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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Before and After Kitchen Table Chairs

In the world of DIY, there's nothing as quick and rewarding as recovering the cushions of dining chairs. I scooped up these vintage Thomasville chairs on Craigslist a few weeks ago and their white vinyl seats were just begging for a makeover. I finally had time to get to it this week...


Of course, even with the easiest DIY projects, something is bound to be a challenge. First off, the white vinyl seat cushions were an absolute bear to remove...white vinyl on chairs for decades practically adheres itself to the wood. It took ALL of my strength to pry the cushions off using a screwdriver as a wedge! And then removing the white vinyl from the seats- adhered with a zillion staples- another fun task.

Then setback #2...I somehow messed up and cut the fabric about an inch too small to cover the seats and had to start all over again. Finally I got the right size and was on my way to a quick recovering project.


This project called for my trusty staple gun...


 And here we are with seats recovered in my Thiebaut fabric. Of course, the chair frames still need to be painted white rather than off white...but that's another project once I get around to finding a painter.

 Coming up next...drapes in the same fabric as the cushions. And a new chandelier to replace the generic one my apartment came with? But my fave thing in this picture- it is finally spring and the tree outside my window is growing purple blossoms!

Happy spring...any DIY projects on your horizon?

15 comments:

Julie said...

Amazing Craigslist find! I can't wait to see what they look like repainted.

Chic Geek said...

Absolutely LOVE! Great job :)

Lacquered Life said...

I have a faux bamboo chair with cane back and seat that is dying for a cushion and a paint job! I cannot wait to do it! - check out my post on Iman for some of the fabric ideas! - p.s. your chairs look fab. Great find on craigslist.

Lisa said...

I have the same chairs! Mine were also a craigslist find. (If only I had a storage unit; that woman's basement was a treasure trove.) I like the Thiebaut fabric you covered yours in. Looks good!

Ashley said...

Perfect transformation!! So light and airy!

Vickie H. said...

OMG! Love those chairs! What a wonderful Craig's List FIND!!!!

central bark designs said...

LOVE THOSE CHAIRS. I'm looking for something similar for our cottage upstate. Finally decided on the IKEA table that looks just like the one in your apt. Now if I could just find the right chairs. Oh Craig - don't let me down!

Camila said...

So pretty. I went to school in DC so I must agree with you. The cherry blossoms are beautiful!

Love the fabric you went with. Beautiful.

Totally know what you mean about a project not being as easy as expected.

Last night I slide my bed over to finally add an extension cord and plug in my husbands nightstand lamp and bam I broke one of the legs on our bed and it slammed to the floor.

I then had to pick up the broken leg and head downstairs to show my husband what I did.

Thankfully he thought it was funny.

:)

Southern Princess said...

I just adore anything bamboo wood! Projects for the Spring...well we were going to build a covered deck for our house, we have a walkout basement so the deck is about 12-15 feet in the air. Its a large undertaking, so we have decided to put it off for a year and travel to California instead! xoxo

ArchitectDesign™ said...

wow - looking great -not sure you need to even paint them white,they look ok in cream. Have you thought about painting them black for contrast? or maybe blue?

Anonymous said...

I had that exact same Thomasville chair(came with a matching bedroom set) and spray painted it red. It's pretty easy to spray..if you don;t want to mess with finding a painter.

Nicole said...

They do look great - and I totally understand how excited you are about seeing the signs of spring from your window! It's why I am in complete denial about the snow in DC's forecast this weekend....

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Great redo!! I love bamboo chairs and the fabric you chose works brilliantly with them!

Brianna said...

the new fabric looks great!! I have a lot of projects lined up, my daughter will be moving into a big girl bed and a completely different bedroom so I have to paint the furniture for it as well as decorate the whole room, and put together a nursery for baby #2. If it's a girl we will keep my daughters nursery pretty much the same, just add a few touches to make it hers. I also have about 4 other pieces of furniture to paint on top of that so it will be a busy spring/summer for me!

Danielle {freshquince} said...

Ha...you beat me to those beauties! Heehee, seriously great find and love the fabric you chose...absolute perfection!

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