relic | Blue kitchen chair makeover

When Luke and I got married, much of our furniture was given to us by his grandparents, Cliff & Anne. They found pieces at estate sales, contributed some items of their own, and Cliff even made two small tables for us. I love the character of the older pieces, but sometimes I enjoy giving them a new look. Our kitchen table, which they picked for us, is a gorgeous relic that we plan on completely refinishing one day so we can keep it forever. For now, I reupholstered the seat covers for a simple upgrade that adds a pop of color to our kitchen. Seriously, my new chairs make me smile every time I lay eyes on them--especially in the midst of a current obsession I have with blue.


 

 

Don't you love the curves? The covers that were on them are beautifully hand-embroidered, but heavily stained so they needed to go. Can you imagine how long it took to embroider all of them? Here are just a couple of my favorites...

 

 

We used a cordless drill to remove the cushions from the chair frames and removed all the tacks that the last person had used to reupholster the chairs. Underneath, I even found the original chair cushions. I can see why these got covered in the first place.

 

 

I used a staple gun to staple the fabric (my method was the same as if I were stretching a canvas for a painting, see here), using more staples along the curved edge to make sure it was tight. Then I simply used the drill to screw the seats back on. It took me about an hour and a half.

  

 

 All set for dinner.