Driving home from my local Home Depot one day, I spied this set of 5 beautiful dining chairs just sitting on the side of the road with a big sign…take me home, free!
I didn’t happen to need dining chairs so I just drove on by. A block later, I turn around, but those chairs were really nice, and they’re free! The best kind of price. I drive by again without stopping, because, once again, I really really don’t need more chairs.
I turn around again, after all, that would be the way home. Ok, seriously, I’m driving a sedan, not an SUV, or a minivan, 5 chairs will just not fit. I keep driving.
I get another block…will you be kicking yourself tomorrow if you let this great set of dining chairs go? Why yes, yes I would. Turn around again.
Alright, I’m gonna do it. Just to let you know, 5 chairs really don’t fit into a sedan, but I made it happen. Two sticking out of the trunk, 2 in the backseat and one in the passenger seat.
You know what my husband says when I get home…”we really don’t need more chairs.”
Well I know that, but they were free!…and they actually were in great shape. Somebody had taken care of these chairs over the years. There were a couple of breaks that had been mended really well, a couple of the seats had been rebuilt and they were still really sturdy…oh, and did I mention, free!?
The chairs have sat in my garage for several months but I finally got them out to give them their makeover. I know a lot of people will not like that I painted over beautiful wood with paint, but my dining room needed the white chairs. When we replaced our light gray wall to wall carpeting with hardwood flooring in the dining room several years ago, our dining room suddenly looked like a cave. The dark wood of the chairs, table and floor made the room feel really dark. A jute area rug brought a little lightness back but it was still really dark. I know I could paint the walls a brighter color but I still liked the color on the walls and it was in great shape.
Nobody ever told me that when I decided to upgrade to hardwood floors I would have to change all my furniture too. Be warned.
Back to the makeover…definitely needed more padding on these chairs. Using the existing seat traced the outline onto a 1 inch piece of foam and cut with scissors. I hear, an electric carving knife is the way to go for cutting foam, but not having one, scissors will do just fine.
Trim off the corners of the foam to give it a softer finished edge.
Cut a piece of batting a couple inches larger on all sides than you’re chair seat.
Use a couple of staples to hold the batting in place. Don’t have to do a thorough job just yet, since the staples from the material will hold everything down.
Last step for the chair seat is to cut a piece of fabric the same as you cut the batting, a couple of inches larger than the chair seat on all sides.
Make sure that if you have a pattern, it’s lined up on the seat, and you’re ready to start stapling. Work from the center of the seat out, alternating sides and pulling tight as you go.
For the chairs, I wanted a chippy paint finish.
Sanded down the chairs to give the paint something to adhere to.
Wherever I wanted the chipped paint look, applied dollop of vaseline…mostly just to the edges and where it might look like the paint got chipped away naturally.
Chairs were given a couple of coats of white spray paint. If you’re using the vaseline chippy method, spray paint is the way to go or the vaseline will get caught up in your brush.
Once the paint was dry, rub off the excess paint. You’ll be able to see where you applied the vaseline since it sticks out a bit.
Notice Grandma’s Sled Shelf in the above right hand corner?
The end chair is temporarily in the living room as an extra side chair until I can find one I like. Actually, I kind of like this one.
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