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I’m a thrift shop shopper. I can find almost anything that I want or need in a thrift store. Plus, the prices are very affordable and I can be kreative when putting things I find to good use. Recently, my sister-in-law introduced me to garage sales. It’s not as if I haven’t heard of them before. It’s just that I like thrift stores because everything is in one place and I don’t have to drive around the city looking for a good deal. Well, she has shown me the light! I realize that there are some really good buys at garage sales and some people don’t even realize the worth of some of the things they own and are willing to sell it for a couple of bucks.
We moved into a pretty nice size house with a large formal living room and a formal dining room. We’ve never had a formal living room plus a formal dining room, so we’re trying to find ways to decorate the rooms without having to spend way too much money. Plus, since we’re in the military we move often and the next house we move to may not be as big and it would be a shame to have to put so much expensive furniture in storage, or worse, sell it. Eek! Now that I’ve “discovered” garage sales I’ve found some really great pieces. I purchased a set of chairs for only $10 and refinished them! It was a lot easier than I thought it would be and I want to share my find with you all. Here is my garage sale find: antique chair reupholster. Enjoy!
Here’s What I Did
From the before picture above you can see what I had to work with, so I removed all nails, fabric, and stuffing from the chair.
The chair was sanded down and stained a deep brown. You can see the difference between the old and new colors.
I measured the length and width of the back of the chair and added 2” inches to each measurement. I cut out a piece of upholstery fabric according to the measurements. The measurements allowed the fabric to overlap the sides. (This is important for later.) I used upholstery staples to attach the fabric to the back of the chair.
I used fabric glue to attach a 2” piece of padding to the upholstery fabric, ensuring that the edges of the fabric are hanging over the sides.
I cut a piece of the fabric for the front and added a little extra width and length to the measurements. I used fabric glue to attach the fabric to the front of the cushion and tucked the extra fabric under, so it won’t unravel along the edges.
I used a flat tip screwdriver to push the edges into the creases of the chair for a smoother finish. I used this same technique for the arms. For the seat, I added fabric to a cushion layered with batting. I think the chairs came out very nice!