Wednesday, February 3, 2010

How to Reupholster a Cushioned Chair

Have I told you recently how amazing my husband is? Among the many things he did for me on my birthday yesterday, including letting me sleep in, sweeping the kitchen floor, buying me a CD, a DVD, a fan duster (don't worry, it was upon request), a tres leches cake, and THIS floral arrangement...


...was to reupholster four bar stools! I love these bar stools, but after 4 years and 9 kids, the beige cloth coverings just got nasty and I couldn't handle it anymore..


Plus, as each day passed, they continued to get nastier and nastier as the 3-year-old boy has yet to learn that food should stay on the table, and not on chairs, his clothes, and the floor. Thus, I knew that recovering them in new fabric would be a feckless effort, as they would just become filthy again in a matter of days. My solution? To cover the chairs with a gorgeous fabric, then cover that with a thick, clear plastic. Here's how it went...

First John laid the cushion upside down on said fabric, then cut the fabric to size and pulled it tight to the back of the cushion...


He then stapled the fabric in place, first pulling the sides tight, then the corners...


Here are two of the four fabric-finished cushions...


He then performed the same process with the clear plastic...


...and here is the finished product...


Admittedly, it would look better without the shiny plastic, but that idea is an impossibility at my house, and I am just so thrilled with how they turned out and how easy they are to wipe down after a meal!

I totally love how the pink looks against the green island...


...and I am the luckiest girl to have such a multi-talented, considerate husband! Thank you, again, John, for a spectacular birthday! You are the best husband ever!

29 comments:

The Lesters said...

They look great! Plus you can always remove the plastic once your little ones get older.

Mrs. Homemaker said...

Brilliant! I wonder how my chairs would look with some cushions like that on them. They's be more comfortable, and I'd love to do a red toile pattern on them ... They turned out great and I love the color.

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TexasHeather said...

Beautiful! Now as long as the plastic doesn't rip, you are all set!

(yes, unfortunately, I speak from experience....)

Jessica said...

We did this a few years ago and it worked GREAT!!

Also: we had extra clear vinyl and used it for the floor in our van - my hubby took out the seats and cut holes in the vinyl so the seats could be put back in and......no more dirty, yucky floors!!

Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven said...

Texas Heather, the great thing is that if it does tear, now I know how easy it is to replace it!

Jessica, what a great idea about the van. We could definitely use the same idea!

Courtney said...

That looks so great! I think sometimes that if I could just cover everything we own in plastic, life would be easier! LOL!

Sweet and Savory said...

The bring a beautiful splash of color to the area.

Your husband is a good man.

Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven said...

Sweet and Savory, I know, and I know. :)

Cheryl B. said...

Jen, have you ever watched the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"? If so, are you going to do your whole house like the scene in the movie when she's watching TV with her parents? o;-p

The flower arrangement is pretty!!! Brain unexpectidly brought me home flowers after he did our shopping at Sam's Club this past weekend. He said they are an apology for how hard he is to live with <3

John was actually home in the middle of the week - for your birthday?!! A-N-D you got to sleep in? W - - O - - W !!!!! Many A year I didn't even see Brian on mine, due to it being in the middle of the summer, and his working a regualr job plus working for a caterer ....

Wishing you a lot of fun this weekend with your mom and "that one sister" 0;-p Have you pranked her back yet?

Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven said...

Cheryl, yes, John took the day off just to stay home with me. It was so nice! And no, I haven't gotten my sister back yet. What shall I do?

katie19861986 said...

Hey Jen,
I wanted to tell you your chairs look great! I was wondering how much fabric it took for each chair? Thanks!

Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven said...

Katie, I would say if you got a square yard, that would definitely be more than enough. Are you going to try it?

Pam, mom, honey, said...

wow, i have to ask, how long will the plastic be able to stay on. i love the idea

Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven said...

Pam, the plastic is very thick, so I think it will last a while. It's kind of like vinyl.

Luvmy9 said...

I love the pink against the green, too. Good job, John. I'm so glad you had a happy birthday1 Did you check your email for my birthday ecard?

Nikki said...

Oh that looks terrific! I really love how it compliments the island. So smart! Bonus points for hubby.

Erin said...

They look great! I love that you used the word feckless. That is a great word. Not really sure why that stuck out with me but it did. Hope your birthday was fabulous.

Anonymous said...

Jen, the chairs are beautiful! The color and pattern are neato, what a brilliant idea. And most of all HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Wishing you a very blessed week.

Terri (the jelly lady)

Tami said...

fantastic idea and they look great! did i forget to say happy birthday on time? i'm sorry! i'm glad you had a nice day!

Anonymous said...

Wow, will you forgive me if the main thing I got out of this post is tres leches cake? Man, do I love that stuff and I'm currently pregnant and unable to eat stuff unless it "sounds good". (Know what I mean?) Now I need some tres leches cake!
-Becca
(R. from B.F.)

Melinda said...

SSSweeet! You do have such a talented hubby. They look great. glad to hear you got pampered for your birthday...lucky you!

Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven said...

Becca, I can SOOOO relate! In my early pregnancy, I had so many weird cravings that were so hard to satisfy living here in Mexico (sushi) and sometimes I cried because I couldn't get what I wanted! I really hope you can get your hands on some tres leches cake! If not, I think Pilsbury has a good mix for that! Good luck!

katie19861986 said...

Yes, I am definately going to try this. I don't know what we were thinking when we purchased our table and chairs. Cream upholstery+kids=VERY BAD. They are sick. I have wanted to do this for a long time, but my husband is in the USAF...so never home. I think I will try it myself now. I am so glad you did this post. I heard it was easy to do, but I didn't know exactly how.

thedailydelights said...

Oh, a gal's dream birthday gift! What a guy...they look fantastic! My mom always plastic upolstered when we were growing up...it really did help (the upholstery was white!). xoxo, katrina

The Farmer's Wife said...

I love the material and color! Very nice! I think that's a great idea with the plastic. I'm going to show this to my husband. We're getting ready to remodel our kitchen and put in an island. With two young ones, I'm all for anything that makes keeping my house clean easier!!

Trisha said...

They turned out awesome. Gives things a whole new look for the fraction of a cost.
Thanks to your mom for helping in primary today. She was a good sport.

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

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