Sunday, August 10, 2014

Dining Room Chair Revamp

So I am one of those people that uses my dining room maybe once or twice a year.  But I still really really like having a 'formal' dining room.  Plus, let's be real it's really just another excuse to decorate with lots of shades of blue and store my blue glass collection :)

My dining room table and chairs were a house warming gift from my parents (side note next month will be my SEVEN year anniversary in my house...crazzzzy)

The chairs and table are actually more bar-height which is good since I'm tall (5'9").  The chairs were covered in an off-white microsuede.  Which is perfectly fine but I wanted to jazz them up...

You may remember I was sourcing fabric a while back and captured this Instagram photo:

Well, I chose this fabric - Waverly Marin Matelasse Sailor  It's funny because it's the fabric I fell in love with first but I still ordered $30 worth of fabric samples to make sure...well at least I have them next time I want to source fabric.  

Now you know when you're on websites and they say 'you might also like' well I usually don't like the things they pick out that they're sure I'd like...but they just showed this fabric and I love would be great for a blanket/throw (Mom if you're reading this...your sewing skills are much better than mine):

Anyway, back to my dining room chairs :)

So, I removed the chair pads and used them as a guide to cut the fabric.  I didn't remove the original fabric or cushion, they're in great shape.  I just pulled the fabric around and stapled in place.  

Now, here's where it got tricky...unfortunately since I used upholstery-weight fabric (which I definitely would recommend for durability) the screws aren't reaching to the wood under the chair we had to upgrade the screws (longer and wide to really grab into the wood).  Consult an expert here if you're not sure (my expert=my father). 

Anyway, I love how they turned out.  I know black/dark blue (plus the greeney-blue on my accent walls and drapes) - isn't a color combination that works for everyone...but it does for me :)

One more shameless shot of my blue glass with the light shining through it:

While we're in the dining room I also wanted to share that we hung the antique wood pediment that I found with my Mom at the Country Living Fair 2014.

Here you can see the before of what the colors looked like and then after I cleaned and oiled the wood:

Yes, there is a crack...the joys of owning an old house :)  Better get out the spackle!

Now I feel like this wall has way too much going on so I'm thinking about scaling back...

BTW, we hung the pediment using the corner brackets, just screw one side into the wood leaving the small bit of metal showing and then use that to screw into the wall.

Have you finished up any DIY projects lately? My to-do list keeps growing it seems :)

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