$2 Repurposed Tablecloth Kitchen Chairs Makeover


For the past few months I've been giving my kitchen a low budget, practically no budget, makeover.
Kitchen chairs and table before
Kitchen chairs and table before
With the new aqua with red accents colour scheme my table and chairs no longer fit it. It was time for a much needed makeover.
2 repurposed tablecloth kitchen chairs makeover
This type of chair has a seat that's easily removeable from underneath with just a screwdriver.
2 repurposed tablecloth kitchen chairs makeover
The 60" round cotton blend tablecloth that I found at a thrift store for $2 makes it easy to use the pattern on the diagonal rather that as a straight check. To do this just fold the fabric into a quarter of itself and simply place the seat like above.
2 repurposed tablecloth kitchen chairs makeover
Cut the fabric leaving enough for stapling. No measuring required. If you have excess fabric it can just be cut when the stapling is all done. I was lucky that the old fabric wasn't too thick so I didn't have to remove it. This saved me a ton of time.
2 repurposed tablecloth kitchen chairs makeover
To staple the fabric start with the centre of each side pulling tight, but not too tight as you staple. When you have a staple in each side turn the seat over to make sure it looks good. This is the time to fix it if it doesn't because removing a few staples isn't a big deal. If all is ok make your way out from the centres to the corners, pulling and stapling, pulling and stapling.
2 repurposed tablecloth kitchen chairs makeover
Here's what it looks like all stapled.
To see my detailed tutorial with photos for how to finish the corners like a pro check it out using the link at the end of this post.
2 repurposed tablecloth kitchen chairs makeover
One seat down and three to go.
2 repurposed tablecloth kitchen chairs makeover
I painted my chairs with the same diy mixed paint colour that I used on the kitchen china cabinet, which is a mixture of the kitchen cabinet aqua and the white wall colour. Both were water based paint and primer combos.
Because the chairs had already been painted I didn't need to sand.
2 repurposed tablecloth kitchen chairs makeover
Painting the chairs took far longer than recovering the seats. Because of the dark burgundy colour it took 3 coats of the light aqua.
My chair seats took about two hours, and I'm really glad that I went with the diagonal pattern. It just gives it another dimension of fun I think.
My kitchen table also got a makeover. To see what the chairs look like with the new table follow the link for this post.

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  • Ardale
    on May 7, 2017

    Beautiful aqua color just not sure I could take that much of it early in the morning! Also not sure your floor goes well with your new aqua color scheme now. Love your chair makeover but couldn't open your link to see what you did with your table. There is certainly nothing boring about your kitchen though!
  • Noa Peyser
    on May 13, 2017

    What kind of stapler did you use?
    • Jewellmartin
      on May 18, 2017

      The great thing about these staplers is that the handle does the heavy work because it is spring loaded. Even if you tried to use a heavy-duty desk stapler, your palm would have to pound the staples in. My staplers look like silver rectangles, but they work the same. Best wishes!

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  • Carol darden
    on Jun 7, 2017

    Great job. I love the colors and what a cheerful place to wake up to in the morning for your cup of coffee. You did good!
  • Charli
    on Jun 9, 2017

    Don't think I would have chosen the same color combo ... But ... I LOVE it! Great job!
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