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Take a Seat: Reupholstery Project with Minted



Disclosure: I received five yards of fabric free of charge as part of this project, opinions expressed are my own. I feel that I should also warn you this is a photo heavy post.  

You might remember a couple months ago I took part in the August Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest. Well, I lucked out again and this time the sponsor is MINTED!


"We believe that great design lives and thrives in the hands of independent artists that people do not have access through traditional retailers. Minted uses technology to allow consumers to discover great creative talent, making Minted a place where artists can learn, gain exposure, and build their businesses." -Minted.com


I completely admit to letting out a fangirl squeal when I realized I'd made the cut. Minted is an online marketplace where artists can submit their designs for the public to see and vote upon. Their entire site has a clean feel that spotlights the artists they promote and it's really enjoyable to look through. When the winners have been selected Minted sells their work in the form of home decor, stationery, artwork, and fabric. Which brings us to this month's contest.

For this Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest the theme is Take a Seat and as you may have guessed all the contestants have been tasked with creating a reupholstery project featuring fabric from Minted. This month's hosts are Colleen and Stacy. I love what Colleen has done with a vintage Lewitte chair and you know I'm a sucker for modern art  like the look Stacy has created. Be sure to stop by both their blogs to see for yourself and check out what the other contestants came up with, it'll be at the end of their posts. If you're interested in participating in future contests just send a message to info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com. 



As I mentioned in my disclosure statement, we were allotted five free yards of fabric and let me say, the HARDEST part of this project was selecting a pattern. There were so many wonderful options. Ultimately, I did what anyone racked with indecision would do, I picked out five favorites that coordinated well together and went with a yard of each. The plan was to turn an eyesore of a chair into a patchwork of all the lovely designs, but then a funny thing happened.

We were digging around our utility room and I spotted one of our ugly, but oh so practical, folding chairs. I mentioned to my husband we needed to paint it before we brought it out for holiday get togethers and that's when it hit me. I SHOULD BE REUPHOLSTERING IT!

I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner. With the holidays upon us, I'm sure I'm not the only one who'll be dragging out one of these drab monstrosities. So this is a project for all of us who want to sincerely invite our guests to TAKE A SEAT and it's an easy introduction to reupholstery that even the most unDIYer can tackle. (In my haste I forgot to take a before picture so I visited the Costco site and found my chair, here it is in all its beige glory.)



All you'll need to update your own chair is fabric, a screwdriver, a staple gun, and spray paint. Now let's turn this ugly chair into something special!  
 First things first, you have to disassemble your chair. It's really easy there are screws on the back and under the seat. Once you remove them the padded pieces should pop right off. 

From there you'll need to start taking out staples. This is the most tedious part of any reupholstery project but it is also the most important. If you are careful you'll be able to use the old material as a cutting guide AND you'll have a nice smooth surface to staple your new fabric onto. So take your time on this step.


After all those staples you'll want to take your chair frame outside and hit it with spray paint. Remember to always spray in a well-ventilated area and NOT TOO CLOSE! I don't know about you but I have a horrible habit of getting closer and closer to my project as I'm spraying and creating drips. Don't be me! 

Keep in mind you don't need to paint those parts of the chair that will be covered with the cushions.

 I felt like a reluctant seamstress on Project Runway on this next step, I didn't want to cut the pretty fabric! Still, it must be done. I was able to use my old material as a guide and added an extra inch all around it, because it's better to need to trim than to not have enough. 

Once the piece was cut I centered my cushion on it and started off by stapling down the center of each side. This really is a must, otherwise you may unwittingly pull too much fabric to one side and not realize it until your nearly done stapling.

Note: Depending on how old your chair is you may need to replace the foam cushioning. Again, use your old pieces as a pattern to cut the sizes you need.


Keep stapling around the sides until you reach your corners. As you can see in the photos above: you'll get a smooth corner if you pull in the side pieces of the fabric until they touch, and then fold down the excess material. Of course, staple it all down. 

Note: you may need to pull and shift when you reach your last corner just to make sure the fabric is smooth along the sides. Also, be mindful of the curve in the back of the seat. It makes it a little trickier to staple down but it's definitely still manageable. 


Now you'll just need to screw the cushions back onto the chair frame. I got a little help for this step.


This is not an office store reject; this is a chair that's ready for a party! 
This is a chair that says, "Take a Seat!" and means it.  



P.S. I know it's psychological but I swear now that it's gorgeous it's a million times more comfortable.

Remember to stop by both Colleen and Stacy's blogs to see their creations along with all the other contestants and if you're interested in joining the contest email info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com. 
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