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Re-reupholstered Dining Chairs

Last Updated on December 18, 2012 by Kristi Linauer

Well, I’ve reupholstered my dining chairs…again.  This time I used two fabrics — a striped fabric and white duck cloth, both of which I used on these easy-to-make three-fabric pillows.

I didn’t use the linen on the chairs because that linen is pretty thin, and linen used for upholstery really needs to be either upholstery-weight linen, or it needs to be backed with another fabric to make it upholstery weight.  So, to keep things simple, I decided to just stick with the striped fabric and the duck cloth.

And now, I’m happy to say that the last piece of my breakfast room puzzle is finished!!  I’ll be showing you the finished room tomorrow!

It’s not that I didn’t like the last upholstery on the chairs.  I did.  But just like my painted chevron table, the yellow seats with the navy blue welt cord and buttons just weren’t right for the room.

And once I refinished my chevron dining table, I knew exactly what I needed to do with the chairs.  Now, they make more sense in the room.

These were so easy to do.  Both chairs took me about an hour, and that was just because I had to iron all of the pre-washed fabric, which took a while.

But I just sewed the three pieces of fabric together, with the striped fabric in the middle (obviously), and ironed the seams really well so that they were perfectly flat.  Then I used the absolute easiest wrap-and-staple method for dining chairs.  I didn’t even do a tutorial because you’ll have about a thousand of them at your fingertips in seconds with a Google search.

My little dining chairs have been through quite the metamorphosis.  When I bought them at ReStore, they were dingy and dirty, but they were sturdy, had a great shape, and were only $5 each.  Then I reupholstered them in orange.  Yuck.  And I didn’t cut down the seats, so they just looked frumpy.  Yuck again.  The next stop was the yellow with the welt cord and buttons.  I liked the look, but it just wasn’t right in my breakfast room.  So now, they’re just right.

And with that, my breakfast room is finished.  I’ll show you how it turned out tomorrow!

This project was for my condo breakfast room makeover. Click here to see the whole before and after of the breakfast room makeover.

Or click on the thumbnails below to see other DIY projects that I did for my condo breakfast room makeover.

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    Liz | Two Weeks to Travel
    December 10, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Wow, I just came across your site and I love those chairs. Fantastic idea, I am moving in a couple of weeks and I cannot wait to reupholster some of mine with the stripe. Thanks for the idea!

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    December 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    The chairs look amazing! I think THIS look is the best one yet! (Love the stripes)

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    Monica Benson
    December 10, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    It’s nice to know that it takes other people three tries to “get it right” too. Sometimes you just don’t know how a certain style will work until you do it. Trial and error can be a rewarding, although exasperating, way to get it right. You are very talented and I’m always thankful for your eloquent descriptions. Thanks for all the enjoyment and ideas.

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    December 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I did like the yellow seat cover but understand why you went with the stripe. That looks very nice and will look great with the completed dining area. Can’t wait to see your ‘ta da’ final photos tomorrow!

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    Barbara @ DIY Home Staging Tips
    December 10, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    I like the the buttoned look, too, but I understand where you’re going. I’m inspired by how you combine fabrics, because sometimes I have fabric scraps that I can’t bear to throw away, yet they are too small for most projects. Looking forward to the new breakfast room/office reveal!

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    December 11, 2012 at 12:02 am

    I am amazed at your productivity and the ideas and projects that you just keep churning out.
    Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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    December 11, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Wow, you’re right, the new version of your chairs is just what your room needed! Less formal and so bright and friendly, I love it!!

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    [email protected] beautiful life
    December 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Hi Kristi! I really love your colors. That chair has done a 360, looks great!

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    December 12, 2012 at 8:31 am

    It’s nice to know that even professionals don’t get it right the first time. Love these!

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    Alex Home Blogger
    December 27, 2012 at 5:08 am

    Great job, those chairs could grace any room. Stripes are definitely the way forward.

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    Ann Phillips
    August 30, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Your fantastic…love all your projects. Have chair seats and fabric on the dining table for weeks…still trying to figure out how to reupholster them.