Dining Room Makeover

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About five years ago my Dad gave us his old dining room table and chairs, he'd only had the set for a couple of years and it's still in great condition.

It's really nice, but isn't really the right style for our new house. However replacing it is not a priority right now {it's pretty much at the bottom of the list}, so I decided to have a go at recovering the cushions.

I had another reason for doing so as well... a couple of years ago I was resting the iron on one of the chairs and it tipped over and burnt a whole right through one of the covers. I've used chair covers on the chairs for a few years to hide it, but I'm tired of how they look.

I bought the fabric from spotlight along with a cheap staple gun and set about recovering them.

It was really simple. I just unscrewed the cushions from the base.


Measured out how much fabric I would need.


and folded and stapled.


Once the covering was done I just screwed the cushions back on and sprayed them with a waterproofing spray to try and give them some protection from dirt, food and cat fur.

I'm reasonably happy with how the turned out. They're not perfect, but they'll do for now. I'm kind of thinking that I might like to paint the chairs white and then recover them {again} with a fabric that has some colour in it. {Like this, from here}


But I want to wait until we have tiles down first so that I have a better idea of what the dining room is going to look like.

Ta-da, my first major DIY!


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6 comments:

Lucy said...

Very cool! A great (cheap?) improvement?

Jackie D. said...

Wow, that looks really great!

Aimee said...

very cool! I definitely do not have that good of a crafting gene! so go you!

Tamsyn said...

Thanks girls :)

I paid $65 for the fabric, but as it was a spur of the moment decision I guessed how much I would need and bought twice as much. The staple gun was $12.50. So I'm really happy with result!

Cat Fulton Bensein said...

Wowza Tamsyn!

FANTASTIC JOB!!

Tamsyn said...

Thanks Cat, it really does make such a difference to our dining room.