I knew I would regret not taking a before picture of my chairs but I just couldn’t bring myself to it. (Something I will need to work on doing in the future). The chairs just looked disgusting. They didn’t match the table and the clear coat was coming off so the wood looked nasty as did the cloth seats that were a light color. Originally the chairs had a blue mesh type fabric that was pretty stained when I received the set so I covered them in a light fabric many years back and had put plastic over the top. Well over time the plastic has been torn and peeled off all but one chair so that nice light color was stained a multitude of colors having 3 young children one went through the potty training process and one is still working on it so our poor furniture has been very abused over the last couple years. Can you say yuck? 😛 Well I found this picture that gives you some type of idea.

You can see in this picture the clear coat coming off so making the wood look horrible and it doesn’t match the table. Take my word for it, you don’t want to see the cushions. Well the first step was dis-assembling the chairs and cleaning up any food junk in the cracks and such. The chairs went outside and the cushions on the table. I removed the fabric on the cushions and went out to start sanding the chairs….that is a long hot job when both days were over 100 degree’s actually the first day we broke a 100 year record and hit 108 in Oklahoma city. Then after sanding only one chair I decided to recover the cushions and found some vinyl in my fabric stash. (PERFECT!) No need to cover the seats with plastic these will wipe up wonderfully. So I recovered the seats then finished sanding the chairs, applied a coat of stain and now I wonder if I shouldn’t have painted them instead. I did not put on a clear coat because I haven’t decided whether or not to leave them or paint them. Maybe paint them a black or white then the table top to match…hmm? Still don’t know but here is what we have for now.


The creases in the vinyl will disappear it’s just how they were folded up. They are such an improvement and not an embarrassment to have company sit in. 🙂 Yeah for manual labor! I love working with my hands and seeing the before and after of my attempts. Thank you God for giving me the ability to change the things I can.

  1. Take apart my kitchen chairs (Woo hoo/1 down already..the easy one)
  2. Sand the kitchen chairs (Done) Whew!
  3. Stain or Sand the kitchen chairs  (not sure how I feel about them yet)
  4. Re-upholster the kitchen chair seats (Vinyl kills 2 birds with one stone)
  5. Finish screwing the boards on the kids swing to fort conversion
  6. Paint the kids fort
  7. Finish hanging the bead board wall paper
  8. Sew or buy and hang curtains in the kitchen
  9. Sew or buy and hang curtains in the Master bedroom
  10. Sew or buy and hang curtains in the boys room
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4 Responses so far.

  1. Free & Frugal says:

    following from the weekend hop

    http://freefrugalmommyofone.blogspot.com/

  2. Spilled Milkshake says:

    I love this challenge and think I need to do something similar. I have a never ending to-do list and I think if I challenge myself, I might actually get some things done from my "someday/maybe" list lol!

    You did an outstanding job on the chairs. They look so good!

    Christina

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    ♥ xoxo

  3. prototypemama says:

    It's so funny because I'm in the process of doing my 21 day challenge and you're way ahead of me( I started a month ago) Can you tell I'm a procrastinator

    Friend from VB!
    http://www.prototypemama.wordpress.com

  4. Columba Lisa says:

    Hey, thanks for visiting my blog! I'm checking in from VoiceBoks. You have more aptitude for dealing with furniture than I have! I reupholstered my couch a couple of years ago. I wasn't super happy with the results, but it works.

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