Thrift Store Chair Makeover – Part 2: Mexican Blanket Reupholstery

In Part 1 of this thrift store chair makeover project, I showed you how we refinished these chairs using all natural, eco-friendly materials. Today, in Part 2 I'll reveal the dramatic conclusion of this thrift store makeover - the reupholstery! All you need is some cute fabric and a heavy-duty staple gun. 

The chair frame itself was looking pretty good after refinishing, but it could definitely use a pop of color. The original fabric is pictured below on the left. It was pretty dingy, and had an old-fashioned granny vibe. The seat was fairly easy to remove from the chair frame - it was simply held in place with 4 screws.

For reupholstery fabric I found a colorful Mexican blanket at Kobey's Swap Meet, and I knew it would be perfect for this project!


It's a good idea to make sure your fabric is clean and wrinkle-free before upholstering. After ironing, I spread the whole blanket out on the floor and lined up the chair cushions so the stripes would match up. Then I cut out around each cushion, making sure to leave several inches of fabric all around to staple to the back side. 


You don't need to remove the original fabric - you can just staple the new fabric right on top of the old one. Using a heavy-duty staple gun, I stapled the fabric all around each cushion. You have to be careful to pull the fabric taut, but not so tight that it warps the pattern.

Even if your staple job doesn't look perfect from the back side, it will be beautiful when you flip it right side up. 


From a dingy thrift store bargain, to a chic and colorful beauty - I'm in love with our new dining chairs. With a little hard work and some elbow grease, you can transform any piece of furniture into a work of art! If you haven't seen it, be sure to check out Part 1 of this thrift store chair makeover. 


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