In­stantly up­date your din­ing chairs

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Bring some colour into your din­ing room with this sim­ple DIY project

Firstly, if your chair has an up­hol­stered seat, turn it up­side down to re­move it and put this to one side. Next, deal with any wob­bly frames by tight­en­ing screws and mend­ing any loose joints with wood glue. Rub over old wood with fine sand­pa­per to re­move flak­ing paint or var­nish and pro­vide a smooth base for paint­ing. Use

a brush dipped in chalk paint to coat the wood, leave to dry, add a sec­ond layer and then leave to dry. Ap­ply clear wax and, once dry, buff with a soft cloth. For a new seat cover, place the seat pad face down on top of a piece of fab­ric (also face down). Wrap the ma­te­rial over and use a sta­ple gun to se­cure along one side. Pull

fab­ric taut and se­cure on the op­po­site side. Con­tinue on the re­main­ing two sides, fold­ing neat pleats at the corners. Care­fully trim any ex­cess ma­te­rial with scis­sors then fit the seat back into the frame. For ex­tra de­tail on a plain fab­ric seat, mask off a por­tion of the fab­ric and paint this with a con­trast­ing chalk paint.

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