If you read my blog regularly you know I change things up and around quite often.
Or repaint … or whatever.
So when I told my husband I wanted to change the fabric on the chairs in the dining room and make new “no sew” curtains he was not surprised.
Even though it was only last year that I found and made over the chairs I have currently. ( they were $35 in all so not too big a deal, you can read about them here)
And when I told him I would just find some “new” ones and redo those instead of changing out the fabric on the chairs I already had…..
…he was not surprised.
Because, you know, I do change my mind quite often and I may like to go back to those chairs/curtains at some point. I’m sure of it actually.
By the way, “not surprised” might or might not be the same thing as not happy. ;)
He was not thrilled, let’s just say. heh heh But not surprised.
So off I went on my hunt for “new” chairs…and I found some on Craigslist that would do.
Not fabulous but not bad. They were cheap and they would satisfy my need for a little change up.
And I really liked the sleek look of them. (especially compared to my current caned back chairs)
That’s the fabric I chose laying on the table. I found it at Hancock Fabrics in the clearance bin.
Enough to make new curtain panels and cover the chairs for less than $25. Can’t beat it.
Plus, the colors in the fabric are yellow, teal and coral. Perfect.
I painted the table and china cabinet in the dining room with a custom blend of latex paint. I painted my other caned back dining chairs in Old White Chalk Paint® and it ended up matching pretty well. (seen below)
Since some of the chairs were pretty beat up, wood was chipped, scraped, etc., I decided to paint them.
I originally wanted to keep some of the wood element but it just didn’t work out.
So I went with Chalk Paint®…..and a paint brush.
Yep….and that lasted until I got to about here…..
….that’s when I realized I was done. No, not done, done. Just done.
I hadn’t finished painting all the chairs AND I still needed to go over with another coat.
I couldn’t do another brush stroke. This paint loving girl?
Yep, that’s right and not my proudest painting moment….no, but I am laying it all out here for you.
I highly dislike painting chairs. Ok. I dislike it tremendously. One I can do….more than one…no.
So I resorted to this….
I know, what a cop out. But I wanted to let you all know because I believe in full disclosure. ;)
And don’t think that was a cake walk either. It was a pain trying to cover that dark wood nice and evenly.
I won’t be wanting to change out the chairs again anytime soon. I can tell you that!
And to top it off, I personally do not like to work too much around spray paint and such.
Small projects, yes, large ones? No.
So here’s how that went…..
I went outside and sprayed, sprayed, sprayed…holding my breath all the while.
Ran back in the house like a mad woman to catch my breath. (picture that now, why don’t you?) Over and over and over again.
I’m not sure I saved myself any work? I did get some exercise though. ;)
Anyway, they did get finished….and even turned out pretty well considering.
Paint and new fabric really make a big difference, right?
By the way, that paint color is Valspar Churchill Hotel Vanilla and matches everything else really well. Thank goodness.
A little bit of distressing and I sealed them all with a quick spray of this….
You guys get a little sneak peek of the built in we are building over to the left there in the Study. :)
Lots to do still. But it is coming along.
You can also see the curtain panels on the window I made for this room to match the chairs.
No sew, of course!!
I don’t sew but I’ve never let that hold me back.
Here is a post for another set of curtain panels I made for my family room for less than $40. (with a full tutorial, if you are interested)
I made a super simple valance, napkins and place mats for the table in this post here.
Bottom – I measured and cut accordingly so they would just skim the floor….
I have them “clipped” at the top with rings because I like that look but I did “no sew” in a hem that I can put a rod through if I ever change my mind.
Like that would ever happen. Ha! Me, change my mind….never.
No really, I always account for that. Usually.
Anyway, that’s the “new do” for the dining room. A little change up. A little bit of a new look.
And I’m really loving it. It’s a little less “french country-ish” and a little more traditional with the plaid style fabric.
And who can argue changing up your dining room…..with new curtains AND chairs for less than $100 total? I can’t.
Do you like to change things up and around in your home every so often too?
If so, what have you done in yours recently?
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