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This seven post series was inspired by a table and chairs that I drooled over at Slumberland Furniture for nearly seven months. I decided to go for an table and chairs “upcycle” with what I already had at home. Working with this table and chairs was a labor of love, but the total cost was less than $100. I love the finished product. This was only my second upcycle experience! Anyone can do this. I’m a beginner, too. The finished table now resides in my sewing and writing studio. One chair sits by my sewing machine, another at my computer.

Table + Chairs Upcycle Series

  1. Table + Chairs: Before Photos
  2. Table + Chairs: Removing Upholstery
  3. Table + Chairs: Priming & Painting
  4. Table + Chairs: Decorative Valspar Glaze
  5. Table + Chairs: Blue to match
  6. Table + Chairs: New Upholstery
  7. Table + Chairs: After

Three Simple Steps for Removing Upholstery {Post 2 of 7}

1. Remove seat from frame of chair by unscrewing. See the holes around the base? There are 4 screws in there. Take ’em out!


Set the frame of the chair out of the way & begin working on the next one.


Pile the cushions together. DSCN3355

2. Begin removing staples with pliers.DSCN3353


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3. Clean up time. Throw away the staples and old fabric.


You may have to replace the cushions or pads in the chairs. I did not take this step, because I decided ours were in good enough condition.

Thanks for reading!



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Hey, I’m Sierra Shea! I am so glad you are here. 

Where do I start with writing to introduce this blog? At the beginning, I suppose: I’ve been writing on various platforms online since 2013. I started blogging shortly after moving to South Dakota.

I am a mother and a maker at heart. I’m so grateful to be married to John and mother of three: Joslyn, J.D. and Jesse.

I am a self-taught decorator and designer. I am a brand new shepherdess and a Spiritual Director.

I love living in South Dakota, even though the winters & the wind can be a near-daily struggle.

Blogging is a grounding force in my life and it helps get me out of my head, unstuck and moving in the directions I always hoped I’d be going!