During a Law and Order marathon this week I revamped our extra dining chairs by changing out the fabric on the seats. My parents gifted these chairs to us, along with the drop leaf table they fit. We use them with our dining table and upholstered chairs at holidays and when we have big groups for dinner. They're antiques so I was leery for a while about recovering them, but decided to go for it. Nothing risked, nothing gained, right? The original black silk pineapple fabric is really pretty, but a little dark for our space and a tad too traditional. Here they are hanging out in the corners of the dining room just waiting to be used. (Reserve judgement on the dining room; it's in progress.) I guess they should be called occasional chairs? Since we use them occasionally??
I had this geometric neutral fabric that I nabbed at Mary Jo's for a re-upholstery project that never happened. Our dining chairs are a natural linen and I decided this fabric would work well with it.
First, I took the seats off the chairs. Then I laid the seat cushion on the fabric and stapled the fabric to the cushion. I debated on taking the pineapple fabric off but decided against it. There was really no need to remove it so I skipped that step. (If I've learned anything at my parenting classes, it is to skip unnecessary steps!) To account for the curve along the front of the seat, I stapled along the straight back edge first, then stapled along the front curved edge to avoid puckering. I stapled the sides and saved the corners for last. I wanted these to be as seamless as I could manage so I worked carefully on pulling the corners together and held tightly to staple the corners down. Finally, I reattached the seat to the chair frame and repeated this process FIVE more times. Wrangling the fabric and chair frames in a state of utter chubbiness, so preggo, was interesting at best. Thankfully my only spectators were three sweet fluffy dogs.
Totally worth the effort! I liked them so much, I even put one on either side of my fave guy, the chalk paint table. The dining room is in progress but with the new rug, art, light fixture, and revamped seat cushions, we are well on our way! Next step: drapes and a buffet to provide storage for china and that extra punch of style.