My Kitchen Table Makeover – Easily Recover Chairs

Moving into my first house, I realized how little furniture we really had and how expensive it can be to furnish. Right now I’m trying to focus on buying things we don’t already own, and refreshing the hand-me-downs we do have. On my agenda today, our kitchen table!

Our total kitchen can only be described as BEIGE. As in beige walls, countertops, floors, and even appliances (until we eventually upgrade). I’m trying to bring in some color and life through prints, fabrics, and plants until I can add a little depth with the permanent surfaces.

We have a kitchen table which is in pretty good condition. It’s a hand-me-down, but the fabric on the chairs has definitely seen better days. I’m sure it could be cleaned to look better, but the dinginess and color (yep, beige), was a makeover project I was willing to take on.

It’s actually quite easy to give an old chair, bench, or ottoman a completely new look by simply recovering them with new fabric…and this method doesn’t require sewing because it’s just the seat! I admit this was my first attempt at recovering a chair using a staple gun, but seriously it was super easy. Even if you don’t have a DIY bone in your body, I’m sure you could pull this off. Here’s how….

First, figure out how much yardage you need and where you want the pattern to fall on the seat. I think I accounted for 1 yard per seat (taking the pattern into account), but I also found this handy pattern yardage calculator you could use.

Next, the tools to do the job. You can find a staple gun at any home improvement store, and the fabric I picked out was an HGTV Home fabric called Turtle Shell found at Joann Fabric. It’s on sale too! I know it’s a little loud, but I knew it would definitely liven up the space.

Style Trials Kitchen Chair Makeover Tools HGTV fabricHere’s the table before:

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First, unscrew the seats from the base. I ended up using a power drill to unscrew because the screwdriver wasn’t strong enough.

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Next, place the seat upside down on top of the fabric, taking into account where you want the pattern to be centered on the seat. You can leave the existing fabric on the seat and work around it. Leave at least a 4″ border around the seat and cut out your square.

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Pull the fabric tight around the edges, leaving the corners lose. I found it was easiest to start at the top (stapling multiple times across the length of the seat), then pull from the opposite side (bottom). The repeat the other sides until it looks like this….

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Next is the trickest part. The corners. You want to make sure you pull these really tight to get a finished look. Start by pulling the fabric in closer from the edges towards the corner, and stapling in place. Then take the remaining fabric and fold like the picture below, and pull extremely tight. Then staple in place as well.

*Note, you may need to cut off some excess fabric to make this easier. If you have too much fabric, it will be bulky, harder to pull tight, and harder to staple.*

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The finished back should look like this…

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And the front like this!

Style Trials Recovering Chairs 7Next, screw the seats back on, and voilà! Checkout the before and afters!

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What do you think of the finished results? Have you ever recovered anything using a staple gun?


Making a Happy Kitchen Window Plant with Miracle-Gro

With my love of painting and art, I grew up watching Bob Ross paint “happy little trees.” Now that I have a home, I realize that plants really do make a space feel more cheerful. I love the idea of bringing the outdoors in, which is very feng shui.

In my kitchen I still have the old window valance hung from the previous owner, but will be sewing my own soon. In the meantime, I wanted something pretty and green to add to the kitchen window sill. I stumbled upon these pretty ferns and succulents while shopping at IKEA, as well as this long, white jar. Everything was relatively cheap too. I think this total project cost me about $15 for the plants and vase, and they had a bunch of different plant pot options. If you don’t have an IKEA near you, these mini plants, succulents, and even cacti, are in season right now at home improvement stores like Lowe’s. This sat on my window looking quite messy, until I finally decided to actually plant the mini plants together.

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Luckily, I didn’t have to buy soil as I had a free sample of Miracle-Gro stored in my garage. To be exact, it was the Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n GRO concentrated planting mix, courtesy of Scotts. I dumped it in my jar, then added water. In my pictures below, once I added water you can literally see the plant mix expanded up to 3X’s the amount I started with. So cool! Another benefit is it holds up to 50% more water than basic potting soil, meaning less watering/maintenance for me.

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After the soil expanded, I made holes where I wanted to put my plants. I removed the plants from the jars they came in, but retained the soil around it. Then I planted them in the holes, covered with a little more Miracle-Gro, and that was that! The plants are still thriving, and making every “dish washing day” happier.

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If you want to get really crafty, try painting your own flower pot like I did in this paint-pot tutorial.

I’d love to hear your comments. How do you make your house happier?

 


Kitchen Plan with Stainless Steel and Moen

This post brought to you by Moen, Incorporated. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’ve been trying to piece the new house together which has been a painfully slow work in progress. My problem is, I can easily make decisions for other people, but when it’s for myself I have to exhaust every option. *Sigh,* my poor husband. 🙂

With that, I’ve been researching and checking out a lot of cool products. I know I want to eventually redo my kitchen which is dated 10+ years, and am thinking new counter tops (probably granite), new appliances (hopefully sooner than later…the dishwasher is practically broken!), and a new sink with a really cool faucet. My kitchen is just very standard, but adding these elements would make it look a lot better, plus increase the value to my home – overall a win, win!

I’ll be getting stainless steel appliances which will hopefully update the look of my cabinets without having to redo those too, and want a matching faucet. My concern with stainless is usually the fingerprints, because that’s something I think will seriously annoy me. Does anyone have a good solution for that?

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Well, I actually found a pretty nice kitchen faucet by a great brand, Moen, which is fingerprint resistant! The Kiran Spot Resist one-handle pulldown kitchen faucet would definitely add a sleek, modern look to my kitchen, and I like the high arc design.

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The features are pretty cool too.

  • Fingerprint and water spot resistant…yes!
  • Pulldown spout has 2 spray functions (aerated stream of a more powerful cleaning rinse with pause feature
  • Relex system – makes a smooth operation, easy movement, and secure docking

Not too shabby! Plus, the Kiran Spot Resist one-handle pulldown kitchen faucet can easily be purchased at Lowe’s. Make sure to checkout Moen on FB and @Moen on Twitter for more info and options.

How would you upgrade your kitchen, and how do you combat fingerprints/water spots on stainless steel?

 

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