About 12 months ago, I was in the process of moving into a new house. This process meant that I was spending a lot of time reading the Design*Sponge website, and dreaming about how I wanted my new house to look. For example, I loved the colour-coordinated book shelves and the painted dining chairs. I love the Design*Sponge aesthetic, and have a particular soft spot for the DIY before and after projects.
So, feeling all inspired, I bought a set of 4 vintage dining chairs from the Belmont markets, early one Sunday morning. They were a lovely shape, had a wooden frame, and easily removable upholstered seat cushions.
- had an unexpectedly free weekend; and
- noticed the chairs! (By this time, the chairs had been sitting there so long that they had just become part of the furniture, and I walked past them multiples times every day without thinking “oh, I must finish them!”).
So, over the course of a weekend, I sanded back the chairs to remove what was left of the old, chipped varnish. I then took a trip to Bunnings to purchase a (large) tester pot of British Paints’ “Red Alert” paint. I applied multiple coats of the paint to the chairs and allowed them to dry.
Over the next week, I removed the approximately 60 million (hey, I said it was approximate) staples that were holding the old, worn-out granny fabric to the seats. I also shopped for some red and white fabric to reupholster the chairs. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything that I liked (read: anything even vaguely modern in the colour scheme I wanted) in the shops I visited here in Perth. In the end, I ordered 1 metre of this beautiful medium-heavy weight cotton online with my *fingers crossed* that the red of the fabric would match the red of the chairs. It did!
After purchasing new foam for the seat, I stretched and pulled and got the fabric to hang over the seat, just as I wanted it to… and the STAPLE GUN WAS #GO! Once the seats were reupholstered, I just had to screw them back into place in the frames (this was more difficult than it should have been as I hadn’t thought to mark which seat matched which frame *dammit*).
Ultimately I was thrilled by the way the chairs finished up! I really love the bright red of the chairs against the aqua walls in my kitchen/dining area. This is my favourite colour combination at the moment!