Rusty Antiques

A Little TLC

Do you have a chair that needs some tender loving care like this one? I will show you how to take an ugly cushion and make a brand new one using little materials and time. (Please pay no attention to the ugly chair attached to the cushion we will be attacking that animal next time :) for now we are just focusing on the cushion.)

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I will be explaining how to do this in 2 ways because either you have a chair that has a cushion on it like the one above and so all you want to do is cover up the ugly, or you have bought a chair that has no seat in it or is a woven seat like the one below and you want to create a seat cushion for it.

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First I will explain how to make a new seat for your seatless chair (above) and then I will explain how to cover your cushion for both kinds of chairs since the process is the same.

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If this is similar to what your chair looks like then you will have to take it apart and then with some spare wood and a jigsaw, you will have to cut out a seat for your chair.

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So I had my brother cut two of these out for me since I have two chairs (btw, yours may not look like this and may be perfectly square which is great! My chair needed this because its got weird square shaped things on top.) Make sure the wood fits in your seat. It can either sit on top of the chair, which is easiest or you can make it sit down inside of the chair. If that is the case you will need to make a brace for it otherwise it will fall through. To make a brace, cut out 4 small pieces of wood, about 1 inch wide and 2 inches long and then screw on the underneath/inside of your chair with the new seat on top to make sure that it is flush. Mine are just sitting on top of the seat because for mine, it was too complicated to make the seat fit down inside.

Now you will either need to get foam or quilt bating depending on how cushiony you want your chairs. I used quilt bating because I didn’t want these ones to stick up too high and look funny. But I used foam for chair type #2 so if you chose foam then stayed tuned, we will come back to you, if you are using quilt bating then here’s what you do.

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Cut out a piece of quilt bating that is a bit bigger than the board.

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Start by turning over the board, folding over your quilt bating and stapling it to the board. Start by stapling one in the middle and two on either side (but not the corners) and then work your way in until the whole side of it is stapled on. Don’t worry about excess quilt bating right now and we will do the corners when all the sides are stapled on. Next, do the side across from you. Pull the quilt bating tight so that there are no ripples and then staple in the middle and then one on either end, then fill in the rest.

Now you will pick another side, and repeat the process. Make sure that your corners are free and that there are no ripples or folds in the center, we want this as smooth as possible. Now do the opposite side and finish the process.

At this point you can cut off the excess, except on the corners.

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If your corners look like mine then you will cut into the corner diagonally like shown above. if they are perfectly square, then you can fold the corners up and back and then staple them. kind of like what i do below except not to the side, instead just take it straight back and staple.

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This is what your seat should look like once you have done all of the corners (my quilt bating was not big enough to cover the entire seat so I had to use 2 pieces thus the staples in the middle lol).

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If you have a chair like this, (one that already has a cushion) you are in luck! This is a very simple process, all you have to do is flip over your chair and locate the screws that are holding your seat cushion on the chair. Unscrew the cushion and remove it from the chair. Then you can either remove the cushion cover on your cushion or you can cover it. Mine was vinyl so I just took it off because it was hard and falling apart. But if yours is cloth, then you may just want to keep it on.

EVERYONE:

Now for the pretty and fun part!

Okay so now we should all be back on the same page, either you have a cushion on your chair, you bought a piece of foam, or you just used the quilt bating and have already done the steps above.

Now we are going to cover our chairs with a pretty and new piece of fabric so we don’t have to look at old ugly chairs anymore!

Here we go…

You will need to buy some fabric. To cover my chairs, I bought a yard of fabric for each chair because that is what I was told when I did this. But that proved to be way to much. However, it ended up being great because then I had enough for the two chairs I bought later and then added to my dining room. My suggestion would be to measure your seat cushions and then add 4 inches to either side if you are using foam and 2 inches to either side if you only used the quilt bating. So if you have 4 seats that are each 16X14″ then you should buy 4 pieces of fabric that are approximately 18X16″ or 20X18″ depending on the thickness of your seat.

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Once you get your fabric, lay it over your seat cushion to make sure it fits then iron out the wrinkles in the fabric.

Next, lay out the fabric on the ground (upside down) and place your board on top. If you have foam, lay it out first and then place your board overtop of the foam and fabric.

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Start by folding over your fabric and stapling it to the board. Staple one in the middle and two on either side (but not the corners) and then work your way in until the whole side of it is stapled on. Don’t worry about excess fabric right now and we will do the corners when all the sides are stapled on. Next, do the side across from you. Pull the fabric tight so that there are no ripples and then staple in the middle and then one on either end, then fill in the rest.

Now you will pick another side, and repeat the process. Make sure that your corners are free and that there are no ripples or folds in the center, we want this as smooth as possible. Now do the opposite side and finish the process.

At this point you can cut off the excess, except on the corners.

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Once you have stapled all the sides- and left the corners alone, this is what your cushion should look like. Your corners are probably not like mine and are probably straight across so you should take that excess fabric on the corners and pull them straight back and staple.

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If yours does look like mine, then make a cut diagonally like above

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Then pull them the side on the back and staple them

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This is what is should look like once you are done

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Now that you are finished, you can attach the seat back onto the chairs and this is what they should look like! the top is with the foam and the bottom is without.

Like i said, next time we will be painting our chairs so they don’t look so worn out!

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2 thoughts on “A Little TLC

  1. Glenis zuhlke on said:

    I have a bistro-styled patio set that has round seats. Every spring I replace the fabric this way because of fading. I know I could purchase Sunbrella fabric that doesn’t fade, but it’s expensive and this way I change the look each summer.

  2. Tucker58 on said:

    Love, love, love and love you, too!

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