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Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Quick Chair Makeover

I finally got around to painting my dining chairs black and I think they look so much better than the retro ivory color they were before.

But of course, once I did that, I realized the fabric on them was better suited for a light chair. There was just too much contrast.

After looking around for a fabric that was a little darker, I found this Robert Allen for Dwell Studio Snake Chain fabric. From afar, it looks like your usual large trellis pattern.

But up close you realize the trellis is made out of snakes. It's not for everyone, but I think it's pretty cool.

Recovering chair cushions like this is technically "easy" but that doesn't mean there isn't a lot of work involved. Most of you can probably do this type of thing in your sleep, but I figured I'd walk through it as a refresher. First you need to remove the old fabric from the cushion. Of course, I was cursing myself for using so many staples! 

I used a flathead screwdriver (for prying up the staples) and some pliers (for pulling them out).

Finally, I got all four cushions stripped down.

Next, cut out your new fabric to the shape of the cushion. Make sure that if you have a pattern, it's centered!

Next, get out the trusty staple gun. Secure one side, then the side directly opposite. Then, work on the other sides that face each other.

When you get to the corners, staple in close on each side, but then take that extra fabric and fold it in, sort of like wrapping a present.

Here's a finished one.

Pop it on the chair, and there you have it! I think the gray goes so much better with the darker chair, and ties in with the marble top on the Saarinen.

I'm also having drapes made in this fabric, so I'll share more of the finished result once I get those up! 

8 comments:

Haus and Home said...

Great tutorial especially for the corners! I definitely "pinned" that for future reference.

Jenny Castle Design said...

Love the re-do! And everything looks great with the tulip table, nice work!

Kim @ keller-creative said...

I love the dark chairs and darker fabric. The snake print is really cool.

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

The chairs look great...nice work! xx

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

They are gorgeous! Adore the snakes!!

Jan Jessup said...

This is a great fabric--SNAKE CHAIN in color Brindle--and unfortunately, it was discontinued last Fall by Robert Allen, so you may need to make alternate plans for the draperies.

The Dove color of SNAKE CHAIN is still available, however, either in stores at Calico Corners - Calico Home or online at calicocorners.com. Nice tutorial!

Lauren@BaylorSays... said...

Looks awesome! I REALLY want to find some new fabric for my chairs and undertake this...I'm so nervous. YOu make it look like a snap.

Anonymous said...

I would love to see the completed snake chain drapes. I'm thinking of doing the same and it would be nice to see what the finished product would look like!

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