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Submitted by: Julieanne Milne




Member of: Grillo Designs Home Decorating, Upcycling and DIY group.


Materials used

flathead screwdriver

glue gun

electric sander


fabric and beading

staple gun






How to


1. Remove the old staples with a small flat head screwdriver and pliers



2. Remove the old fabric




3. wipe your furniture over with a damp cloth to remove all the dust




4. Paint on a coat of primer/undercoat




5. Paint on your main colour..you can add several coats depending on preference.




6. Use an electric sander and lightly sand all the edges to give your piece a shabby chic look.



7. Make a newspaper template to make a new seat if your foam/rubber needs replacing. Lay the template on your rubber and trace around the outside.




9. Cut out your new rubber seat with an electric bread knife if you can get your hands on one..they are brilliant!


10. Sitthe foam/rubber on your seat to make sure it is the right size..trim if needed


11. Lay out your fabric and cut to required size. Pull the fabric tight folding the edges under for a neat finish…then staple around the edges. (See here for similar method in KIDS TYRE SEATING post)




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  1. What an excellent idea and it looks super cute too. I remember upholstering chairs in the days when they were so expensive