Thursday, April 30, 2009

DIY: Restoring Garden Furniture

These little babies were destined to become yard art until my neighbor Christy was like "hold the phone," and gave me a little lesson on reupholstering. I don't think I'll be recovering a chair anytime soon, but here's a quick and easy tutorial.

Before:



The seats got waterlogged and rotted:( I'll miss the yellow.

After:



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You'll need some ply board for the seat. Sam got underneath and traced the shape on to the board.

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Next cut out the shape with a saw.

3.



I washed down the chairs and repainted them to prevent rust.

4.



We used two inch foam board which I cut in to the shape of the seat with a bread knife.

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We used vinyl for the seat and cut it. Alternating sides, we pulled the fabric tight little by little and then stapled it to the board.

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Screw in to the board from the bottom to secure.

Voila.

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2 comments:

down and out chic said...

oh wow, i love the transformation. i really want to redo some chairs, but i'm scared i'll kill them (i may have to pay someone).

Christy said...

Yeah!! They look great, I'm so glad I caught you before they hit the curb! It's weird, I'm usually all about purging!