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How to Make Arm Chair Slipcovers for Less Than $30 (page 2 of 2)

This easy and budget-friendly upholstery project uses canvas drop cloths to give an old set of chairs a new cottage-chic look.

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Wrap the Skirt

We did the chair's skirt last to cover the bottom edges of all the other pieces. You can do the skirt as one long piece wrapped all the way around or do separate pieces on each side of the chair.

Cover Cushions and Add Nail Trim

When all the pieces are in place and are glued down, use the hammer to insert the upholstery nail heads through the fabric and into the chair's framing. All chairs vary, on some you can feel the framing in the arms, others the on the back and some around the edges.

Final Stitching

The chair will need to be stitched together at the many of the seams to hold fabric in place. The adhesive is more of a temporary solution to get the pieces in their exact spots. The stitching will give it a rustic chic look.

Joanne Palmisano is the author of Salvage Secrets (W.W. Norton, September 2011). Visit her blog, also called Salvage Secrets.

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