Are your outdoor chairs looking a bit drab after winter? Well Home Life have have given us this easy tutorial to give your outdoor chairs a fresh new look for summer.
What you will need
Wadding (if desired)
1. Prepare for paint – Before you start painting, it's best to make sure the chairs are clean, especially if they've had a hard life outside. Remove the covers from the chairs. Dilute some sugar soap with water in a bucket and use a sponge to wash the frames thoroughly. Allow the chairs to dry for a day or two, to ensure the timber is completely dry. Put some old newspaper under the chairs on a flat surface and give them a light sand. Make sure you sand all surfaces as the wood fibres will be damaged from exposure to the weather. Undercoat the chairs, allow to dry and then lightly sand again. This should bind all wood fibres together and make splinters less likely. Brush off any dust. Paint the chairs, allowing them to dry completely between coats. It's best to follow the instructions on the paint tin.
2. Prepare the fabric and pattern – Wash the new fabric before you start cutting it. This will minimise shrinkage later when you take the finished covers off to clean them. Use the old chair covers as a pattern. Cut around them, adding a couple of centimetres to allow for the seam. To make the covers stronger and longer lasting, double the fabric. If you want added comfort you can slide a little wadding between the fabric before you start stitching. Sew around all edges, following the patterns of the existing covers. If you have added wadding it's best to sew a few cross-sections to keep the foam in place. Fit the new covers on the freshly painted and dry chair frames.
3. Staple – You can use a craft staple gun to attach the new seat covers to the chair and stool frames. Just attach one side first, then pull it tight and repeat on the other side. You can always cover the staples with ribbon, if desired.
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