We fell in love with this velvet green chair as soon as we saw it!
It was one of our lucky finds on a recent op-shopping trip but unfortunately the seat cover was ripped and sagging and the chair needed a bit of TLC.
We decided to reupholster the chair in one of this season’s hottest colours — dusty navy blue.
Items you will need
- Staple gun
- Straps (we used pallet straps from Bunnings)
- Stanley knife
- Remove the seat and back pads by carefully removing the hardware — keep these safe as you will need them later.
- Remove the fabric covering the seat and back pads and the straps if damaged like ours.
- Using a nail gun, secure new straps in place over the seat frame. It’s best to cut each strap length longer so you can staple it in place on the top and sides of the frame, preventing it from coming undone.
- Glue new foam over the top of the seat straps and if the back pad needs new foam, replace this too.
- Cover the seat and back pads in wadding to create a smoother look and extra comfort.
- Cover the seat and back pads in your upholstery fabric. Be sure to face the good side up and if patterned, that the print is in the direction you want and straight. We find it easiest to cover the fabric by first putting one staple on the underside of each four sides of the pad. This allows you to create a smooth covering and to take your time folding and securing the corners.
- Lightly sand the wood frame and wash to remove all dust.
- Apply a light coat of furniture oil and once dry, secure the seat and back pads on the chair.
Voila! Your seat is done! Check out our after photos below 🙂
– Select a chair that has good bones. Replacing the straps or foam isn’t an issue but if the structure of the chair is broken, it may not be possible to restore or it could end up costing you a lot more than you think.
– Always ensure the fabric is taught but don’t be too firm or you could end up creating pulls or a rippled effect.
What do you think of our armchair makeover? Tell us in the comments below!