This DIY ottoman cover is guaranteed to sweep you off your feet! Or at least give you somewhere to rest them. Re-cover a tired, old ottoman with a fresh design to spruce up your living room or sitting area.
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If you know a little something about the team over here at Spoonflower, then you probably know we sure do love a good furniture DIY project! We especially love a project that gives a piece of furniture once considered prime-for-the-dumpster a new life with a little tender loving DIY care! Today on the blog, we’re showcasing five of our favorite furniture upcycling projects from around the web.
Barb Blair, author of Furniture Makes the Room and Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More could easily be considered the “Queen of Refurbishing” in our eyes. Whether she’s using Spoonflower wallpaper to turn a drab dresser into the dresser of your dreams, or working her magic with a bucket of milk paint, Barb has taken upcycling to the next level.
Looking for a quick and easy, no-sew way to revive your furniture? Look no further! Today on the blog, Spoonflower crew member Theresa shows you how to reupholster a dining chair seat cushion with no more than half a yard of Faux Suede and a few handy tools. Little effort, big reward! Now that’s our kind of project.
Spoonflower’s Faux Suede is the perfect fabric for this simple upholstery project. It has a sturdy weight while still being easy to work with, along with the amazing benefit of a soil release finish making it perfect for dining chairs that are going to get frequent use. With my track record, something will undoubtedly get spilled on these! A little Scotchgard fabric protector before you start can’t hurt either.
Before getting started, I chose Herb Garden Apothecary by Badger & Bee from the Spoonflower marketplace and ordered a full yard. Be sure to measure your seat cushion to make sure you order enough fabric, and if you’re upholstering more than one cushion be sure to calculate how many yards you’ll need. One yard of faux suede is 54″ x 36″ (137 cm x 91.5 cm).
- flat-head screw driver
- Phillips head screw driver
- industrial stapler and a box of staples
- fabric scissors
- 4 screws (should already be in the chair)
- half a yard of batting (optional)
- One yard of Faux Suede
To start, go ahead and flip the chair you want to reupholster upside down and find the four screws underneath the seat that are holding it in place. Grab your Phillips head screwdriver and unscrew all of them to release the seat. Once you have the seat off, you may choose to remove the current fabric, but this is optional. If you do remove it, you can use the flat-head screwdriver and pliers to yank all of the original staples out to release the fabric. I went ahead and removed the fabric from my dining seat and covered it with a layer of white batting to give it a little extra cushion.
If using batting: lay it out on a flat surface, and then lay the seat on top on it face down. Using your fabric scissors, cut around the seat so that you have about about an inch of overlap when pulled up and over the seat as shown below. Use your industrial staple gun to staple the batting down, securing it onto the bottom of the seat.
Next, repeat these steps but this time use your upholstery fabric. You’re going to go through all the same steps of laying out your fabric right side down, with the seat on top, right side down. Cut the fabric around the edges of your seat with enough give so that you can pull about an inch of overlap over to the bottom of the seat. Staple that down with a generous amount of industrial staples.
The most important rule of thumb when upholstering is to make sure the fabric is taught against your base before you staple. You don’t want gaps or loose fabric! You also don’t want it to be so tight that it visibly and unevenly stretches, but just tight enough so that the fabric is secured nicely once stapled down.
There’s a good chance you’re going to run out of staples while doing this! If you need to replenish your supply, just be sure to double check that you are purchasing the right size and model for your unique staple gun. Purchasing a staple size that’s even slightly off could jam your staple gun and make you lose serious momentum on this project! I am speaking from personal experience here, people, it’s not fun.
This is how your seat should look on the front and back once the fabric is entirely stapled down. When stapling the corners, you’ll want to tuck under each side and make a triangle shape with the overlap before securing into place.
You’re almost there! Place the seat back onto your chair base, and grab the 4 long screws you removed in the beginning. Screw the seat back onto the chair.
That’s it! Now that you have a beautiful re-upholstered seat cushion, proceed to have a dinner party so you can show it off to all your friends. Do you have any tricks or tips you swear by for upholstery projects? Be sure to share them in the comments below!
See how fabric designer, artist, and mama extraordinaire Samarra Khaja (SammyK on Spoonflower) created this dino map headboard for her son out of our new Faux Suede fabric* and learn how to make a DIY headboard of your own!
SAMARRA: My eldest heads to 1st grade this fall. Call me all sentimental and whatnot, but I wanted to celebrate this first person to ever call me “Mama” by giving him something decorative that would also feed that cerebral sponge that is his thirsty brain. Fun and functional in one fell swoop. I decided upon a new headboard. It’s the perfect way to revamp the look and feel of a bedroom without sending one’s wallet off to weep quietly in the closet.
