Add a Pop of Color + How to Reupholster Dining Room Chairs!Thursday, March 16, 2017
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If you saw my last post, I'm Changing My Life with Color! #WhatsYourColorStory?, you'll know that I was planning a fun and fabulous DIY project based on some amazing advice from the new book Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color by Moll Anderson. Well, not only did I add a pop of color to my dining room, I added six. :) I reupholstered my dining room chairs and I'll show you how you can too!
The color I chose was #RevivingTurquoise. It wasn't always a favorite but became one after honeymooning in St. Thomas and waking up to the gorgeous view of small green islands in the turquoise Caribbean sea every morning. That view was enough to make me want to stay forever.
I decided that my drab dining room needed some reviving and decided that a hue in the turquoise range would be best for me. That color reminds me of the wonderful feeling of waking up to a view of the sea and I wanted a little of that in my home.
Tip: Stop by your local home improvement store's paint aisle and pick up a large range of paint chips in the colors you're considering. You can take these to the fabric store to help you perfectly match the color you want.
I needed to find just the right fabric for my chairs. I wanted it to be bright and colorful, but also coordinate with my existing greens. I shopped home dec fabrics galore and found two that were close, but they just weren't as bright as I craved.
- Fabric in your required amount
- Oly-fun craft material in your required amount
- a light- to medium-duty staple gun
- fabric protector spray (if your fabric is not wipeable)
- scissors to trim excess fabric
- a screwdriver to remove the chair seats
- a pair of pliers will help you remove old staples
2. When you're ready to start, find the screws that hold your chair bottom on. Unscrew and remove your chair bottom. While you're working, put your screws in a zipper bag to keep them from rolling away.
4. Now you're ready to recover them! Lay your new fabric down on a flat surface, right side down (that just means that the outer side of the fabric should be facing down) and center your chair bottom on it.
5. Start on one side and pull the fabric taut while stapling it in place a few inches from the chair bottom edge. Repeat on the opposite side, pulling the fabric taut.
7. There are lots of ways to finish the corners. On my last chair project, I made inverted box pleats. That just means that I folded the excess fabric to the inside equally, leaving a pleat on the outside going inward at the center. This time I'm doing a plain box pleat.
Every time I walk through this room, it gives me a little burst of happy.
I love the way it echoes the colors from this little painting.
I couldn't resist buying a huge bouquet of blue Hydrangeas to go on the table. :)
I really can't recommend this book enough! I don't think I would have been able to take this bold of a leap without some guidance, and her advice was spot on!
Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color by Moll Anderson just came out on the 14th, so it's now available at Target stores and at other booksellers. Check out Moll's website here to find out everywhere you can get it.
If you're in your local Target, you can find it in the Books section under Non-Fiction Best Sellers.
Does your home need a color kick? Have you read Moll's book? I love to read your comments!