Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Have a Seat

One of the easiest facelifts I've done recently has to be our dining room chairs. It literally took me about 30 minutes to finish all four chairs, and that's with a baby competing for my attention. For such a quick fix, it makes a huge difference. I LOVE the fabric on these chairs! It's the one of the Amy Butler fabrics I used for this project, called Kasbah in Persimmon from her Lark collection. To start, I simply removed the seat by unscrewing the four screws under the base.

Once I had the seat removed, I cut a square of fabric leaving a few inches on each side to wrap around to the back of the seat.

After stapling the fabric taught on all sides, I screwed the seat back onto the chair. Tip: Staple the center of each side first to keep the fabric from pulling or becoming uneven.

It's such a simple change, but it makes a huge impact. I'm still figuring out how I want to proceed with the rest of the chair. Right now it matches perfectly with the wood trim on the kitchen counters. Since the dining room and kitchen are one open area, it makes the two spaces a bit more cohesive. However, I'm not a lover of wood on anything but floors, so I'm sure this won't last long. I may paint them a bright color like this, and keep the table a natural stain for a fun look. Or maybe I'll go a more uniform route and stain the table and chairs like this. Or maybe go for an elegant look with bright white and dark stain, like this. I'll take my time to decide until I am decidedly in love with one option. For now, I am happy with my instant perk-up job. Not bad for a few minutes of my time, eh?

xoxo, Saybher

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