I'm really glad we rarely have dinner guests. It's not because I don't like cooking ( I don't mind it). It's not because I was worried about the kids' behavior (they can usually at least tone down the bickering in front of others). It's because our dining room chairs had become so disgusting, I was embarrassed by them.
When we first bought the set 5 years ago, I knew that fabric seats probably weren't the smartest idea, but I went for it anyway. After two years, I recovered the seats, thinking that since the kids were past the toddler stage, they wouldn't be as messy. Yeah, that was so not the case!
This is what just one of the chairs looked like
(the others looked similar!)
|and those were only the stains I could identify!|
I knew I should recover them again, but just kept putting it off because I knew whatever I put on wouldn't last. Then I saw this post over at Momnivore's Dilemma where she reupholstered her chairs using a pretty vinyl tablecloth. What a smart idea! A pretty pattern and it was wipe-able!!
I ran out to my Home Goods and picked up this...
It's not vinyl, so it won't be quite as stain proof, but it's water repellent indoor/outdoor treated fabric and the colors match our dining room and living room perfectly. I bought the largest size ( 70"x120", I think) and it was more than enough to do all six chairs, plus I have plenty of leftovers. Oh, and it was only $19.99, so it was way cheaper than buying fabric by the yard.
Check out the transformation...
If you've never done a project like this, it's really pretty easy. I was able to do all six chairs in an afternoon (with distractions!).
1. You'll need a heavy duty staple gun and staples.
2. Take your seat off your chair. (Most are just held on by a few screws underneath). Put the seat upside down on the wrong side of your fabric. If there's a pattern, try to center it or make sure the lines are straight.
3. Cut your fabric leaving plenty of extra to wrap around to the back side. ( It's way better to have some excess that you can cut off, than not enough to staple down!)
4. Start stapling down your fabric. I like to do one side, then the opposite side, then the corners then the last two sides. I also found that the staple gun works best if you push it tight down on the fabric, then squeeze to staple. If a staple doesn't go all the way in, you can always give it a whack with a hammer.
|Wrapped nice and tight.|
5. Turn it over and re-attach to your chair frame.
|Sooo much better.|
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