The first was redoing a chair that's been in my family. It's not something I would have bought but it's a decent piece I wanted to use as an accessory to the room. Instead of buying fabric to recover it, I broke out my doilie pillow covers from the consignment shop I talked about a couple of weeks ago and made use of the fabric (mypinterestreality.com/2012/05/diy-doily-transfer-tee). This wasn't a 'pin' but who cares...I'm proud of how it turned out and wanted to share.
Heavy duty staple gun
1. Look at the old chair and know it has potential :)
2. Flip your furniture piece over and identify the clasps or screws that fasten the seat onto the piece (these are often Phillips’ head screws). Use a screwdriver to unscrew the cushion from the piece.
3. Remove the existing fabric off of the foam cushioning.
4. If the foam needs to be replaced, measure the foam piece or take it with you to the craft store and purchase a new piece in the same size. You can buy a larger piece and simply use the old one as a template to cut out with a utility knife.
5. Cut your fabric to the appropriate size (adding some additional inches for pulling and stapling). I worked with an old pillow cover so needed to be creative with how I cut to make the most of the fabric.
6. Lay the fabric right side out over the foam and wood base. Adjust the fabric to your liking, then begin to pull it from diagonal sides around the sides of the wood base.
7. Pull and fold the first corner and secure it on the bottom side with with a commercial flat stapler.
8. Fold down the remaining corners, fastening them to the underside of the seat as you go with the stapler.
9. Once the fabric is secure all of the way around, flip your seat over and place back on the piece. Firmly pressing the cushion against the wood frame, use your screwdriver to reinsert the seat screws.
10. Sit your piece upright and enjoy your new piece of furniture!