recovering my dining chairs, again!

i did this project before (check out the details HERE), and i decided that i didn’t like the yellow vinyl, so i chose a slightly more neutral colour/ pattern. this dining table set is one that we use everyday, so it gets a lot of wear and tear. the kids are messy and having cloth seat covers just doesn’t make sense as they are impossible to clean properly. 

i bought my vinyl tablecloth from the grocery store for $4!

a vinyl table cloth 
staple gun fully loaded (extra staples on hand)


1. cut the tablecloth around the seat, leaving about a 2 inch margin. this measurement, really depends on how thick your seats are, mine are about an inch or so thick. you want to be able to fold the vinyl under the seat nice and tight. if you are unsure, be generous at first, as you can always trim the vinyl if necessary.

2. place your seat face down on the cut vinyl piece. fold the edge of the vinyl about an inch once and grab at the centre, stapling the material onto the chair a few times. then do the opposite side of the seat. this time you want to make sure you are tugging at the vinyl to ensure a nice tight, taught seat cover in the end.

3. you want to make sure your corners are nice and tight, so that they fit back into the chair frame with ease, but also for a neat appearance. i did my corners as though i was folding a gift. always ensure that you are pulling the vinyl tightly, to create a smooth seat cover. use as many staples as necessary, as they are not visible in the end. i used a bazillion.

4. i recovered four chairs in less than an hour. my wee lion was napping when i completed this project. 

now, our chairs are easy to clean after the kids (or adults) have made a mess!

xo, mama lola
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  1. says

    That’s so cute! I love cheap and easy home improvement projects….and really anything with a staple gun. Finally getting by from Bre’s Blog Hop. Hope to read more soon. I’m following on Bloglovin.
    Lulu and Daisy

  2. says

    I found your blog through NabloPoMo
    That was a really cool idea! Much cheaper than some of the oil cloth type fabric they sell at Jo-Ann’s.

  3. says

    Wow what a difference! That table cloth is so pretty and as a Momma of a toddler, I’m happy to have a good reupholster tutorial for a reference. Pinned it 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing it with us!