Who would have thought that Kmart tea towels could be used to reupholster dining chairs?

A mum has shared her clever hack to the Kmart Mums Australia Facebook group saying that she used patterned tea towels to give her tired dining chairs an upgrade. DIY queen Jenny revealed that each tea towel cost just $3 and she was absolutely thrilled with the results!

Quick And Easy

Jenny says she used the popular ‘Native’ print tea towels and a staple gun to complete the project. “It was a lot easier to do than I thought,” she said. “So happy with the results!” Jenny shared a before and after photo, revealing that dining chairs were originally a dull beige colour that had become worn and stained, so the vibrant design of the tea towels gave them a whole new look. While Jenny’s choice may not be to everyone’s taste, Kmart has an extensive range of tea towels in a variety of prints and block colours so there is something to suit every home!

beforeandafter

Amazing Results

Comments on Jenny’s post said that the DIY idea was a clever way to refresh furniture. “Well done, it looks like a professional job,” said one Kmart mum. “Amazing! They look gorgeous! A job well done,” said another. We absolutely love this hack. What an easy way to save money and still update your dining room. Best of all, you can do it yourself for under $5 a chair  – why not change them every year!?

Have you got a clever DIY interiors hack? Share your tips in the comments!


  • With a bit of help from my sister to hold the material in place my Mum recovered a footstool with fabric that complimented the settee. It still looks good and my feet are on it now,

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  • Oh wow, what a lovely tea towel! So glad someone has found a better use for something so pretty. I do have to wonder at the longevity of the covers though

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  • such a great idea!

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  • I’ve redone chairs, it’s not hard indeed.
    Personally I wouldn’t do it with tea towels though, it asks for heavier fabric

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  • Really looks great i must admit.

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  • A staple gun – I could do that.

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  • A clever mum! They look good!

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  • Another project I did with the staple gun was upholstering the pelmet board in our bedroom. We had some fabric left from the curtains and so I tried! I don’t think it came out too bad. :-)

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  • Lately I did the same! I bought a piece of fabric in Salvo and upholstered my dining chairs. The new ones are the yellow ones. I used the staple gun and it was quite easy to use!

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  • That’s a great idea!

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