Last week I shared our new kitchen dining chairs, the leather parsons chairs. Oh how I love them. However, I recently fell back in love with our larger, formal dining table too! The upholstered seats were boring, uninspired and nasty dirty. Not anymore.
Over a year ago, I was perusing the mounds of fabric in my favorite local discount fabric store and came across this beautiful gray and white graphic upholstery fabric. I literally scrounged through the mounds of fabric to find a couple of pieces that were reasonably good sized.
The difficulty of the discount fabric store is they buy left-overs, end cuts, etc. so the pieces are generally not real large or can have damaged areas and flaws. Any piece under 2 yards you must take the entire piece. I didn't care because I payed $3.99 a yard for this designer fabric that is available at Jo Ann's for almost $30 a yard. I was ecstatic.
While I have wanted to redo these chairs for quite some time, I feared ruining this beautiful fabric since we were still using these chairs on a daily basis. Now that we were moving these back to the formal dining room, I was free to proceed.
Here is the dining table before. As you can see, the fabric on the chairs was neutral and uninspiring. (Never mind that it was snagged, stained and disgusting.)
And now with the beautiful new chair covers. The subtle print and neutral gray brings some character and style to the seats.
I am absolutely loving the chairs. The table itself got small makeover too. In our previous home, this was our only table and we used it everyday. The finish was beginning to look dull and scratched. After cleaning it thoroughly to remove any grease or food residue I used a 220 grit sandpaper and gave the top a very light sanding. I followed this up with a couple of layers of fresh polyurethane. I then declared this table off limits for a week in order to make sure that the finish had plenty of time to cure. This simple one day project gave the table a bright and beautiful new life.
Finally, in order to add some accent to the head chairs, I made a simple lumbar pillow out a gray velvet I bought at the same time I bought the chair fabric. With an elegant silver fringe, the pillows add a touch of glam.
Come back later this week when I share my favorite addition to this room, a new sideboard that has undergone an amazing transformation in the past couple of weeks.