Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Free Dining room chairs reupholstered

Dumpster Diving....Curb Alert....Bulk Trash....
All these terms might make some ashamed, but for others, it's a chance to get free stuff.  In this case, my "new" free chairs fell under the heading of Curb Alert.  An ad was placed for a curb alert for some items near me.  By the time I got there, the items I was after were already taken but there were dining room chairs in desparate need of a second chance.  They were very dirty and the seats were covered in pet hair, but I saw the potential.  So into the back of my SUV they went for a second chance at usefulness.  Afterall, they couldn't be worse than the spare folding chairs we would pull out at the holidays to make seating for the extra people.

My husband has learned to see the potential in the stray furniture I bring home.  Or at least he pretends to see, trusting that I can see it even if he can't.  So here's the before pictures. 
Nice black iron and wood for a sturdy chair
Ewwww!  There was so much pet hair that the elephant pattern was barely visible.
Once the seat was removed, I got a bucket of cleaner and hosed down the chair.  After that was cleaned, I moved on to the task of removing the old fabric and cushioning.  Normally, I would save the foam if the chair had been ours, but who knows what lurked inside this foam. 
After all was removed from the wood board, I added new high density foam (40% off from JoAnn's) and the batting (also 40% off from JoAnn's) with spray adhesive and a staple gun.  Once ready for the fabric, I picked new upholstery fabric that was also 50% off.  Gotta love sales!  Here's the finished chair and seat.  The two new chairs will go at the heads of the table.


  1. Amazing! I love the fabric you chose! I don't understand the whole batting thing--you may have to explain the process something. I just think this is so awesome that you can so this and am so impressed :)

    1. Thanks Meredith! You'll have to sit on them next time you're over. :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm heading over to check out your blog now. : )

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    1. Thanks Amy! I'm working on the 1920s dresser this weekend.

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  5. Very cute chair! Thanks for sharing at the party!
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