I have been trying to psyche myself up to try upholstery for a long time. This project I did over the weekend was yet another step to get me there. I found 6 of these chairs at the thrift store for $25. I really only needed 2 but at that price, I just got all of them! I'm sure I can find homes for them sooner or later. I loved the shape of the chair and thought the cushion would be a good candidate for practicing upholstery.
Nice pleather seat, huh? That stuff was like hard plastic! I took the seat off (just turn these types of chairs over and you will see that just a couple screws are holding them on). Then, with a pair of pliers and a flat head screw driver, I took off the cover. All the staples were kind of a pain but really not too bad. I took apart the cover with my seam ripper and scissors and was careful not to let it rip too much. I had to use it as a template to make the new cover!
I had some 2" foam around so I added an extra layer of cushion on top of the existing foam. I just used the existing shape cut it with my scissors. The edge wasn't perfect but it doesn't matter much when you get the new cover on.
I also used the piping from the old cushion and recovered it with my own nice fabric. This was a clearance upholstery weight fabric at Joann's. There was only about .75 yards and thought I would make some throw pillows. This is a much better home!
If you want more specifics, you can email me. But basically, just use the existing cushion as a pattern to make a new one. Then, use a staple gun to attach it to the bottom of the seat. This was so satisfying and I love my new chairs. Getting more confidence to rip into that wing chair that I have been saving forever!