We used to live close to this fantastic Salvation Army store. The people who worked there were great! And when you dropped items off, you could get 20% off of any item! You can bet that I utilized that opportunity a lot in searching for furniture!
I found this wicker chair there, looking all brown and mustard-y and decided it needed to come to my home for a makeover.
|Hahaha! This is me with my Christmas wares many years ago.|
This kind of upholstery job is fairly easy. Sadly, I finished this was waaaay before I even thought about sharing my work on social media, so I have no pictures to illustrate how I did it. However, if you're thinking about doing something a little more difficult than kitchen/dining room chairs, but don't want it to be too hard, this is the kind of chair to try next.
|Sewing cording and the seat band to the seat deck.|
To make a permanent upholstery job, this does take some minor sewing skills (and I'm not a sewer, believe me!), but you can do it!!
- Make a band the width of the cushion plus 1 inch.
- Place cording onto your fabric, wrap slightly around it and sew as close to the cord as possible.
- Cut the seat deck fabric (where you sit) the size of the cushion plus 1 inch all around.
- Sew the cording to the band.
- Then sew the band and cording to the seat deck.
- Staple into place.
|You can see the seam that connects the two parts of the seat band and then, again, the cording.|
A couple of years ago, I had a photographer friend who needed a grey and white chair for a photo session. She called to see if I had one. I didn't, but I did have this one and some grey felt fabric. So, I safety pinned the grey fabric onto the cushion for her photo shoot. Perfectly temporary!
As you can see, all I did was:
- Stretch the fabric so that it was taut
- Safety pinned it all over to keep it in place.