New Life to Old Chairs

New Life to Old Chairs

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Using a staple gun, stretch the material out on the padded area and staple down the edges. Fold any excess material in before stapling.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!