So I hopped on the Pinterest Challenge bandwagon, which prompted me to complete a project I’ve been planning for quite a while: recovering dining room chairs with Dwell Studio Bella Porte Charcoal fabric.
The Pinterest challenge was brought to us this time around by Sherry, Katie, Emily, and Renee. The idea is to do your own spin on something you’ve pinned on Pinterest – less pin, more do. Here is my pinspiration:
The original pic is from a House Crashing done by Sherry (of the aforementioned Pinterest Challenge) last year, which you can see all about here. I love this chair! Actually, there’s lots more I love about this picture but decided to focus on the chair and spin it by using the charcoal version of the fabric to recover my dining room chairs. Here are my chairs as originally purchased from Pottery Barn many years ago.
Nice, but boring. So time to spice things up. The process was pretty simple, starting by unscrewing the chair seat from chair frame. Putting your chair on your table makes the seat removal job much easier.
Next, you can remove your old fabric, but I figured the likelihood of me screwing up this project as a first-time-chair-recoverer was pretty high so opted to keep the old fabric on the chairs as a backup plan. Then I ironed my new fabric so I had no wrinkles. Next step is to cut out your fabric so it has about 3-4 inches of overhang on all sides of the seat, making sure to center your pattern on each seat so that they all look the same – no one wants to sit on a wonky pattern, people. Pull out that measuring stick!
Then get busy with your stapler (an upholstery stapler, not the office kind). I found the best approach was to start at opposite sides of the seat so I could pull the fabric taut and then work my way toward the corners.
At the corners, fold the fabric so it is as tight and smooth as possible, then staple. A lot. Feel free to trim any extra fabric so it is right up close to the staples. Finally, do a little test fit on your chair frame and screw the seat back to the frame. And all done!
I think the chairs are a marked improvement – they make the old fabric chairs look naked.
I also think they go pretty well with my gray rug, black chair frames, and black dining table.
Now I just need to de-taupe these walls with some gray paint . . .
Anyone else recover chairs lately? Or use this fabric for a project? I know my fellow DIY-er Dria just got the same fabric in a couple of colors, so I am excited to see how she uses it! How about anyone else joining in the Pinterest Challenge? If so, feel free to share!