I visited my bestie Lisa (2 states away, shed a tear, ok now I’m good) which was supposed to be a non-DIY weekend. (I there such a thing?) However, while sipping wine and making dinner she just happened to mention that she needed to get new chairs for her kitchen island. Of course my ears perked up with an opportunity to show her that you don’t need to buy a new chair when you can up-cycle what’s sitting around in your own house. (and I wanted to show off my mad skills!!)
So here’s the chair- it’s cute but it blended in with her newly renovated kitchen too much. It’s crying out for a pop of color.
That’s when I saw these beauties sitting in the corner of her counter staring at me, longing for me staple them to a chair bottom.
That’s right- they are cloth dinner napkins. And did you know what, they are the perfect size to reupholster most small chair seats. Oh yes!
4 to a pack. Sewn edges. Ready to use! These specific ones came from target.
Since her seats were in great condition and the existing fabric was a neutral color, I upholstered right over the old fabric. To do that- turn the chair upside down and unscrew the seat from the chair and the seat comes right out. Place your fabric on top of the seat, with the pattern the way you like it, then flip that over to get ready to stapled in place. (Make sure if you have a patterned fabric to line it up so that it’s straight). Now, pull fabric tight, working in small sections and staple away. (I always start with one area, staple that and then jump to the opposite side and then staple that area. This way you get an even pull on the fabric.
That was easy! Now place the seat back on the chair and screw it back together. That took 15 minutes. NO lie!!
It’s as easy as 1. 2. 3! So next time you think you NEED to get new furniture, you probably don’t. A cloth napkin and staple gun go a long way. Just think of what else you can cover with that :))))