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How to Transform a Chair: Upholstery + Paint

Miss last Saturday's workshop on how to make over a chair? Make it to the workshop but need a refresher? 

Welcome to our online tutorial on how to reupholster and paint a chair!



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-       Chair with an upholstered seat
-       Fabric (1/2 yard per chair)
-       Scissors
-       Staple Gun (with staples)
-       Screwdriver
-       Sandpaper (fine to medium grit)
-       Chalk Paint
-       Protective Topcoat
-       Paint Brush

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Find the Perfect Make-Over Chair

Find a chair with potential. The ReStore is perfect for this (We have an entire section of $5-$15 chairs just WAITING for you to transform them (no pressure;-)).

-Choose your fabric.
-Choose a chalk paint(We have you covered, with 16 colors of recolor® chalk paint to choose from at our ReStore).


Painting Your Chair

Step 1 - Prep:
It’s sanding time! Grab your sandpaper and lightly sand the whole chair frame. This helps the paint to stick better. Once finished, wipe the dust off with a dry rag. 

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Step 2 - Paint like Bob Ross(“There are no mistakes, only happy accidents”):
Chalk paint is very forgiving. Mix your chalk paint before you start and wait at least 30 minutes between coats.

Step 3 - Apply protective top coat: Wait 8 hours before applying the clear protective top coat (We recommend Rustoleum Chalked Protective Topcoat).  Apply 1-2 coats, waiting 2 hours between coats.


Reupholstering the Chair Cushion

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Step 1 - Remove the seat cushion from the chair frame:
There are generally 4 screws under the chair holding the cushion in place. Unscrew these and pop out the cushion. You can leave the current upholstery on the cushion; the new fabric will cover it.

Step 2 - Cut the new fabric:
Place the fabric wrong-side up on a flat surface. Place the cushion of the seat on the fabric. Trim the material so that there is enough to fold all the way over the edge. When in doubt, cut the fabric larger than you think you need to(You can always trim the excess).

Step 3 - Staple the fabric to the base of the cushion:
Fold a flap along one of the sides of the cushion. Start stapling at the middle, then out to the corners. Repeat with the opposite edge of the seat. If you come across curves, fold and staple the fabric under the seat. If you make any mistakes, you can easily remove the staples and try again.

Step 4 - Finishing touches:
Trim the excess fabric. After your chair is painted and dry, reattach the cushion to the chair.

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