric you can get in hobby shops or bigger interior/home shops. You can also use curtains, big tablecloth among others. Search online or go to your local shop. You may also need new cushion material or foam/wadding if the old one is worn out or smells.

Tools: Scizzors, hammer, needle (circular shape, to sew the fabric on the backside) , pliers and screwdriver. You also need staples and staple gun , and also furniture nails if you wish (the finishing is better/more pretty). If you remove the fabric carefully , you may use the nails again on your new fabric.

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STEP 2: REMOVE ARMRESTS AND OLD FABRIC

Pry and yank the staples with a screwdriver and pliers or side cutters. Remove the upholstery and cushion material inside if you need to.

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reupholster old chair

 

STEP 3: NEW FABRIC AND CUSHION MATERIAL

Use the old fabric to measure up before you cut new pieces. Always estimate a little to much. You need 3 pieces! Cut cushion or wadding material in pieces that fit the chair.

new fabric on chair

old chair reupholstring

 

STEP 4: INSTALL THE NEW FABRIC

For the seat, start in the center of one side, secure your fabric in place with the staple gun, and begin to staple around , pulling the fabric tightly. Staple the corners last and try to work the fabric over the corners smoothly. Corners are important! Trim the corners for extra fabric. Use old fabric as guide, and try folding them several ways to see what gives the best result (Also you can look at before pictures of the chair you hopefully took, to see how the folded in the corners, if you find it hard)

Check the fabric several times when stapling around, that there is no folds or lumps.

The seat and back fabric are to go in opening between seat and the back/backrest, and stapled at the back. Push it through with help of the screwdriver or another slim non-sharp tool. Pull the fabric tightly.

Reupholster / refurbish old chair

STEP 5: BACKSIDE OF THE CHAIR/ SEWING AND FINISHING

The hardest part. Staple the fabric on the top, and put the wooden plate (or cardboard paper plate) on top , then pull the fabric over. Fold the edges, and staple / use nails where you manage to reach. Stretch the fabric all the way to the bottom and fasten it under the chairseat. Here you have to use a a sewing thread same color as fabric, and a circular shaped needle, so that you can sew the fabric on the sides of the back for a perfect finish!

Sew the back piece together on the sides.

STEP 6: SCREW ON ARMRESTS , SIT DOWN AND ENJOY YOUR ONE-OF-A-KIND FURNITURE PIECE!

and maaaybe before, if needen.. give the teak wood some loving! See Teak wood tip below!

TEAK WOOD MAINTENANANCE:

A little tip you can use on armrest if needed:

Examine the wood for any cracks, splits, and damage. If the chairs are perfect, skip this step. Sand the entire surface of the chairs with fine/220 sandpaper. Teak wood can dry out overtime and needs to have oil reapplied. Sanding the surface will ensure that there is no residue or foreign material on the wood. By creating an even surface, the oil will absorb nicely. Apply any Teak Oil. Using a clean dry rag, follow the instructions on the back of the oil. Between coats, let the wood dry overnight. Put 2 to 3 coats of oil on the wood.

New painted kitchen walls

COLORFUL WALLS

Want some changes at home? Painting is a fast and fun way to give your walls or furniture a new look.

Our kitchen is white, and we used to have white walls. We were looking for a calm and colorful paint for the walls. After trying a blue-grey color, we were not quite happy, and landed on this beautiful peach color.

The color is supermatte, named “Blushing Peach”, from Jotun Lady. We painted 2 coats, and used a 3 liter can. Painted the floor list as well, but kept the top list in white, as the ceiling is also white.

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On the kitchen-side we kept it simple with clean walls. We love to decorate with a lot of green plants.

DININGAREA- DIY TABLE.

All our chairs are old, from thriftshopping and secondhand.

The dark teak works well with the peach wallcolor.

upcycle teakchair

On the opposite wall we have posters and family photos, and a DIY cabinet we made ourselves, painted in blue.

wallpaint blushing peach

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VEGGMALING BLUSHING PEACH

Lamp over kitchen table is from a dumpster outside a building area, another “upcycled” interior piece. From trash to treasure- we love it!

secondhand teak chair

blushing peach wallcolor

DIY CABINET

This cabinet is made from 2 old windows. Feet are from an old kitchen table. MDF board used in the back,

wooden boards on the sides and as shelves inside. The blue paint is a mix form different blues we had in the house.

We love plants and cactuses!

So many different shapes and personalities! Perfect way to add some color to your home

plant home urban jungle

We also bought a light green color,also from Jotun Lady, that works well with the peach wallcolor.

The plan is to paint some of the diningchairs.

Ready for spring!

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