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Taking an IKEA Chair from Beige Blah to Colorful and Rich Wow with Reupholstery

IKEA tullsta reupholsteryI had two IKEA Tullsta chairs in their basic white canvas. I had previously recovered the lumbar pillows but a new couch in gray made the white look too stark (the previous couch I had slipcovered in white canvas). I had never reupholstered anything, but I had done a few slipcovers. The chairs had simple lines and I did not have to fix the padding, so I gave it a try. Continue Reading →

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Adding a New Fabric Seat to an Antique Chair

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Replacing a chair’s fabric seat is quick and easy!

I recently was given two of my Great-grandmother’s antique side chairs by my cousin. While the wood in the chairs had gained a nice patina in their 100+ years, the fabric—which was not original—was falling apart and in need of replacement. While refinishing the wood of an antique piece of furniture would greatly decrease its value (don’t ever do it), replacing fabric does not impact value.

How to Go About Replacing a Chair’s Fabric is Easy

I picked a rich, classic geometric pattern that would complement the wood. One thing to keep in mind when choosing fabric for chairs is weight and thickness. Heavier fabric will wear well and any variations in the stuffing beneath it won’t show. Also think about the size of the pattern: a large pattern on a small area such as a seat will be cut off. Keep it small in scale so most of the pattern will be seen. Also lay out the pattern for each seat so they are all the same. Here’s how I went about replacing the seat fabric: Continue Reading →

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