How To Cover A Chair Seat With Vinyl – A few people asked if I could re-upholster the chairs and with some materials on hand I thought I’d give it a go. Unfortunately, I soon discovered that I didn’t have the tools to successfully remove the old rod and add a new one. Instead, I decided to do what I know (upholstery, of course) and turn a dining chair with a broken cane in the seat into a padded side chair. If you have a cane or a broken cane chair in your life that you just can’t bring yourself to throw away, check out the steps below and you too can turn a once depressing piece into a wonderful new piece of furniture.
Above (left) is the dining chair in question. I previously cut the cans and tried to remove the ridges (this is where the specific can tools come in handy). All I have left is an open area of the seat and a groove running through the area that still has some canning material. I will cover this ugly groove with upholstery.
How To Cover A Chair Seat With Vinyl
The first step is to install the strap to cover the open area of the seat. The synthetic tape we used is strong and durable without being too stiff; This will add weight to a chair but will not sink into the chair. To install the strap, pull one end down with two layers of staples (staple down, then fold and staple again), then extend the other end and pull before stapling. There are specific tools available to pull this type of strap, but you can also use pliers or a strong hand. Staple the vertical pieces of the strap, then tuck in the horizontal pieces.
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Next, cover the webbing scaffolding you made with a piece of burlap. This will prevent the padding from being pushed into the gaps between the straps when someone sits on it, and will generally create a more level and even seat.
I reused a piece of foam from the seat cushion for the stuffing, although you can use a combination of horsehair (or synthetic horsehair) and cotton batting or thin foam that can be purchased for different crafts. I cut this piece to be about half an inch wider than the seat slot where the can slot was hammered. I have a tool that is specifically used to cut foam, and an electric bread knife will do the trick. Once the piece is cut, place it on the seat and then use spray adhesive to secure it to the burlap.
Now that the inner workings of the chair are in order, cover it with the upholstery of your choice. I used a piece of faux leather. For an in-depth explanation of how to properly attach fabric or vinyl, see my June post on how to upholster a dining room chair.
Once the fabric or vinyl is adhered to your preference, trim off as much excess as possible. Finally, I will put decorative nails around the seat, but first I need to cover the perforated edges and staples of the decorative fabric. Plain ribbon or a more decorative, lacy type of ribbon called gimp can be used; I chose to sew a ribbon of the same material that covers the seat. To do this, I cut a strip about 1.5 inches wide, folded it in thirds, and sewed it down the middle of the strip.
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Then position the pot so that it covers the raw edges and add decorative nails. You can separate the nails like I did or run them in a continuous line. In addition to being evenly spaced, the ends of the nails should be in as straight a line as possible.
Once the tape is down and the nail head is all the way in, there should be a raw edge or main main sight.
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Adding a new cushion and fresh fabric to an old wooden chair is a great way to freshen it up. Here, Matthew Haley, owner of The Furniture Joint, an upholstery studio in New York City, demonstrates how to repurpose a dining room chair.
1. Unscrew the seat base from the seat frame. If the base is in good condition, remove the old fabric and staples with a bridge and pliers.
2. Make a new seat out of 1/2 inch plywood. Trace the old base or measure the seat frame and mark the wood with dimensions minus about 1/8 inch all around. Cut the wood with a jigsaw.
3. Cut the high density foam seat cushion that is at least one inch thick. Attach the wooden pillows with a quick-drying spray adhesive. Round the edges by spraying the edges with glue and folding them to adhere to the base of the seat.
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4. Cover the foam with a 1/2 inch layer of Dacron polyester batting. Start by stapling the batting in the center of each side of the seat, then work your way up, pulling the batting tight.
5. Cut the fabric to the dimensions of the seat base plus 1/4 inch all around. If using a pattern, center it on the seat before cutting the fabric.
6. Pull the fabric as tight as possible, attach it to the base of the seat with a staple gun, the same way you attached the boot.
7. Cut a black cambric dust cover to the dimensions of the seat and staple it to the bottom.
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Get the latest Old House news, trusted tips, tricks and clever DIY projects from our experts straight to your inbox. Here’s Mandi! Got an old vinyl chair that needs a makeover? I made a pair of black 1970s bar stools that weren’t exactly Uggos, but they were a bit dull and stick out a bit more than I wanted against the bright white walls of our living room office. I thought a little paint might do the trick, but my mind kept racing and I got stuck on the idea of a model chair. A checkered chair! A bold idea, given my initial complaint that the seats were too bold. Well, I think I made a nice and tasteful change for my vinyl chairs by combining paint and gingham fabric. Check out all the details below!
Supplies: – Vinyl chair (duh) – Lightweight fabric – Plastic spray paint – Mod Podge (preferably indoor/outdoor) – Varnish (only if using regular Mod Podge) – Paint or foam brush – Fabric scissors – Tape painters – Materials to cover chair legs (I used plastic bags)
Step Two: Cover the chair with a few light coats of spray paint. Be sure to use the same type of binder that you use with the plastic. I did two coats and waited a week to do two more.
This project was pretty easy, but required a lot of patience once I got started. That’s right: I waited a whole week for the paint to dry! The wait time was extended for the duration of this project, although the individual steps were completed quite quickly. I admit, during that week of sticky paint, I wondered if the paint would ever heal. But I read about Jenny’s experience with vinyl painting on her Little Green Notebook blog, which gave me the confidence to give it a try. So I waited. Then, on the eighth day, the paint was no longer solid! So I added two more coats of paint and then moved on to the next step.
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Step Three: Cut pieces of fabric to fit the back and seat. If you are working with a pattern, make sure the lines are straight with the seat lines.
Step Four: Cover the back and seat with a thick layer of Mod Podge. If you don’t already have a bottle of Mod Podge, buy one suitable for outdoor use. If you have the normal type, get a small bottle of polish to use in step nine.
Step Six: Trim the excess fabric along the piping or seat seams. to stay