What to do when you don’t want to paint your dining room chairs, but you don’t love them as is:
But every once and a while there is furniture you’re hesitant to change so dramatically. I always have to laugh when purists get downright upset when you put paint to wood. On occasion you will take a verbal beating on some websites if you showcase a piece of painted furniture! People are serious about the situation. I usually say to each his own and you can always strip furniture back down to the wood, right? Lately though the purist in me has been rearing it’s head and I’ve found myself wondering what to do for a change when you don’t want to paint your furniture?
I really like our dining room furniture, but I am a little tired of all the wood. It’s just to much. BUT…I don’t feel strongly enough to commit to painting it. So I decided to come up with an alternative solution!
Easy little chair covers completely change the look in a heartbeat.
There are a few reasons I am loving this change up.
First: They are easy to make. Simply measure the width of your chair and decide on the length. Cut two pieces of fabric. Be sure to make the cover wide enough that it easily slips on and off, not to tight. Turn right sides together and sew, much like making a pillow case. Turn right side out and iron your seams for a professional looking finish. This idea is universal. If your chair has a curved back try laying the chair down and trace it as a pattern.
Second: They are fun to change up for holidays or seasons. You can add a variety of trims, finishes or monograms to make them unique. Using fabric glue I secured this little stretch of sparkle for added glam to the chair cover.
Third: When most people add fabric to a chair they go for the cushion/seat area. I have done this multiple times, but it is always hard to find a perfect fit for your chair. The shape is off, if they don’t tie on they slip. Even if they do tie on they slip. Grubby hands seem to use them as a napkin at my house. They quickly become an eye sore. With a back cover they stay put and my children don’t even know they are there! WIN!Fourth: I don’t have to paint my furniture to get a whole new look! When I grow tired of this look it will be easy to move on to the next.
So if you find yourself in a similar situation of wanting a non-permanent change to your dining or breakfast room table try this out and let me know what you think.
The dining room is coming along…just a few more little projects. If you’d like to see the progress, check out the painting and damask antique mirror makeovers! Do you have other ideas on how NOT to paint furniture? I’d love to hear them!
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