This set was in great shape, but the upholstery was shot.
I was cruising Craigslist as usual and came across this set. I knew I could redo the upholstery and make it more desirable for resale.
The frames of the chairs were worn down to bare metal in some areas, so I had to repaint the chair frames.
The table legs needed a quick repaint as well.
After the chair frames and table legs were painted, I turned my attention to the seat cushions and recovered them with some atomic barkcloth fabric.
I used these vintage electric scissors to cut the fabric. It’s pink and called “Lady Enduro”!
Once I cut the fabric out I centered the cushion on it. I made sure to leave enough fabric around the edges to attach to the bottom of the cushion.
I like to start on the front edge of the cushion by placing 2-3 staples along its edge. Then, I pull the fabric up on the back of the cushion and staple the fabric in place. I work around the cushion until it is done. Watch out for edge wrinkles when stapling and try to keep fabric tight. Make sure to cut off excess fabric.
While I staple I like to mark where the old holes are so when I reattach the cushion I can line it up correctly.
Here they are re-upholstered and ready for years of enjoyment.
This will be a great set in someone’s pad.
Thank goodness the Formica is in good shape on the table. This is a really clean atomic table and chair set.
Next time you see a table set you love but hate the upholstery, just remember recovering the seats can make a huge difference.