Monday, August 15, 2011

Dining Room Set

Our dining room set has been through a lot. We got it out of the "Pit" at Bob's Discount Furniture so it started out with a few stains and scratches. Through a move down from ME, two moves in MA and a move down to FL, it has developed a few more. Last year it also got a bread shape heat stain on the top. Overall, it's looking a bit rundown and a little ratty. Despite all of this, we really love the set. It's the perfect size, has a easy to use and store leaf, and has enough seating for most of our needs. Because of this, plus the fact that new sets are really expensive, we don't want to get rid of it and so this weekend we took the first step to giving it a little make over.

While at a local fabric store for another project, I noticed that they had a HUGE remnant section. There was a lot that I liked, but one piece stood out to me as a perfect fabric to reupholster the chairs of our dining set. At $4/yard I couldn't pass it up.

First we removed the pad from the chair and took off the old fabric (Nate did this as it turns out it takes me forever to get staples out  while he gets it done in minutes)

Next I cut my new fabric in the same shape as the old fabric

I then attached the new fabric by first stapling the corners and then stretching the fabric over the foam and attaching on all sides.

We then reattached the cushion and admired our work.

Here is one of the new chairs next to the old stained one.

I am contemplating turning the set white. The pros to this is that it would brighten up the dining room and would give me the chance to hide all the imperfections. What do you think??

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  1. White could look very good. It would be bright and, assuming you use a gloss finish, easy to clean. White can also, sometimes, look harsh. If you paint white and think it is too white, you could always antique it with a taupe or beige or brown glaze to make it look just a bit aged.

    If you decide to go with a stain again, you'll have better luck sticking with the same tone or darker.

  2. White would look really nicely with the fabric you used :) Thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.