When I first got my dining set, this was the fabric that was on the cushion. I have nothing against floral, but this certainly wasn't my taste even ten years ago.
One day, back in the day, I went to JoAnn's an perused the Home Dec fabrics. Very different than the original, and very safe but much better than before!
As you can see over the years the fabric wore out and ripped. We eat dinner at the table 90% of the time. Even though the table has become my 'studio' and my machine is firmly set up 100% of the time, we still use it for nearly every meal. It can be a pain in the butt, and I don't much like having to clean up my space...since I took it over, I guess it's the least I can do!
The first step was to take the worn and ripped layer off. The hardest part was carefully taking out the staples. I used a screw driver and pliers to pop them out, but all the while I was being so careful! Last thing I needed was another accident!
What did I settle on for the new fabric? A couple months ago my daughter Britt and I went through her fabrics. I think she had an entire tote full of Home Dec fabrics, most of which she gave to me. Among her stash were 2 pieces of Anna Maria Horner Drawing Room.
There was just enough of the top color to finish the four side chairs and the bottom color would work for the two end chairs.
I stretched, pulled, folded and stapled. Over and over and over again. The back ended up looking like a hot mess, but really who will see that?!
With the first one under my belt, I was on a roll. Five more to go...
Modern fabric on not so modern chairs?! Let's just call it eclectic!
Keeping it centered was my main goal.
I think they turned out pretty good!
By the end of the day each chair had a miraculous makeover. It was easier to put off for months (years) instead of dealing with it, a lesson I learn over and over again.
I will say between removing the staples and using the staple gun was hard work! My hands and wrists were feeling it by chair number four!
I'll take thread over staples any day! It sure was a nice change and something completely different to do.
Have you ever reupholstered anything? Do you like it? I'm sticking to once every ten years and only chair cushions!