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I am SO excited to share my transformation of this dark dated Vintage set of Cane Back Chairs.

Do you Remember these old things?

I had such an amazing reaction to my choice of fabric for the Patricia vanity chair and felt it could take these chairs from worn and dated to Fresh and Fearless.

Fresh and Fearless Plan

Now it came time to pick the paint colours to achieve the chairs Fresh and Fearless makeover. When I did, I chose colours from the fabric you see the least amount of to create tension and drama between the chair frames and the fabric.  I also choose clean colours to get a youthful fresh effect so I decided on Sea Glass Green, Crystal Clear Blue and the Lipstick Pink. 

After the paint went on I was in love and couldn’t wait to upholster the seats and watch them sing!

If you would like to try reupholstering your own dining chair seats here is what you will need.

  • Stapler remover & Pliers (for removing the existing fabric)
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Batting
  • Home decor fabric
  • Stapler (I am lucky to have an air stapler)

Step 1. Remove the old upholstery fabric (put aside as you will need it for a template for the new upholstery).  I strongly suggest you wear a mask while doing the deconstruction of your chair.

Step 2. Cut batting out using old upholstery as a template.

Step 3. Staple batting around bottom of one of the chair seats. Pulling tight as you work your way around. This is when you can also double check if you need to make any adjustments to your template so you don’t ruin an expensive piece of fabric later.

Step 4. Cut out upholstery fabric using a batting pattern as a template.

Step 5. Staple batting around the bottoms of all the remaining chair seats.

Step 5. Staple upholstery fabric around bottom of the chair seats pulling tight but leave all corners until the end.

Step 6. Trim excess fabric from each corner. Staple each side of the corners tight and then the middle.

Step 7. Reattach the chair seats to the painted chair frames.

They are complete!

Boy are they ever Fresh and Fearless now!

Cane Chairs Before & After

Stunning – AND I did it with a dated furniture, paint, upholstery and some elbow grease!

I bet you will never look at a disregarded piece of furniture the same again.

Are you now a up-cycle believer now?