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HOME DECOR DIY: Refinished Kitchen Chairs

HOME DECOR DIY: Refinished Kitchen Chairs

Happy Monday, Chicas!

Over the long MLK weekend, I decided to work on something new. This last Christmas, the hubby and I hosted both of our families for a grande Christmas dinner! We had a great time with our families – from the kiddos to our grandmothers – it was a great time!

And then it happened….

Have you ever tried to cover up that one eye-sour until you just couldn’t anymore??

My kitchen chairs finally reached their last leg…  Luckily, they can still be used but just needed some extra love.

Now!  Let me start off by saying that I’m not one for home décor DIYs, but this seemed more than necessary!

Here’s a pictorial of the process I took to refinish my kitchen chairs.

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As you can see – this was way overdue!

#1  Disassemble your chair pieces – chair back, seat & legs.

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Materials Needed:

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  • Upholstery Fabric (I used these sites to reference for how much fabric to get – HERE & HERE)
    • *By the guides, I went with 3 yards per chair = 12 yards total = too much fabric!  You’ll probably see some future posts using this fabric… really soon 🙂
  • Scissors
  • Upholstery Needles (not pictured)
  • Staple Gun + additional staples
  • Decorative Nails
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Scotch Gard

Instead of removing the pleather, I decided to simply cover it – saves time!

Chair Backs

#2  Measure the width of your chair and the length that you’ll need to cover it. 

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#3  If you have any offsetting pieces, then you’ll want to sew the pieces together, connecting them making one long piece.

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Iron your seams open, so they lay flat!

#4  Pin your long piece around the back of your chair.

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#5  Sew along your pins.  No more sewing is needed.

#6  Cut your seam allowance down.

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#7  Try it on your chair back to make sure it fits, right-side-out.

#8  Repeat steps #4 – #7 for the remaining chairs.

Moving on to the seats!!

#9  Wrap, fold & staple – like you’re wrapping a present.  Pull tight and staple along the way. [not pictured]

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#10  Cut out the nail placement on the chair backs & the back of the seats.

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I also stapled after cutting here also.

#11 Attach the seats to the chair backs & you’re done!!

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The Semi-Finished Product

We will still add the decorative nails, but just haven’t decided where to put them yet.

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Our chairs have imperfections, but they’re ours!  🙂  It’s fun to see some personal touches added to the house.

Home décor DIYs are just as gratifying as sewing your own garments!! 🙂



  1. January 25, 2016 / 11:18 AM

    Love this idea!! I think it adds more of your own style and character to your living space when you revamp items rather than buying new items.

    • afashionaddict
      January 25, 2016 / 11:23 AM

      Thanks so much for commenting!

      Thank you! I think I’ll try some more projects for the house soon.

  2. January 31, 2016 / 9:13 PM

    Great job! Lately I’ve been enjoying making things for my home more than sewing clothes. It’s nice to be able to see your work every time you step in the house.

    • afashionaddict
      February 2, 2016 / 9:34 PM

      Thank you!!

      I agree, seeing your magic around the house is pretty… rewarding 🙂

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