After living with my dining chairs for quite a while with the black chenille seat covers it was time for a change. I wanted to go lighter. Brighter. Happier!

I bought the chairs at the Farmington Antiques Show about 15 years ago. I had been looking for chairs for a while when my Mom spotted them and I fell in love instantly. I loved the beautiful warm wood, the curves, the elegance. The seat cushions were fine and wore very well through Brian’s growing up. One morning in a rush to school a bowl of Cream of Wheat was upended on one of the cushions…I think some of that cereal was still embedded in the fabric when I ripped it off last week.

I found this beautiful BHG modern graphic floral at JoAnn Fabrics. I’ve been to this store maybe 4 or 5 times in my life and every time the upholstery fabrics have been 50% off. I also bought some cotton batting so there wouldn’t be any show though of the under cushion.  (BTW, a yard and a half of fabric will cover 4 chairs) A new Stanley staple gun, an Office Depot staple remover and a hammer was all I needed tool wise.


Ignore the online videos that show you can recover a chair in about 5 minutes. It takes longer than that if you do it right. I removed the old cover, cleaned the chair, vacuumed the cushion, measured the fabric and then started stapling. It took me back to my art school days stretching canvas. Start in the middle, go to the opposite side and work your way to the corners.

I love the result! They look so fresh…I’m now looking around my house seeing what else I can attack with my staple gun and some fabric.

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