This old chair was found on the roadside. $4 of materials later, it's beautiful

Knowing how to reupholster furniture is a skill that should be in everyone’s mental toolbox. A fresh piece of foam can double or triple the longevity of a chair, while new fabric can make a piece of furniture impervious to falling out of style. This can be a dream come true for anyone looking to save money, keep furniture out of the landfill and infuse a home with their own unique touch.
Don’t let intimidation prevent you from learning how to reupholster something. With the right materials and a little patience, anyone can master the art of upholstery. This DIY guide makes it easy by outlining all the materials and steps needed to take a garden-variety dining room chair from blah to brilliant. Once you finish one chair, you won’t be able to help yourself from making over an entire dining room set.
- An old chair
- Screwdriver
- Random orbit sander
- Small pen sander
- Hand towel
- Danish oil, natural finish or your choice
- Needle-nose pliers
- Upholstery foam, 2 inches thick
- Marker
- Scissors
- Fabric, floral print
- Liner fabric, white
- Staple gun
- Staples
- Handheld clamp or vice, 2
- Electric screwdriver
- Drill bit
- Phillips-head bit
- Phillips-head screws, 4
DIY Everywhere
1. Turn the chair upside down.
DIY Everywhere
Use the screwdriver to remove the screws attaching the cushion to the frame of the chair.
DIY Everywhere
2. Sand the large parts of the chair with the random orbit sander to remove old finish or paint.
DIY Everywhere
3. Use the pen sander with a rounded bit to sand small parts of the chair that have a lot of detail, such as grooved legs or decorative pieces.
DIY Everywhere
DIY Everywhere
4. After sanding, wipe the dust off the chair with a towel.
DIY Everywhere
5. Put the Danish oil onto the towel, then wipe evenly across the chair to give it a new finish. Follow the package instructions to determine the appropriate number of coats and drying time.
DIY Everywhere
DIY Everywhere
6. Remove all the fabric and foam from the cushion’s wooden base. Use the needle-nose pliers to remove any tacks or staples that might be in the way. Discard the fabric and foam but keep the wooden base.
DIY Everywhere
7. Place some 2-inch upholstery foam on the table. Set the wooden base on top and use it as a template to draw an outline on the foam. Set aside the base and cut the foam into the shape of the cushion.
DIY Everywhere
8. Lay a piece of printed fabric print-side down on the table. Place a piece of liner fabric on top of it. Cut the two pieces of fabric at least 6 inches wider and longer than the wooden base.
DIY Everywhere
9. Place the foam on the print fabric and liner, then the wooden base on top of the foam. Pull the edge of the printed fabric and liner up and over the bottom edge of the cushion. With the fabric pulled taut, staple it several times to the wood along the edge.
DIY Everywhere
11. Pull the fabric up and over the right edge, then staple once or twice at the corner. Repeat for the left side. Trim any excess fabric along the bottom edge as needed.
12. Repeat steps 10 and 11 for the top edge of the base.
13. Pull the fabric up and over one of the remaining sides, pull taut and staple several times along the edge. Trim any excess fabric and repeat for the last side.
DIY Everywhere
14. Turn the finished cushion right side up and check for any imperfections.
DIY Everywhere
15. Turn the chair frame and the cushion upside down. Clamp the cushion to the chair with the wooden base facing up.
16. Use a drill bit on an electric screwdriver to drill guide holes for the screws into the base.
DIY Everywhere
17. Insert a screw into each hole. Use a Phillips-head bit on the screwdriver to screw them in securely.
DIY Everywhere
18. Turn the finished chair right side up and enjoy.
DIY Everywhere

If you're looking for a fun way to spruce up your flowerbed or garden on a budget, you'll love this budget-friendly craft project.
August 14   ·  
August 13   ·  
Most people see empty baby wipes containers as trash, but with a little imagination and a healthy amount of hot glue, you can transform them into creative and practical crafts.
August 12   ·  
Now, THIS is a showstopper of a DIY.
August 6   ·  
July 29   ·  
Dial telephones are telling reminders of how much phones have evolved over the years.
July 16   ·