After working on an upholstery commission I decided to upcycle some dining room chairs for oo arh! (to take around to festivals and fairs but also to sell, as a good way of promoting my upholstery services).
So I found some lovely ones on Facebook Marketplace, just run the corner from me – they were a project that the lady had been meaning to do for ages and she decided to sell them to someone who might want to do instead – me!
They were also made locally so it is a nice bit of history to upcycle!
I started by taking the seat and back panel out – bit of an undertaking but managed it eventually! The seat unscrews and then you can access the bolt for the back panel.
I striped the seat and back panels, and replaced the foam – I then had to decided what to cover it with and thought I’d go really upcycled and use some of the denim sleeves I had removed for other projects – I started cutting out panels to make the seats and match them with the corresponding back panel.
Next, came the fun part, shabby chic-ing them! I chose to do two blue and two grey – they look so different to the original!
I purchased some sand paper and furniture wax from Annie Sloan and got de-stressing!
It was so exciting to see them taking shape right before my eyes!
Now all I had to do was finish the seats – I stretched calico over the new foam, I’m not sure it really needed it but I always think it gives the seat a smoother finish than if I put the top fabric straight over the foam.
I then matched the denim panels so the back panel would match one of the strips of the seat cover and hammered them into place.
I finished off the base of the chair with a piece of black fleece and cut around the holes so I could attach it to the chair again!
And there you have it – four uniquely upcycled dining room chairs fit for a vintage fair, festival or a colourful home! Thinking of selling them individually and as a set and see which people prefer. Can’t wait to get my hands on some more now!