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HOW TO UPDATE YOUR HOME IN 10 MINUTES

Even if you’re not a hardcore DIY’er, recovering your chairs is the fastest (and easiest!) way to update your home. Take this pair of chairs I gave my sister for her new apartment–the classic character makes them perfect for occasional chairs, and even without a fresh coat of paint (which they could use!), removing & updating the fabric takes them to the next level. 

Start with some great chairs (this Asian-inspired set is timeless)…
Add a great graphic patterned fabric (from Lewis & Sheron using a 50% off Scoutmob, no less!).
Unscrew & remove the seat bottom.

Center the pattern on the cushion and cut your fabric to allow for extra overhang on each side. Once your template fabric is centered, place one staple on the bottom of the cushion (front & center) to hold it in place and work strategically around the perimeter until you have the fabric completely secured and as smooth as possible. I find it easiest to place a few staples along the sides and then do the corners to get the most seamless fit.   After replacing the cushions you can see that, even without a fresh coat of paint, these chairs have been dramatically updated in about 10 minutes!

I don’t think there’s an easier DIY project out there–even painting furniture is a bit more difficult because it involves a few more steps, some additional know-how, and some serious buyers remorse if things don’t turn out as expected. When you recover a chair you can’t lose! If the pattern isn’t correctly placed or the staples don’t land in the right place, simply remove the staples and start again–it really is easy as pie.

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7 Comments on HOW TO UPDATE YOUR HOME IN 10 MINUTES

  1. autumn
    July 6, 2011 at 10:30 am (4 years ago)

    so true! what an *almost instant fix for any space…and much easier and faster than painting for sure.

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  2. Sharstin
    July 6, 2011 at 11:56 am (4 years ago)

    i love–and does make a huge difference. these chairs turned out fantastic~

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  3. hollyG
    July 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm (4 years ago)

    Awesome! The “new” look to the chairs looks great. This is on my project “to-do” list. And I bought a staple gun this weekend – woo hoo!!

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  4. Whitney
    July 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm (4 years ago)

    Ok, you’ve just motivated memto revamp two chairs from an old dining room set that have been screaming for a makeover!

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  5. SHERRY HART
    July 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Those chairs….I love them!!! Please do not tell me you got them really cheap. I don’t want to hear it! And that fabric…I have the same used as pillows! Great minds!

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