Use paint, a little sanding and some patience to get a new, revived dining table set.
Last week, I shared how I revived an old buffet console table with a little sanding and paint. Today, I’m sharing the matching dining table and chairs. See how using a little paint, lots of cleaning and sanding gave me a revived dining table set.
Like the buffet console, the table and chairs were also in pretty poor condition.
I had to do A LOT of cleaning because the crevices inside the chairs were so filled with grime and dirt. The fabric was old and outdated too. Basically, these 6 chairs really needed some lovin.
NOT my favorite part of DIY. But, I really did see the potential it had. The bonus was that it had cushions and our previous chairs were hard and uncomfortable after sitting for a long period of time. My butt is happier now and I believe so are my guests’ behinds.
When reupholstering chairs, flip them over and unscrew all the screws. The cushion should fall right off. I usually use my drill because it’s a lot faster than using a screwdriver. Place your fabric on the floor and put the cushion on top like the above photo. Make sure you leave enough room to cover the entire cushion. Pull tout to staple the fabric against the cushion bottom. Work around and carefully to pull the fabric in especially around the corners. Work slowly to get all the edges in nice and clean. You don’t want any saggy fabric as it will look cheap and unprofessional. It’s DIY but you don’t actually want it to appear DIY! Ya get me?
Look how beautiful she turned out! She’s brand spankin new with two coats of white chalk paint and fabric. When using stripes or a certain pattern, make sure it looks good where you want it before stapling in the edges. People have been known to staple patterns upside down on the chairs only to discover this after it’s flipped over again. And by people, I mean me. Ha!
The table also got two coats of paint after I sanded it down on some areas. I don’t have a before photo but just imagine, it was dingy and old like it’s matching chairs.
Here are some of the chairs today. I forgot to mention that the fabric I used is actually a cloth shower curtain! It was enough to cover all 6 chair cushions. I love the ticking stripe and it adds a farmhouse touch to this French cottage inspired dining room.
Remember my $11 filler flower arrangement from the other day? So cheap!
A couple of these chairs are in the dining room and a couple are in the breakfast area. Both tables have benches and I like to mix them up a bit. I play musical chairs so you will always see them in different places when you come over.
The chairs are casual and comfortable which make for a necessary combination in the breakfast area. This breakfast table is another DIY transformation I did a while back.
Hope this inspires you that sometimes a little patience, work and dedication will give you great rewards! I have reupholstered so many different chairs and it’s amazing how different a chair will look with different fabric or paint. It really gives it new life. What do you think about my revived dining table set? If you have an old set sitting in your space, try painting and reupholstering it instead of buying completely new furniture. You may just love it more than ever.
Thanks for reading, friends!
Let all that you do be done in Love. 1 Corinthians 16:14