A couple of years ago when our family scored a vintage dining set for our kitchen, I re-covered the traditional looking chairs with a more mod-style fabric. Oh, how I dug the result! They were funky, they matched our house perfectly and completely transformed the look of the original set.
- Unscrew & remove seat from chair.
- Use seat as a template by laying it on the oilcloth and drawing around it, adding about 3" to all sides.
- Spray an even layer of Fast Grab Tacky Spray onto the old fabric of the seat top. Center seat face down on the wrong side of the oilcloth, pressing firmly so the glue sticks. This will prevent it from sliding around while you staple.
- Working from the center out of any of the edges, staple oilcloth to seat wood. Since this fabric doesn't have much give, you'll have to pleat in several places to keep it taut. When you get to the corners, fold as if you were wrapping a present.
- Depending on where the screw holes are, you may end up covering them. If so, you can poke through the oilcloth with a craft knife or nail to access them again.
- Re-attach seat to chair.