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Mid Century Daystrom Table & Chairs Flip


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.

2 responses »

  1. Wow! What a transformation. You did a beautiful job. Are you keepin it? Where do you manage to find space for all these neat things you find



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