We partnered up with our favorite restoration company to restore this incredibly dated table-and-chairs set back to its original glory and we used some really different techniques to accomplish it. This is what we started with:
In proper upholstery it is necessary to sew two pieces of fabric (that cover the chair back) into a tight slip for crisp edging. However, the table and chair set we chose fortunately had a framing bar which hides most of the seam; we were able to get away with some make-shift piping and a staple gun. Take note that for most DIY re-upholstery this will not be an option.
Cut your new fabric and start stapling it into place.
The chair bottoms are easy; just make sure you leave your screw holes exposed.
We then rolled and folded extra pieces of fabric to create piping along the edges that are visible, we secured these over the binds using super glue.
Updating the hardware
When painting a multi-sided object that needs full coverage it is easiest to get it off the floor. You do not want to risk picking up fibers or patterns from cloth nor allow hunks of newspaper to get stuck to your wet paint and leave little bits immovable.
We suspended the chairs for this process.
To combat the different surfaces, we first sprayed each piece with primer. (The particular set we worked with had plastic with a printed wood grain, brass, and real wood. If you try to spray paint different surfaces like this, they will accept the color differently leaving with you an ununiform product.)
Once primed, we painted! It is important to allow your pieces plenty of time to dry. You don’t want to scratch the paint or accidentally transfer it to your new fabric.
Resurfacing the table
The tabletop was originally a plastic veneer with a printed wood grain. It was really dated and since staining was out of the question we went a really different direction. Vinyl floor tiles are less than $1/sq. ft., can be cut with scissors and are typically made to peel-and-stick.
Clean the surface then measure the tiles.
Cut as close around the edges as possible using a razor blade.
Finish the edges by wrapping a butter knife in a piece of sand paper. Using the non-serrated edge, wedge the knife into the angle created by the table edge and the vinyl. Run the knife along the side of the vinyl until it is properly smoothed and shaped.
The sanding process will remove the paint. Tape off the top of the table and repaint the edges to repair your damage.
Put the whole thing back together and voila, a beautifully updated table to weather the ages.
We want to extend a big thank you to Mandi Clark from Rainbow International for helping us out.