It’s amazing what you can do with unconventional materials and some spray paint.

I’ve talked about the table, chairs, and matching hutch we bought from the seller of the house and how I was slowly making it all over.

Hutch: done
Table: in transition
Chairs: now done!

This project level is easy and anyone could do it.

First, here’s the “lovely” chair that is getting a makeover:

diy dining room chair makeover

Before I spray painted all the chairs I took off the old cover seats and got them all lined up in the garage.

diy dining room chair makeover

I used the same paint that I used on the corner hutch so they would match, but in a spray paint instead of a regular paint.

diy dining room chair makeover

I needed about 6-7 cans to do multiple coats on 6 chairs. I did multiple coats because I did not sand, plus I needed a lot to fill in the oak grain. The chairs feel good and solid. I was a little worried with the multiple coats it would just peel off like when you do too many coats of nail polish…but it seems to just soak on in!

To cover the chairs I used another drop cloth. Man, I love these things. A drop cloth has proven to be so handy. It’s worked for a love seat cover, curtains in a bathroom (picture to come), and now these chair covers. Plus, there is just so much left after you use them. It’s great!

All you need are scissors, a staple gun, and staples. Plus whatever you’re covering the chair with.

diy dining room chair makeover

diy dining room chair makeover

I’m not a professional reupholster-(er?) so this isn’t some professional tutorial. However, I found it really easy. I just laid down the chair cover, cut around it with some extra room, and stapled it.

diy dining room chair makeover

The only “hard” part is getting the corner to look right, but I found it’s just like wrapping a present!

Screw the new chair cushions back on and voila!

diy dining room chair makeover

 

diy dining room chair makeover

This dining room is really shaping up!

It’s really close to being my dream french country dining room. I have a chandelier that I ordered online, but it might be too small for the space. But we’ll see when the table is done. Which brings me to the table! My wonderful husband is making me a farmhouse french country table and it’s almost done. Now I have to decide what finish it should have and I’m torn.

diy farmhouse table

the very start

These are the two table finishes I can’t decide upon:

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I really like this weathered finish but I’m afraid the dining room would stand out way too much for being so white because the rest of my house has more red and brown colors.

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Then there’s this table with a darker top and lighter bottom. This could balance out the colors more but I can’t decide! Ideas? Opinions?

Almost done!

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8 Comments

  1. Renee

    January 20, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Wow those chairs look good! I didn’t realize drop clothes were so versatile.
    Both finishes look good, I like the second look better but they are both nice.

  2. Renee

    January 20, 2016 at 4:47 am

    And wow… how sweet your hubs is making the table!

  3. Bailey

    January 21, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    I agree with Renee, the second finish is stunning!
    Also I am SO impressed with your chairs! You always had an amazing eye and knew how to get things done. Beautiful!

  4. Amy Weber

    January 22, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Show some pictures of the table and chairs in context: show looking towards the back door, looking towards the window, looking towards the fireplace into the living room, etc so we can get a feel for the whole space. Especially if you could take one that shows the dining room and the living room, that would help!

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