I found this fun fabric from Garden Ridge and was instantly inspired to recover two century old antique chairs passed down from my Husband’s Father’s side of the family.
Sorry I don’t have a better “before” picture, but as you can see from the picture I do have… intervention is clearly needed here! The dark wood is still in good condition, but the leather seating…once beautiful, is falling apart.
For padding a hundred years ago, they evidently used straw or hay for cushion. The Hubby and I hated to cut this original leather seat, but this stuffing had to come out!
Here I’ve got my supplies lined up…batting, fabric, scissors, staple gun, this project is super fun and easy and takes from start to finish just a couple of hours!
First, I cut the batting and used a staple gun to attach the batting to the bare wood seat.
Next, I generously cut the fabric and used staples again to tightly attach the fabric to the seat. These corners can be tricky, so I used pleats to secure the extra fabric.
And here they are finished! I love this fun, modern fabric combined with these dark, traditional antique chairs!
So my fabulous find, inspired a fresh modern update to a century old set of antique chairs! I love giving old things new life!