Put a bird on it

We’ve been enjoying Mary’s grandmother’s dining set for the past few months, but the fabric on the seat cushions needed a little bit of updating.  So we put a bird on it and reupholstered them.  It’s […]

We’ve been enjoying Mary’s grandmother’s dining set for the past few months, but the fabric on the seat cushions needed a little bit of updating.  So we put a bird on it and reupholstered them.  It’s actually pretty simple – especially if you have a staple gun.  (NB – it was harder than I thought to find reasonable sized staples for our 7/32 stapler.  All that the big box stores carry are crazy long staples – like longer than an inch.  Those would work great if you like sitting on chair that has a sharp piece of metal sticking through it.  I had to get 1/2 inch staples online).

Mary found this great fabric that was on sale at Joann’s.  Oslo spice?  Not sure what that means, but it has our wall color in it and some awesome birds.

Off with the old – on with the new, Ed and Joe style (well, Ed mostly – Joe was the wood finishing guy).  It took almost 3 yards to finish the 6 chairs – we could just fit two seats across the bolt (did I say that right?).

It turns out this isn’t really rocket science.  Start in the top center with a staple, pull it taught and hit the bottom – then I did the same on the sides.  Pulling the fabric even, I filled in with staples back towards the center.

The old covers had roughly pleated corners, but the seats are so heavily rounded, it wasn’t that hard to avoid having any major pleats with a little careful attention and a lot of staples.

Since the corners are fully exposed on this chair, I don’t want a pleat.

Did I mention that I used a lot of staples?  For the 6 seats, I went through almost 5 strips – which I believe have 50 staples each.

Here’s one of the corners before I trimmed all of the excess materials.  No pleats – and didn’t even need any relief cuts.  Full “after” photos to follow.  All in all, a fun way to spend an hour or so in the evening.

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Ryan is an attorney, father, husband and tinkerer.