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Turn Upholstered Dining Chair Seats Into Wood!

Turn Upholstered Dining Chair Seats Into Wood!

Before and After, Furniture, My Home, Tutorials
  I have been so excited to show you my chairs!  Look at these nasty seat covers before, to give you an idea of how old they were, horse hair was used for the padding.  I thought I would share how to turn upholstered dining chair seats into wood!
 Turn upholstered dining chair seats into wood
Originally I was going to make a patterned from these and upholster the seats again.  I was a little worried about upholstered chairs as I do have 3 young children but I couldn’t think of a better idea …. until my husband suggested making wood tops instead.  Brilliant right??!!  The only problem was I had never done that before…..until now!
 What you will need:
Cardboard and protractor-to make a pattern
Pine sheet or whatever wood you are using for the seats
Tape Measure
Table Saw
Stain (I used Dark Walnut)
screws to attached the seats to your chair
First I stripped the chairs all the way down and painted them in a custom mixed cream color.
Next I cut out wood to be the base for the new tops



Then it got a little tricky, I had to make a template for my seats.
To get the back curve right I used a protractor, it worked like a charm.  I wanted my seat tops to hang over roughly a 1/2 inch.


Once we had the template cut out we traced them on to our sheet pine.  You can buy sheets of pine like this from Lowes.  (notice Dave’s finger, he sliced it open with a table saw so use caution on this next step)


Once everything was all traced we used a jigsaw to cut out the curved back and then ran the straight edges through the table saw.
And this is what you get!
To stain my chairs I first used Miniwaxes Dark Walnut, once that stain had dried I applied Miniwaxes Cherry stain over the top to warm it up just a bit!


I have loved having wood tops, they clean up so nicely!


That is how to turn upholstered dining chair seats into wood!


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  1. Hillside Garden
    February 21, 2015 at 3:12 am

    What a beautiful chair, very courageous from you, to restore it. A lot of work, but well done.


  2. Addie Rogers
    February 21, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Love the red bandage on the finger while he uses the saw!!!!…lololol
    The chairs look great too!!!!

  3. Mindi Carwin
    February 25, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Beautiful!!! I love these Brooke!

  4. Hannah Pearson
    June 1, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    My parents have a BUNCH of old furniture. My boyfriend just bought his first house and I’ve been trying to pawn it off on him. He says there won’t be enough room, so I’m thinking about refinishing and selling it for them! Your blog is an inspiration and certainly will be helpful in this endeavor! THANK YOU!

  5. Angie
    June 9, 2017 at 3:11 am

    How did you attach the new seats to the chair?

    • startadmin
      June 12, 2017 at 5:25 am

      I used the same screws that attached the old upholstered chairs.

  6. Jennifer Clark
    November 13, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    What was the thickness of your wood? It’s probably cheaper to replace wood, then to refrabric them.

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