Dining Room Chairs Do-over

Transform your upholstered eye-sores into fancy jaw-droppers!
I have a great fondness for retro furniture. I wouldn’t furnish my apartment with old-fashioned items only, but having a few interesting and well renovated oldies mixed with the common stuff is a great middle ground between modern and vintage.

I especially like the set of upholstered, oak chairs that used to belong to my grandparents, but since they got the brant of the abuse with years, I decided to give them a facelift they needed. Amanda Brown from Design Sponge, comes up with a great, step-by-step tutorial on how to transform upholstered eye-sores into fancy jaw-droppers. You can check her series of tutorials called “Upholstery Basics” for other worthy ideas helpful in producing heirloom pieces.

If you need some help with remodeling your outdoor furniture, check lately featured tutorial for Anthropology Inspired Beach Chairs.

If you’re also a fan of creating an interesting juxtaposition of styles at your place, drop us a note below if this tutorial was helpful in dealing with your retro findings. We also appreciate all kind of feedback and tips from you, so feel free to write to us :)

Comprehensive tutorial of Dining Room Chairs Do-over can be found here.

What you need:


  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Clamps
  • Pliers
  • Staple remover
  • Stapler
  • Permanent marker
  • Straight edge/ruler
  • Scissors
  • Regulator
  • Dustcover
  • Air blower attachment
  • Carving knife

Supplies / ingredients:

  • Foam (denser is better for seats)
  • Cotton batting
  • Dacron
  • Fabric
  • Cardboard tack strip
  • White or yellow chalk


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