Monday, January 14, 2013

DIY: My Dining Set Makeover on Houzz

I'm so excited to share my latest article for
Its a DIY story about my dining room chair makeover!

From the article:
When my husband and I bought our Dallas ranch house, we also became the owners of a dining set the previous owners had left behind. It wasn't our style, but it was sturdy and comfortable, and as my dad says, "Love the one you're with." After living with the hand-me-down dining set for three years, I was ready for a budget-friendly upgrade. Here's how I took my dining chairs from blah to bold one weekend.

Tools and materials needed:
  • Staple gun
  • 3/8-inch staples
  • Screwdriver or drill
  • Spray can of B-I-N Shellac-Base Primer (I used two cans for four chairs)
  • Spray paint in your chosen color. (I used two cans of glossy Apple Red from Rust-Oleum to refinish four chairs)
  • Spray can of polyurethane clear gloss topcoat
Seat cushion materials:
  • Box of tea to stain upholstery fabric (I used 10 bags of Earl Grey)
  • about 1/2 yard fabric of your choice per cushion, depending on seat size
  • Plastic bucket, sink or soaking tub

Again, from the article:
I love the look of script, so I chose this typographic fabric from Ikea. I covered five cushions using less than 3 yards of fabric. The fabric was too white for my dining room, so I altered the color with a simple tea stain.


Ta da! I love the bright red chairs against our dark dining rooms walls. All in all, the job was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I can't believe I waited so long to paint and reupholster them. If you've got some old chairs that need a lift, don't wait!  Find a bright color you love and go to town!

Click HERE to read the full article 
and get all the details about my dining chair upgrade!


Loretta Fontaine (EcoHappy Blog) said...

Sarah-What a beautiful job you did - what a fun, colorful and gutsy dining room you have now. The librarian chairs let down their hair, for sure! The colors are fantastic.

I have a thrift mismatch set of chairs in the basement waiting for their moment... And six matching hideous oak chairs in my dining room waiting to head to Habitat Restore where I hope someone might give them the love I do not have for them. (The matching oak table can stay.)

Your tutorial is very clear and I am coming back to it when I get ready for my chair product.

Really, really nice!


Belle de Ville said...

Great post.
The red chairs are fabulous.

Appletree said...


Keia said...

Love, love, love this. Awesome.
I was never a "red" person, but I am totally loving this.

Karena said...