Saturday, January 16, 2010

Kitchen overhaul Part 2

In my last post I already talked about switching tables and adding storage, the next step was to was to make some changes to our seating.

I bought the chairs and the table as a matching set 4 years ago. I honestly didn't like the look of it, but I was a college freshman and didn't have a whole lot of money to spend. I got it for 90 bucks and that worked for me, so I chose to ignore the fact that I hated orange - the color in which the chairs were upholstered.

Once I owned the chairs, I quickly discovered that they weren't very comfortable and that they attracted dust and cat hair like crazy. I guess that was due to the weird fabric they were upholstered with. I've cleaned them once a week ever since, but it was a pretty pointless chore with two black cats who loved to sleep on those chairs. So this is what they usually looked like when I cleaned them.

Eww that's all the dirt that accumulates during one week

A few days ago, I talked to my neighbor and told her how much I hated my chairs. She told me that she actually had two unused Ikea chairs in her basement and said that we could have them. Yay! So now we have two of these bad boys and two of our old chairs.

Then I decided that I wanted our old chairs to look better because they appeared downright crappy next to the Ikea chairs. I made the decision to upholster them with some new fabric after finding this tutorial on Young House Love, which incidentally is one of my favorite blogs. Go check them out NOW!

We went to Ikea to get this fun fabric and I got to work. First, I gathered everything I needed on the table and armed myself with my trusty staple gun.

Then I unscrewed the seat bottom, laid it out on the fabric and cut the fabric accordingly. Afterwards I made sure that everything was wrinle-free and that the pattern looked good, and then I got to stapling. The corners were the hardest part in this project and after I was done, I screwed the seat bottom back on. I snapped a quick before and after shot when I was done with the first chair and then I continued my work.

After finishing the second chair, I stood back and admired my work. I have to admit that I'm proud of it. It isn't perfect, but not too shabby for a first try. What do you guys think?


  1. CUTE! Love it! I'm going to go on my first upholstery endeavor very soon... I hope I find a fabric as cute as yours :-)

  2. WOW! LOVES it! The fabric makes the chairs look so modern and new!

  3. I love it. So much better than that orange. The absolutely love the fabric and I think you did a great job, looks beautiful.