I have a thing for bistro chairs. They may not be the most comfortable, but I find them charming and adorable. Last year, I bought one for ten bucks at my local thrift store with the intention of recovering it, but somehow I didn’t get around to it until now… Silly really, because it’s one of my quickest projects yet!
Here’s what I started with:
What you’ll need for this project:
Foam (if your chair doesn’t have a cushion already, like mine) and a small saw or sharp knife to cut it to size
A drill or a screwdriver
First off, I unscrewed the seat from the frame. I had some extra foam lying around from an old chair, but you could easily get some cheap stuff from a fabric.
I laid out the seat on top and cut it out with a mix of kitchen scissors and a bread knife.Then, with the knife, I cut it in half as I only needed a little over an inch for my cushion. It was all very precise and professional.
(I used the right hand one for my chair).
I could have glued it in place with some spray adhesive, but honestly, I don’t sit in the chair all that often, so I figured the fabric would be enough to keep it in place.
Once I had my foam cut to size, I layered with the seat and fabric. I started off by folding in the fabric to make a square and securing it at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock spots of the circle.
(I left lots of excess fabric as I knew I could cut it down as the project moved along).
After those were secured, I folded in the corners and stapled those tightly in place.
At this point, I started trimming down the extra fabric in the corners to avoid extra bulk under the seat and stapled any loose sections in.
Once it was in place, I cut a hole in the fabric where the screws would be.
With that, I screwed it back in place! I really should have done it sooner. It looks so much nicer in the space and was a simple project to make.
Now of course, I have that big empty wall to fill beside it. Any ideas that would complete it without competing with the focal wall on the other side?