But this is not just any headboard, it’s a Dino Mapasaurus, my illustrated rendition of some of the places around the world that dinosaurs have been discovered (thus far <–wink, wink, lazy paleontologists of the world, let’s get crackin’!). My kids are pretty much dinosaur-obsessed, so this was the winning route to take.
Emma Jeffery of Hello Beautiful visits the Spoonflower blog today to share a custom upholstered headboard tutorial, a project made gorgeous, unique and comfortable in custom printed faux suede*. This simple and quick home DIY will make a big, personalized impact on your space!
Spoonflower’s new faux suede is the perfect fabric for making a statement piece like this upholstered headboard. I used a dramatic print from the Spoonflower marketplace by Jennifer Flannigan. This is a no-sew project and is simple in its construction. And whilst I’m more at home in a fabric store than a hardware store, this headboard requires more industrial supplies than you can find at your average craft store. I’ve tried to list my supplies as accurately as possible so that you can easily find what you need to create your own. Getting the foam and plywood cut in store really helps keep this project manageable if you don’t have access to or inclination to use your own power tools.
*Spoonflower’s Faux Suede was retired in the spring of 2018 but Celosia Velvet™ is a great alternative for this project!
Continuing our January project series to show our spaces a little love and create treasures from worn or plain pieces in our homes, Spoonflower staff member Allie Tate transforms her childhood French provincial desk into a fresh work station ready for new creative projects!
Growing up my two sisters and I all had matching French provincial bedroom sets. I had kept mine through the years and love it, but it needed some serious updating. Having been through my childhood and too many to moves to count through college and life after, my poor furniture had certainly seen better days.
A fresh coat of paint, some decals, and fabric to recover the chair cushion and it would be good as new! Choosing the right decals and fabric was the hardest part of the whole process, and I went with two longtime favorites, CandyPenny’s Woodtype Alphabet decal design and Wolfie and the Sneak’s Kristen fabric.
To start the project, I removed the hardware and sanded the desk. Since it was already a light color, I choose paint of similar color that contained primer and was able to skip an extra coat of paint.
Recovering the chair, I cut the fabric to size and then used a staple gun to attach fabric to the bottom of the cushion. For me, strategically folding and stapling the corners so they weren’t a mess was the most challenging part!
Lining drawers with decal was an easy way to update the drab drawers. I simply measured the inside of the drawers and using large 30”x30” decals I cut a piece to size and covered the bottom of each drawer.
Ta-Da! The end result is a definite upgrade from the sad-looking desk I started with. Now to work on organizing all my crafting and sewing notions that fill the drawers! Looking for more furniture re-do inspo? Follow our Handmade Home Decor board on Pinterest.
Danielle relaxing on a sofa reupholstered in her own Queeny Brass design.
We’ve still got decorating on the brain here at the new Spoonflower office, and just accepted delivery of some beautifully reupholstered furniture all done up in Spoonflower fabrics, of course, by Chad’s very skilled uncle. Those of you who have been with Spoonflower for awhile may recognize Danielle’s Queeny Brass fabric above as the winner of the Spoonflower staff contest way back in February of 2011.
This week guest author Emma Jeffery from the blog Hello Beautiful rescues a worn ottoman with an artful fabric.
I recently pounced (literally!) on this old ottoman when a friend of mine told me she needed it out of her house. Yes, it was ripped in places, some of the covered buttons were now rather naked and the dark brown covering wasn’t really to my liking, but it was structurally sound, clean and it fitted in the trunk of my car. I just knew it was begging to be brought back to life and recovered in some gorgeous new Spoonflower cotton-linen canvas.
Though each individual piece of furniture will be slightly different to recover, I thought I’d share some of my methods and findings in case you are also tempted to give something like this a whirl.
Before I could even start thinking about browsing through the mouth watering array of new fabric possibilities in the Spoonflower marketplace, I had to set about taking the old ottoman apart, removing the foam from the wooden base and legs, ripping off the old fabric and sanding down the wood. All the fun messy stuff. I must admit to never having recovered a piece of furniture like this before, so if you are an expert and spot some fatal flaws or errors in my methods, please feel free to leave a comment and advise.
I began by ripping away the covering on the underside of the base and once able to get to the screws, I used an electric screwdriver (thanks, husband!) to take the legs off and separate the base from the foam.
As with any project like this, there are going to be a lot of staples to extract before you can remove the old fabric completely. I’d estimate that there were about 5 million staples in this ottoman (or thereabouts….) and I summoned my inner dentist and removed them with the help of a screwdriver and a pair of pliers. I also discovered a little magnetic dish that was the perfect way to keep the staples away from being stepped on by little feet.
