Firstly, Happy New Year from The Measure! We hope you have had a great start to the new year with your loved ones!
We're excited to get the year rolling with our first DIY project submitted by an awesome DIY mom. She had a pair of gorgeous antique chairs with worn out upholstery, and wanted to modernise them with a chic country print. She was able to breathe new life to these 40-year-old pieces in just a couple of hours, showing how even busy moms can achieve great design on a budget.
- Usually you should try to remove the padded seats of the chairs before re-upholstering to ensure that the seams do not show. In this case, however, DIY mom decided to leave the seat in place to avoid damaging the antique wooden frame.
- Country prints add charm and a bold print like this one gives the chair a modern touch. This cotton print is available at Hokko Trading Company. Iron the fabric and cut to fit the shape and size of the seat. Leave a 1cm edge around the cut out.
- Using a staple gun, stretch the material out on the padded area and staple down the edges. Fold any excess material in before stapling.
- Use a glue gun to attach lace trim over the stapled edge of the material. A variety of lace trim designs are available at Hokko as well. This DIY mom decided to re-use the original lace trim from the chair.
- Allow the glue to dry and clear away any stray pieces.
Re-upholstering old furniture is a great way to update your interior without adding to our growing landfills, and doing it yourself is a good way to save money. A big thank you to DIY mom for sharing her DIY project - if you have a great DIY project you would like to share with us, please get in touch at TheMeasure@squarefeet.asia!