Soooo, ok. The thought of reupholstering anything makes me want to curl up in the fetal position and chant The Lord’s Prayer. But with a couple of tiny people in the house, and brightly colored food flying through the air, I was beginning to realize that my lovely off-white fabric on the dining chairs wouldn’t be off-white for long, and I needed to take action. Like yesterday.
Every so often, I strike gold on craigslist (I know many of you think that I have such good luck with scoring great finds on craigslist, but that’s a falsity. I only find stuff because I look often, and browse through hundreds if not thousands of items before I find ONE that I like!) So I stumbled upon this amazing fabric, and knew immediately that it HAD TO BE MINE. I wasted no time in swiping up this Asian poppy print. It’s beautiful. It’s orange. It’s everything I’ve ever dreamed of in a fabric.
My first thought was to use it to make curtains for the living room. But I decided that, while there’s just enough for two windows, I felt like our large-ish bay window in the living room needed more than just a regular size curtain panels. So my second thought was to use it to reupholster the dining chairs!
I removed all the seats. It seemed logical.
Making sure that I had plenty of fabric to wrap around the edges and staple, I cut 28″ squares (8 total for our 8 chairs), and had the perfect amount of fabric!
And using my upholstery staple gun, just put a staple every couple inches… pulling tight with each addition!
But we didn’t stop there, because simply upholstering in new fabric doesn’t fix the problem of flying food (even though the food is often orange in color). So we bought 3.5 yards of this clear plastic vinyl.
This step was harder than the fabric step, because it was hard to pull the plastic tight on the corners without leaving weird wrinkles that stick out. But finally I finished all 8 and get ’em screwed back on the chairs! Phew!
We’re one step closer to baby-proofing this old house! I love that it’s wipe-able, stain resistant, and has a beautiful unique pattern! AND, 10 years down the road when I think it’s ugly… my lovely off-white fabric is still underneath and easily accessible! And hopefully then we won’t have food flying through the air. Wishful thinking? Perhaps.
But for now I think it’s purrrrrty too. And it makes me feel joyful!
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