With the wooden base dismantled from the legs, I then sanded down the wood. I didn’t remove the old varnish completely, I just ‘roughed up’ the surface so that it would hold a new paint.
Aside from choosing the fabric, the second best thing about this project was choosing the paint! I consulted with the friendly experts in my local hardware store, who were more than happy to advise me on which kind of paint to use. I ended up using a semi-gloss, which is a paint and primer in one, in bright turquoise. I recommend talking to your local hardware store experts if you have questions about your own projects.
After painting all the woodwork with two coats of paint (and allowing the first coat to dry before painting the next) I was able to move onto the fabric part of the project. I recommend using Spoonflowers heavy- weight linen-cotton canvas. This gorgeous print is called Art Deco Rio De Janeiro by Zesti, the second runner up from the Art Deco Fabric of the Week contest
I wanted some tufting on my ottoman and whilst there were originally 3 buttons on the old ottoman, I decided to add a few more to make a total of 11. The fabric I used lent itself to having buttons placed in the center of the triangles on the design, so I started out by taking measurements from the the fabric. I recorded how far apart the centers of the triangles were, up and down and side to side. My foam was glued to a wooden base so — turning the base to face me and starting by finding the center point and working outwards — I measured and marked the position for 11 buttons.
I then used my hand drill to drill holes into the wooden base on each marked point.
I wanted to check I had measured the position of each hole correctly (math is not one of my greatest skills….) so I poked cocktail sticks into each hole I had drilled, and lay the fabric over the base. By doing so, I was able to make sure that the cocktail sticks poked the fabric in just the right place for me to center my buttons. Which they did. Success first time!
Assured that my holes were drilled in the correct places, I covered 11 buttons with the fabric I was using and, having hunted down an 8” doll making needle, I stitched the buttons through the foam. I secured each covered button with a large plastic button from my supplies at the wooden base to make sure the thread couldn’t get pulled back through the foam. No one likes loose, dangly buttons, right?
With all 11 buttons tightly secure and holding the fabric to the foam (I also checked that I pulled them into the foam evenly) I finished by pulling the fabric taut over the foam and stapling the sides to the wooden base underneath.
All I had left to do was screw the foam back onto the base and put the legs on, and I was finished. Although I worked on this over a couple of weekends, the total work time was around 8 hours.
I am thrilled to have rescued an old piece of furniture that was no longer loved or wanted and turned it into something beautiful. I haven’t let my children sit on it yet. But I will, once I’ve stopped gazing at it.
About Our Guest Blogger
I'm an obsessive sewer, often leaping into projects with more enthusiasm than talent, more bravado than skill and more good luck than anything else. This technique has worked well for me so far and more often than not, I make things I love, even if they're not absolutely perfect. And though I'm no expert, I have a passion for fabric, color and design. I know what I like and what I like makes me smile.
This is the seventh in a series of posts describing the projects that are part of our 2012 Spoonflower Staff Challenge. Voting begins on Thursday, March 15, 2012.
For our project, we decided to reupholster a family heirloom chair that belonged to Jaysen and his wife, Melodie.
The chair was originally hand-crafted by Melodie’s great-grandfather in the 1940’s and had already been reupholstered once in the 1960’s. The chair has been owned and loved by many of her family members. Her uncle even carved his name into the arm when he was a child! While Melodie loved the family history that was attached to the chair, she wasn’t very fond of the pea green velour it was covered in.
After much discussion, we decided to use a sailing theme in our fabric designs. In their home, Jaysen has a framed old-style map hanging above the chair, and Melodie has always been interested in learning how to sail. Jaysen drew the sailboats by hand, and then imported them into Adobe Illustrator to color them. You can see his fabric here.
Kelly then created a collection of simple accent fabrics that could be used together with his design.
Finally, we could start in on the actual chair. Kelly had some small experience in reupholstering a chair because she’d done one for her own home. While reupholstering a chair isn’t difficult, it is very tedious and time consuming and she vowed she would never ever do it ever again. Little did she know…..
The first step in reupholstering a chair is to remove all of the original fabric. This means prying out thousands of staples by hand. It’s important to preserve as much of the original fabric as possible because you’ll need to use the pieces as templates later when cutting out the new fabric.
When we began uncovering the matching footstool we found a surprise!
Melodie’s great-grandfather owned a furniture business, and when he made this chair for his family, he let his son (Melodie’s grandfather) sign the base fabric of the footstool! After finding his signature, this chair became even more precious to Melodie and her family.
After removing all the old fabric, we labeled the pieces and laid them out onto the new fabric to trace their shape. Then we took the pieces of new fabric, stretched them over the frame of the chair, and stapled them into place.