Good Question: Oilcloth for Upholstery Project?

Good Question: Oilcloth for Upholstery Project?

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Hi Apartment Therapy! I'm trying to play up my love for the 1950s with furniture in my new condo. I've gotten my hands on a few gems through craigslist recently including these retro vinyl kitchen chairs! I absolutely LOVE the shape of them. My idea was to reupholster them myself with this oilcloth. But will oilcloth be strong enough for everyday use?

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Also, these chairs have black piping on the backs (to hide staples I assume) so if I reupholstered myself, I'd need to find piping to match (white!). I plan on painting the black frames of these white as well. So my question is, should I try reupholstering these myself (I'm crafty but have only recovered a chair cushion before)? If so, would oilcloth work? If not, where is a good place to find fun patterns or colors in vinyl or naugahyde? If this is really a job for a professional, any suggestions in the Boston area? I don't want to spend a fortune...

Please Apartment Therapy! Any ideas? Thanks! Laura

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