Redecorating costs can quickly add up and new furniture is rarely cheap. Luckily you can easily create a custom look using second-hand furniture and a few simple techniques.
Prepare to Reupholster Your Furniture
Start by finding the right materials to create some funky and fun pieces. When looking for a chair, look at the lines of the furniture, not the color or pattern of the fabric. For a modern room, choose streamlined and simple shapes. For a more eclectic room, look for ornate woodwork and curvy elements.
After finding the chair, you will also need to find fabric and paint. Pick a sturdy thick fabric with a vivid pattern. A bold and simple print will add a wow factor to any room. Match the paint to the fabric and always purchase either semi-gloss or high-gloss paint. This paint will wear better and add elegance to the furniture.
Finally purchase some tools and finishing elements. You will need a staple gun, utility knife, scissors and a hot glue gun. You will also need to purchase trim at a local fabric store. You might also need some deglosser to remove oil-based stain from the wood parts of the furniture.
Revamp Old Furniture
After assembling all of the supplies and tools, begin by painting the wood parts of the furniture. If the wood has an oil-based stain, remove the stain with the deglosser before painting. Paint all of the wood and allow the chair to dry overnight.
Next use a utility knife to cut away the current fabric. You can also switch out the stuffing for a foam pad if you prefer.
Now start at the front of the chair and staple the new fabric into the old seam lines of the furniture. Use your hand to smooth out wrinkles as you place staples along the seams. Don’t worry about exposed fabric edges because you will cover these up later. Continue this process until the entire chair is covered in the new fabric. Also fold the fabric underneath the chair seat and staple it.
Use the utility knife to cut away any excess fabric so that the edges of the fabric run along the seams of the furniture. Now use a hot glue gun to glue fabric trim along all of the rough fabric edges. Apply the trim so that it covers any exposed rough seams.
Once the glue dries, the chair is ready to use. Use this same process to create a variety of custom furniture pieces in your house. Experiment with different colors and fabrics to create many looks throughout the home.