Monday, October 17, 2011

An Eccentric Burlap Chair Makeover

How was your weekend, friends?  Ours was good!  Husband was away, so there was a sleepover with a friend and her little one, a couple late nights and naps to make up for them, and spontaneous crafting revolving around my kitchen table chairs...

Back story: Fabric dining chairs are not for kids--or dogs.  So it wasn't long before I was embarrassed to even have guests sit at the table since on any day, there could be a stain, two or three waiting for them as they pulled out their chair.  Eww, right?  And the upholstery cleaner attachment--I'm still looking for that.  Regardless, the tan fabric covering the chairs had to go.
Much to my surprise and and excitement the seats screwed right off.
The set had been covered a couple times already, and since I didn't have the tools, and let's be honest--the time, I decided to cover the cushions right on top of the other fabric.

Insert fabric:
Collected burlap sacks. 
 Husband found one sack in the attic and the other two came from firewood
bundles on a camping trip.  I knew I could make use of them!
What's that I hear you say?  Yes, it is still "tan," but it's way more awesome!
Stapling six chairs will give you some serious wrist cramps, but the payoff is fantastic!
I've just decided to lay towels over the chairs when my sloppy kids sit in them.
A practical solution for what are impractical chairs for this little family.
Who wants to place bets on how long it takes for one to be completely ruined? 
I'm trying not to think about that.
Join me for dinner?

Time: 2 hours
Re-upholstery Cost: $0.00! 

Slowly but surely this place is coming together.
Good grief.
Now...if only this set was black...

xx, Cassie


Erin October 17, 2011 at 11:03 AM  

Spray paint.... They will be black in no time!! Cute!

It's me October 17, 2011 at 12:13 PM  

Great !!!!! wowwwwwww those chairs !!!

ShannonAnn October 17, 2011 at 12:20 PM  

Those chairs are absolutely perfect!

Cat October 17, 2011 at 12:38 PM  

They turned out amazing ... can't believe that this only took you 2hrs!

♥ Cat brideblu

photography by suzanne October 17, 2011 at 1:24 PM  

Oh my gosh! They are so cute! My dining chairs look somewhat like yours. I bought some French fabric months ago, to redo mine too. I am hoping my seats just screw off too. I love the burlap, but it is kind of pricey when you buy the authentic sacks. I can't wait to get started! You are so inspiring!

Loredana October 17, 2011 at 2:20 PM  

What's for dinner? loll I LOVE IT! I've been dying to reupholster my chairs and now that i see how easy it was I may just do that on a day my mom takes the little one. Who ever thought white/tan chair covers was a good idea with kids (or adults, who we kidding?)

Burlap sacks huh? Hmm...sure my husbands got some lying around somewhere. Awesome job!

Connie October 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM  

I agree with Erin, Cass! Just unscrew the seats again from the chairs and spray paint away. You could weather (sand) them a little bit on the edges or not. Voila! A whole new set of chairs!

Amanda October 17, 2011 at 4:23 PM  

I love them!

Anonymous October 17, 2011 at 9:21 PM  

I just bought fabric to do the same thing! (It was only $16 :) ) The only problem is how do I keep the girls from ruining the new fabric? (Your towel tick never seemed to work for us.) Maybe I should just use black fabric instead?

Dottie October 20, 2011 at 3:15 PM  

LOVE them!! Nice work!!

Shantel S. October 24, 2011 at 4:56 AM  

Your chairs look amazing! I have been trying to get some motivation to unscrew my chairs and do the same! (The fabric has been on the table mocking me for a good 2 months now.)Nice work!

MountainMama November 8, 2011 at 9:10 AM  

LOVE them!

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