Midwest #6: The "Cheesy but Strangely Appealing Velvet" Project

Name: Jen
Location: Nashville
Time: 1 Hour
Cost: $4.98!

Jen recovered the "dirty and tattered" old seats of her dining chairs with a rich velvet. Judging from the project title she submitted, she is embracing the kitschy goodness of the "luxe" material. Jump below for all the pics, tools, instructions and VOTING...

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BEFORE

Tell us the tools and resources you used for the project:
Fabric remnant, a screwdriver, and a borrowed staple gun.

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MY TOOLS


Share step by step instructions for how you completed the project:

1.Turn the chair upside down. Using a screwdriver, remove the seats from the chair.

2. Using the screwdriver, remove the staples that hold the old fabric on the seat. Do not use the wrong end of a hammer or a knife. Trust me, I tried. Hey, there's some really ugly old fabric under here!

3. Measure the seat and cut the fabric to fit. Wrap the fabric around the seat, tuck the corners so they are smooth, and staple the fabric in place. It may be necessary to trim the fabric so it can be stapled smoothly over the corners.

4. Trim, tuck, staple. Repeat. Don't stress about making the underside look perfect; no one can see that part except the cat!

5. Using a screwdriver, reattach the seats to the chairs. Sit on the velvet and enjoy your tea. Mmm, tea.

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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