A Beautiful Reunion: Broken Chairs and The Mis-Matched Table

8 Materials
30 Hours
This was quite the sad sack of a kitchen chair situation. Sit back (pun intended) and let me show you why it is even worse than it appears here. The consigment store chairs are covered with standard pillow cases. Why? A picture speaks a thousand words. The table was purchased second-hand last year and did not match.
Hiding embarrassing chairs with pillowcases.
Inspired by Monet's home in Giverny and his gallant and unabashed use of color, I went for it.

These chairs were purchased about 15 years ago and I loved the cool design they had on the back. But with a toddler, they didn't last long and the delicate particle board cutout just gave up. The table was purchased last year from a neighbor. They didn't match but half of my chair was covered by my "clever" cover-ups, standard pillowcases.
The chairs "before". Broken backs..so sad!
Here's how I started my kitchen furniture makeover. There were many firsts for me here but no time like now to take it on! This makeover was for the March Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest by Fairfield World who so generously provided the foam for this makeover!
Painting outside. Three layers of color.
1. Remove seat and carefully remove the bamboo edges around the chair back, front and back sides.

2. I painted the chair with milk paint in three coats (Lakeview Blue from The Real Milk Paint Company) and sealed with their low sheen burnishing paste and clear wax. Replace seat.
Staple underlying fabric around edges. Trim.
3. Cut foam to size for both front and back. I left the broken back in place. I would have had to take the chair apart to get it out, so I left it alone.The

4. Cut piece of fabric that acts as a barrier between the foam and the decorative fabric and staple into place around the edges.

5. Trim the fabric very close to the chair edges
Detail as I trim the decorative fabric.
6. Repeat process with decorative fabric. I used a template because of the pattern and I wanted the image to be specific for the front and the back.

7. Trim the fabric close to the staples. After this point I used a brad nailer to nail the bamboo trim back into place.
Before and after. What a beautiful change!
Before and after...
Detail of the front and back of chairs.
The chairs "after" showing the fabric variation and the gorgeous color of the paint. The foam used on the front and back of the chairs feels so comfortable. It's really hard to believe this is the same chair.
Detail of table legs after painting, sealing.
Detail of table legs after they were painted to match the chairs. Details were painted out using a color that I created mixing an acrylic paint in cadmium yellow and the blue milk paint.
My kitchen area "after" the makeover-LOVE!
The finished products. I couldn't be happier with the results! I hope you like them, too!
Suggested materials:
  • Project Foam   (www.fairfieldworld.com)
  • White underlying fabric   (My own)
  • Decorative Fabric   (Fabric Guru)
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  • Michele Hengy-Young Michele Hengy-Young on Apr 10, 2016
    Did you have to sand the table legs and chairs before using the milk paint?

  • 169756 169756 on Apr 10, 2016
    I have to recover 2 end chair seats and a possiblly 2 bench pads and love this fabric. Do you have the name of it? I looked on Fabric Guru and didn't have a clue other than 'birds, tropical' to key in.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Apr 11, 2016
    This entire setting is perfect. Is the painting or poster in the background an original? You choice of fabric is one of my favorite styles, but I have never used it to decorate. Super job!

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