Dining Room Chair Makeover

Garage sales are my gig.

I love them.

As a little girl, I remember looking through the Saturday newspaper  with a paper folded map and circling the garage sales we wanted to check out (back in the 80s…pre-internet). Then spending Saturday morning driving around finding treasures (and lots of junk). I’ve continued this hobby into adulthood and always love finding a great deal.

I’ve found lots of great things through the years, but my dining room chairs are one of my favorite finds.

It was actually an estate sale where I found them.

(Estate sale: a close and slightly more snooty relative to a garage sale.)

I had seen the chairs at the beginning of the weekend, but didn’t want to pay the price they were asking and didn’t think much about it. However, by the end of the weekend, they decided to liquidate everything and marked it WAY down. The six chairs were only $50!


I had big plans to get rid of the floral tapestry fabric, but got busy…and…broke…and…you know how projects can be sometimes.

And, choosing the fabric was so overwhelming for me. So many choices. So many beautiful fabrics. Do I stay classic? Do I need a splash of color? Is chevron out? What’s washable? Should I just do something super practical like vinyl?

I finally bit the bullet, made a decision and bought 3 yards of this fabric at Joann’s-
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The recovering process was ridiculously easy.

  1. -unscrewed the cushions
  2. measured and cut the new fabric
  3. staple-gunned the fabric onto the cushion (my hubby, Tyler, did most of this)
  4. sprayed many coats of scotch guard
  5. re-attached cushions to the chair frames


Why did this take me so long to tackle?

I have no idea, but I love the way they turned out!


Also, I’ve mentioned previously that I have 3 boys and yes, we do eat 3 meals a day at this table, so these puppies are scotch-guarded to the max. I’m crossing my fingers that this stuff can handle all that is going to be thrown at them on a daily basis. Luckily, the fabric only cost $30, so if have to do this again in a few years (or if I get sick of it/change my home decor more likely)…no biggie.


What’s your best garage sale/estate sale find?

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