Sunny Dinning Set

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My son and his fiancée have just moved into their new apartment. They are both in college and they have 2 young children. Let's say they have other priorities than buying new furniture!

They had this very old dinning set ... I think it's even older than I am!

My daughter-in-law loves yellow, she is obsessed with this color!

I "stole" two of their chairs to make them look beautiful again. I only took two so they still have chairs to sit on!

I bought spray paint, yellow of course, and multicolored fabric for the seat.

I love this fabric for all its colors ... and its little funky look. It is very thick, resistant and above all, it is treated : a must with young children.

I removed the seat and sanded the structure of the chair with sandpaper 100 grit. I cleaned the structure with Lysol wipes.

I applied a few coats of Painter's Touch spray paint until the color was uniform.

I stapled the new fabric to the seat, taking care to tighten it. I did not remove the old vinyl, I thought it offered extra protection!

I finally screwed the seats back to their structures...

I love the result! A few hours of work, a few dollars and hop! A brand new set!

I'll share more pictures of the complete set.

Have a nice day!


P.S. The cost is for four chairs.

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  • June
    on Mar 28, 2019

    Hi !! ,, I will be doing the same to my chairs. My question is. I need to replace the cushion and make it thicker. Age has taken over the softness. Can I just glue a new piece to the original or do I have to totally replace it ??

    • Robyn Garner
      on Mar 31, 2019

      Ask if they can cut the pieces for you. Take the measurements or (better!) a pattern with you. If you need to cut it yourself, use a large serrated knife like a bread knife. 😎

      Guides to all things DIY with foam

  • Cheryl Pounds
    on Mar 29, 2019

    I want to do this with an old decorative wooden chair. Thanks for the idea! Should I send the wood first??

    • [re]FɄB19
      on Mar 29, 2019

      Totally! I would also suggest chalk paint + wax on wood. :)

  • Sonia Hernandez
    on Apr 5, 2019

    You showed the beautiful "Happy'' chairs, but did you paint the table to match? You said above that you will share pictures of the completed project. I hope you post them soon!!

    • [re]FɄB19
      on Jul 17, 2019

      My gosh! I just saw your question! I am so sorry !

      No, I didn't paint the table, but I might. I've been really busy working on my deck since spring... But I am working on a small buffet to match those chairs. I will probably share it at the end of summer. 😊

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  • Nancy
    on Mar 30, 2019

    I covered the seats on a similar dinette, and I also left the original vinyl intact. When the seats got dirty, I took them outside and scrubbed them with some diluted laundry soap, hosed them off, and they dried in the sun in no time. Your makeover is adorable!

  • Linda
    on Mar 30, 2019

    Wow! Beautiful job, the chairs are so pretty and happy looking!

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