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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Chairs to go with our new dining table!!

This post is part two of my dining room post from yesterday! We purchased the table in October and had been trying to decide what chairs we should get to match. After searching, we decided on some chairs from World Market. While these chairs were cute, I think that we rushed into them because A.) we were tired of looking and B.) we always do a home project for our new year's tradition and really wanted to get the ball rolling on the dining room.

So we came home with the chairs and put together one of them and liked them just fine. Note at this point we had not chosen a color for the room. We did have some colors in mind, but we could never actually pinpoint the right shade.

Long story short, after we tested 17 colors, we chose an organic paint with no VOC in the perfect color! The only down side was that it was too similar to the shade of the chairs we chose! So we returned the chairs and were back to square one. That is when we discovered 19th street in Houston! We picked up some awesome queen anne chairs that were in desperate need of repair--see below



We worked on the chairs the same as we did the table the painted them black to match. Then we had to decide how we were going to re-cover them so we headed to interior fabrics on fondren to find some fabric!! BTW if you EVER need fabric, this is THE place to go!!


Here is what we chose: (french countryside is one of my fav prints of all time)

Ok Ok, I am getting carried away with the fabric!! The chairs were pretty yucky so here is how we made the chairs nice and beautiful to match our newly done, black table!

**Remove the cushions before doing any of this! You will prob need a screwdriver and hammer for this!
1.) We cleaned off the chairs using a slightly damp rag and then a dry rag. Some people rec to use a cleaner found at The Home Deeps, but we stick with water bc we have seen some paints etc that say DO NOT combine with those cleaners. 
2.) Then we lightly sand the chairs to even them out. We decide not to sand them to the wood because we are going to cover them with Kilz and then paint them black.


3.) We cover the chairs with Kilz. Some of the furniture we do we just put on one coat, but in this case, we put on two coats of Kilz. 





Here you can see the dining room table from my other post that we were working on at the same time!




4.) After the Kilz is completely dry, we wipe down everything with a dry rag one more time and get prepped to paint!! We chose rustoleum and really liked it. The key we found was to paint multiple THIN coats on vs. one or two thick, gloppy ones. This took a few nights :)


And there you are! The frame of the chairs are done! You can see the table in the background! Now we had to put cushions on because the ones the chairs came with were NOT going to do!!



And here is a quick glimpse of how we did the chair cushions:
1.) We used the old chair cushion bottoms as a stencil for our new plywood cushion bottoms! We traced the shape with a pencil then cut the seats out with a jigsaw!
2.) We took the foam we purchased from the fabric store and laid it on top of the seat, then we covered that with one layer of polyester quilting fabric (can you tell I am not a quilter?! Please forgive my lack of proper terms!!) You might be thinking that this step seems silly, but it is important to keep the fabric and the foam separated in order to keep the chair cushion nicer for longer.
This is just showing you how I covered the cushion with the polyester fabirc. I always covered the front first then the back. 
This is what it looked like after it was all stapled on. Many people stress about the corners, but it really comes down to what look you are going for. So I would find a chair you like, make a mental image or iphone image of it, then go home and make that your chair corner!!
These are great 7 am pics, I know :)

3.) Then we cut the fabric leaving 4 inches on each side of the chair cushion so we have room to tug and pull and get the corners JUST how we like them!
This is what the bottom of the chair cushion looks like after all of the fabric has been stapled down. You have the option here to buy some black fabric to put on top of this so in case anyone is on your floor looking at the bottom of the chair it looks presentable...however, we don't anticipate that and if it happens, we will roll with it!!


Almost done!!!


And here is the final product! We added the mirror and chandelier! We are currently looking for the right rug for our dining room! 



This post is part two of my dining room post from yesterday! We purchased the table in October and had been trying to decide what chairs we should get to match. After searching, we decided on some chairs from World Market. While these chairs were cute, I think that we rushed into them because A.) we were tired of looking and B.) we always do a home project for our new year's tradition and really wanted to get the ball rolling on the dining room.

So we came home with the chairs and put together one of them and liked them just fine. Note at this point we had not chosen a color for the room. We did have some colors in mind, but we could never actually pinpoint the right shade.

Long story short, after we tested 17 colors, we chose an organic paint with no VOC in the perfect color! The only down side was that it was too similar to the shade of the chairs we chose! So we returned the chairs and were back to square one. That is when we discovered 19th street in Houston! We picked up some awesome queen anne chairs that were in desperate need of repair--see below



We worked on the chairs the same as we did the table the painted them black to match. Then we had to decide how we were going to re-cover them so we headed to interior fabrics on fondren to find some fabric!! BTW if you EVER need fabric, this is THE place to go!!


Here is what we chose: (french countryside is one of my fav prints of all time)

Ok Ok, I am getting carried away with the fabric!! The chairs were pretty yucky so here is how we made the chairs nice and beautiful to match our newly done, black table!

**Remove the cushions before doing any of this! You will prob need a screwdriver and hammer for this!
1.) We cleaned off the chairs using a slightly damp rag and then a dry rag. Some people rec to use a cleaner found at The Home Deeps, but we stick with water bc we have seen some paints etc that say DO NOT combine with those cleaners. 
2.) Then we lightly sand the chairs to even them out. We decide not to sand them to the wood because we are going to cover them with Kilz and then paint them black.


3.) We cover the chairs with Kilz. Some of the furniture we do we just put on one coat, but in this case, we put on two coats of Kilz. 





Here you can see the dining room table from my other post that we were working on at the same time!




4.) After the Kilz is completely dry, we wipe down everything with a dry rag one more time and get prepped to paint!! We chose rustoleum and really liked it. The key we found was to paint multiple THIN coats on vs. one or two thick, gloppy ones. This took a few nights :)


And there you are! The frame of the chairs are done! You can see the table in the background! Now we had to put cushions on because the ones the chairs came with were NOT going to do!!



And here is a quick glimpse of how we did the chair cushions:
1.) We used the old chair cushion bottoms as a stencil for our new plywood cushion bottoms! We traced the shape with a pencil then cut the seats out with a jigsaw!
2.) We took the foam we purchased from the fabric store and laid it on top of the seat, then we covered that with one layer of polyester quilting fabric (can you tell I am not a quilter?! Please forgive my lack of proper terms!!) You might be thinking that this step seems silly, but it is important to keep the fabric and the foam separated in order to keep the chair cushion nicer for longer.
This is just showing you how I covered the cushion with the polyester fabirc. I always covered the front first then the back. 
This is what it looked like after it was all stapled on. Many people stress about the corners, but it really comes down to what look you are going for. So I would find a chair you like, make a mental image or iphone image of it, then go home and make that your chair corner!!
These are great 7 am pics, I know :)

3.) Then we cut the fabric leaving 4 inches on each side of the chair cushion so we have room to tug and pull and get the corners JUST how we like them!
This is what the bottom of the chair cushion looks like after all of the fabric has been stapled down. You have the option here to buy some black fabric to put on top of this so in case anyone is on your floor looking at the bottom of the chair it looks presentable...however, we don't anticipate that and if it happens, we will roll with it!!


Almost done!!!


And here is the final product! We added the mirror and chandelier! We are currently looking for the right rug for our dining room! 


So You think you want to re-do an old table and chairs? Here are the tools we used:
1.) staple gun 
2.) screwdriver and hammer --to push down and take out the staples
3.) paintbrushes and trays
4.) primer and paint color of your choice
5.) jigsaw
6.) sandpaper
7.) fabric of your choice







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