Obviously being a dedicated blogger is not something I’m capable of. Especially after moving in with boyfriend and his cat. And then adding a dog this last week. Yes, that’s right. Another beast.
Apologies for bragging about my adorable new puppy. Sorry, I’m not sorry. Anyway, as I continue to slowly get our place together, transition to living with a man, and oh yeah, aspire to be a DIY decorator without having bows on my walls, I decided a simple up-do (is that a hair term?) would be to fix our kitchen chairs. Chairs is the goal, I’ve only done one… but you know, it’s a plan. Here’s what you need for a fun new look:
- Paint – just buy a quarter gallon – indoor, with primer is lovely.
- Sand paper – if the chairs are already painted, get the medium grind. If they are basic unpainted food, the smoother paper is fine.
- A paint brush
- Staple fun
- Fabric of your choosing – make sure you buy enough. If you live in the city, I would recommend looking on Etsy for fabric… not too many places in DC. Make sure you buy enough!
- Scissors (cut your fabric)
First, you will want to wash and sandpaper down the chair – give it a clean, fresh feel. It will help making the paint go on smoother. At this time, if you can, unscrew the seat from the chair.
Then, you’re going to want to start painting. Make sure you shake and stir your paint to make it even. I recommend doing one basic coat, let it dry for 20 – 30 minutes, and then add another. I wanted a really bright, fun, summer color. Obviously
throw-up green chartreuse was the answer.
After your first coat, let the chair dry, and begin working on the reupholstery of the seat. As I mentioned, I purchased fabric from Etsy. Make sure your order enough to go around the top, and underneath where there needs to be enough to staple that baby down.
The key is to pull the fabric firmly around each side, to ensure there are no kinks or wrinkles in the fabric. The corners are tricky, I recommend treating it as if you are wrapping a present. Now, if you’re terrible at wrapping gifts, try something else. If you don’t have a staple gun, you can always nail in small hanging nails… but do consider buying a gun at Ace Hardware, they’re only like $30 and last forever. If not all of the staples go in completely (they can sometimes be a sucker), use a hammer to smooth them out.
Here you go! Mustaches!
After the first coat is dry, work on your second paint coat. Touch ups can always be done the next day, too. I recommend waiting 1-2 days after painting to ensure the paint is 100% dry before reattaching your seat.