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  • Mood DIY: How to Reupholster a Chair Cushion


    Everyone has a chair that could stand to have some new life breathed into it. Whether it's been in your family forever, or you just picked it up at a thrift store last week, chances are it probably needs to be reupholstered. Luckily, it's not difficult! This post will outline how to recover a cushion on a chair or stool. Most of these detach very easily, with just a few staples, nails, or screws. Fabrics and tools required:

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    I started with this lovely wooden chair; it was a little beat up, but it was nothing a little sanding and stain couldn't fix. The cushion however, was another story - stiff, cracked, and hardly comfortable.

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    A couple nails in the back of the seat came out pretty easily and I was able to shimmy the cushion out of the slot it rested in. Since I wasn't trying to save the original vinyl, I wasn't too careful with keeping it intact as I tore it off. Small upholstery nails tacked it into the sides of the base wood, so I removed them as well.

    If you're looking to recover a cushion exactly the way it was, without adding any extra batting or foam, you could carefully remove the original fabric and use it as a pattern. Instead, I traced the base of my seat and added 3" around the sides to make sure that I'd have enough to wrap over the new batting.

    For the batting, I cut one layer exactly the same size as the wood, as well as 3 more layers progressively 1" smaller. You could easily add or remove layers depending on how cushy you'd like your new chair!

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    After placing the batting on top of the wooden base, I stretched my upholstery fabric over the entire thing. I started with one staple in each of the four sides, and then worked my way around so the fabric would be evenly taut.

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    If your base is more than a 1/2" thick, you could wrap your fabric around and staple it directly to the bottom, but since mine was so thin I had to tack it on the sides.

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    To secure the extra fabric on the bottom, I added a bit of tacky glue and left some binder clips around the entire thing for an hour. You could also glue or staple a layer of non-fraying fabric to the bottom, hiding your raw edges.


    All-in-all, it was a quick and fun project; and the result is adorable!

    Have you ever recovered a seat cushion? Are you going to try doing it now? Tell me what fabric you're using!

  • Mood DIY: Reupholstered Seat Cover

    It's officially spring....and you know what that means -- it's time to start doing some cleaning and freshening things up.  I had a family friend who was having a bunch of guests over not too long, and she wanted to give her kitchen chairs a face lift.  So, we grabbed some upholstery fabric (Mood Fabrics has tons of it) that could stand up to heavy traffic and gave them the boost she needed. This task is easier than it looks and only takes a couple hours on a lazy Saturday.  In the long run it will save you money and is noticeable right away -- you'll be glad you did it! Reupholstered Seat Cover 1A Reupholstered Seat Cover 2SUPPLIES: upholstery, scissors, screw driver (phillips and flathead), heavy duty stapler and staples, and wood round and foam (that should come inside your chair if you are just recovering them). Reupholstered Seat Cover 3HOW-TO: 1. Go ahead and flip your chair over and remove the screw that is attaching your metal frame to the actual seat. 2. Carefully remove the bottom staple covers from each of the chairs. I say "carefully," because you are going to reuse these. 3. Right on the seam, take your scissors and cut off the old upholstery. While you're on this step....take that flathead screwdriver and remove all the old staples and old upholstery. 4. Now that you've cut off all your old covers, take one and use it as the pattern for your new ones. Lay one out flat, add 4 inches all the way around as a "seam allowance," and trace it out. 5. Go ahead and cut out the oversized circles you've now created. 6. Now it's time to grab your wood rounds and cushion, and drape your new fabric around them. Pull the fabric taut and start stapling polar points. (Note: I suggest manipulating the fabric and playing with it as you work your way around so you can see how it will lay on the seams). After that, go ahead and staple back on the black staple covers from Step #2.. 7. The last step is to screw back on the metal frames. Reupholstered Seat Cover 4

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.

  • Mood DIY: Armchair

    When Mood’s home dec expert Danyce was offered a used armchair, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity. With the holidays fast approaching, she didn’t have the time to fully reupholster or slipcover such a large piece. Friends and family were coming over and she needed extra seating in good condition. Ever the resourceful one, she cooked up this foolproof, fake-it-'til-you-make-it DIY project that'll give you a brand new armchair in a blink.
    chair-1 The original chair.
    Tools: Staple gun Scissors Chalk or another fabric marking tool Pins (optional) Hot glue gun (optional) Fabric quantity: Consult an upholsterer's guide or measure all angles of your piece. Fabric type: Go for non-stretchy, mid- to heavyweight wovens.  Beginners, shy away from patterns that require matching or fabric with an obvious nap. Estimated time: 4-6 hours
    chair-2 Draping the fabric over an arm.
    1. Measure, measure, measure. Drape your fabric over the chair to determine pattern placement and cut lines. Drape front to back and inside to outside. You're going to be pulling and fastening everything to the back and bottom. 2.Once satisfied with placement, cut away any excess fabric. Tuck, shift, and pull, pull, pull before you fasten. If you think you've pulled the fabric as tight as it can possibly go, pull it one more time, just in case. Once everything is taut, staple away!
    Excess fabric gathered in the corner, reader to be pleated and snipped. Excess fabric gathered in the corner, reader to be pleated and snipped.
    3. Let the chair be your guide. Follow its lines to make pleats or corners. Once everything looks good, iron or hot glue your folds in place. 4. If your fabric is too bulky at the corners, use chalk to mark a cut line then shear away the excess. 5. When all folds and sides are secure and you're satisfied with the look of your chair, staple fabric to the back and bottom of the chair.  Reattach legs, if you have any. If you're as obsessive as we are, you can cut away the excess fabric from the fastenings and make any last-minute adjustments.
    The finished product. The finished product.
    There you have it. An afternoon armchair that’ll be ready for company in a snap. If there’s a spill, you can unstaple any component of the covering and toss it in the wash. If you get a bit tired of your fabric choice and long for a switch, the whole pieces are large enough to transform into throw pillows or use for smaller upholstery projects. We’d call this a win. Ready to get started? Screen Shot 2013-01-07 at 3.18.44 PM We’ve got this cotton woven in nine colorways that’ll be sure suit to your decor, we quite like the stone color.

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    If you prefer a bit of texture in your life, this basketwoven upholstery poly is just gorgeous.

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    Interested in a challenge? Try this woven cotton in a country-chic plaid. If you find yourself stuck on a step, please contact us at info2@moodfabrics.com. We're happy to help!