Once upon a time … oh, say about 6 years ago, I bought this chair on clearance from Target. I thought it was GREAT! Matt, on the other hand, was less than excited about it … from the beginning. I’m pretty sure it was like $45, and at the time … I thought it looked just great in our condo.
Here it is …
Just look at that cute model on the chair …
Matt hates that chair for a variety of reasons, but number one is the fact that it’s ‘suede’. He hates suede. I once bought a suede Christmas pillow, and it did not last the Christmas season that year. I’m pretty sure the cushion on this chair is actually microfiber, but telling him that helped zero.
None the less, the chair survived our move from the condo, and now resides in a corner of our new house. It’s currently sitting in the room that we’re still trying to decide what to do with, and occasionally serves as the ‘time out’ chair.
Matt was threatening to bring it to Goodwill on the last trip. Good thing it didn’t fit in the car :). It was then I decided I had better update this chair, or it was unlikely to survive the winter in our house.
So … my plan? Paint it white and recover the cushion. Easy enough, right? Actually, this time this seemingly easy project really turned out to be just that … SUPER easy!
Here’s the details:
First … for the cushion cover:
1. Remove cushion from chair with 6 screws.
2. Measure top surface of cushion as well as depth and cut fabric accordingly:
This chair happened to be somewhat of a trapezoid (hello, high school geometry … ). Front was 29″, back edge was 25″ corner to corner, and the sides were 24″. The depth was just over 3″. Here’s the math I used for determining how large to cut the fabric: add two times your cushion depth + 2″ to each of the four side dimensions. This will allow you to cover the top surface, thickness of the cushion, and 2″ extra to tuck under and secure under your cushion.
Therefore, our measurements were:
- Front edge: 29″ + 10″ (3″ + 2″ = 5″ x 2 = 10″) = 39″
- Back edge: 25″ + 10″ = 36″
- Side edges: 24″ + 10″ = 34″ each
3. Cut squares out of each corner. These squares should each be the thickness (3″ in our case) + 2″ (= 5″ in our case).
4. Sew edges on each corner together, right sides facing, to create corner seams.
The corner seams will look similar to those on our current cushion cover:
5. Fit new cover over current cushion (and cross your fingers that your math was correct, and it fits …):
6. Flip over cushion, pull fabric as tight as possible, and staple along edges.
Now for the frame:
1. Sand all edges that will be visible. Matt did the sanding in the garage (thank you!!!). I just brought it in to paint it … on the kitchen table, obviously.
2. Wipe down all sanded edges to ensure they’re dust/debris free.
3. Paint! We used Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White (left over from kitchen paint project).
I used a mini roller made for cabinets or doors. I ended up applying three coats.
4. Next step, remove toddler from dog’s water dish:
Oh, wait … that one had nothing to do with this chair project, except for distracting me from my painting ..
5. Let dry, and reattach covered cushion … mission accomplished!
So much brighter, and better, right? And best of all … no more suede! Actually, Matt was slightly disappointed that the suede was still under the new cover. He was hoping I ripped it off before recovering. Seriously … I’m hoping he was joking
Add a bright pillow? Yes, please …
Chair makeover complete!
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