Do you guys remember when I asked for advice about my dining room chairs way back in August? Well, I finally got around to the makeover and I am thrilled with the results!
Here’s a quick summary of the back story of the table and chairs: We bought them last May off Craigslist for $80. The table was the perfect size for our new dining room and the chairs were solid and in good shape, but they badly needed updating.
The chair cushions were especially bad. Not only was the fabric ugly and totally not my style, it was also dirty and it had lots of stains.
Back in August I asked you to weigh in on a fabric, which I really appreciated, but I ended up waiting to pick one until I had completed my textiles class. I ordered several fabric samples and this fabric from OnlineFabricStore.net was the winner. It only cost $7.90 a yard and I ordered 3 yards just to make sure I
would have plenty in case I messed up (for the record I only messed up
once ). I think 2 yards would have been sufficient.
My husband Ben did most of the refinishing on the table and I painted the chairs. He wanted to stain the top of the table a dark walnut color and paint the legs white, which initially I was a little unsure about, but now that it's done I absolutely love it!
I’m no expert at painting so I won’t give you a tutorial (there are plenty of other resources for that), but I did use one tip from Pinterest. I poured some paint into a plastic cup and then slipped a rubber band over the top to help wipe off the extra paint from the brush. It worked really well!
Here are a couple action shots of the sanding and painting process:
The last step in the project was recovering the cushions. With the first cushion we took out every one of the 50+ staples which took a really long time. On the rest of them we sped things up by literally just ripping off the fabric and then taking out any staples that were sticking out. I used one of the old covers as a template for the new fabric. I used a pencil to draw an outline about 3 inches wider than the existing fabric. Then Ben used the staple gun to staple the fabric to the bottom of the cushion. We had the hardest time with the corners and they’re not perfect but they still look pretty good.
To end the post I’m leaving you with a few before and after photos:
What do you think? Do you like the two-tone look of the table? Do you like the fabric I decided on for the cushions? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Thank you to everyone who’s viewed and pinned this post! Here are some
answers to a few of your frequently asked questions:
-The paint we used is Clark+Kensington
paint and primer in one, in Ultra White (available at Ace Hardware stores)
-The stain we used is Minwax Gel
Stain in Hickory
-We did not use a sealant on the table or chairs, but I would recommend doing
so. In the time since I originally posted this project, the chairs and table
legs have gotten pretty scuffed up.
If you have any other questions feel free to leave them in the comments!