Re-upholstered dining chairs

Having completed an intro to upholstery course at The Good Life Centre, I was itching to have a go myself. We needed some decent dining chairs (to replace the folding Ikea chairs we were using) and I found some good quality Stag chairs in a local charity shop for a real bargain.

Rather than cover them in shop-bought upholstery fabric I opted to create my own design and get that printed. I did two colour-ways with the idea of having two blue chairs and two green chairs, got a metre of canvas printed by and cut this into four pieces.

Blue textile design



The original chairs were looking tired and in need of some tlc.

Dining chair before

The base of the chairs were held in place with four screws. Once all the foam and fabric was removed I was left with a flat hardwood base. I bought 1″ foam from my local upholstery shop, which I fixed in place with upholstery spray glue and used a staple gun to attach the fabric.

These are the finished chairs, which are a colourful addition to the kitchen and are really comfortable too.

Four dining chairs





Re-upholstered vintage stool

upholstery stool

I’d been given a chaise longue to re-upholster and as I’d not attempted any upholstery before I decided to look for an intro to upholstery course. I found a really good one at the Good Life Centre in London, that aimed to demistify upholstery for beginners. I attended the one day course, taught by practicing upholsterer Rachael South, and she covered all the basics. It was a really fun day and this is the stool I reupholstered.

Mosaic garden table

Mosaic garden table

Shortly after we had moved house and we were still without broadband, I was getting a bit restless and started looking for a new project. We had been given a glass-top garden table and it was just crying out to be decorated with mosaic.  Using my favourite blue tiles I created the outline for the pattern and then filled the spaces with broken white tiles, mosaic tiles and broken mirror.