Monday, July 26, 2010

Dining Area Refresh Part One

Just about two months ago, I realized I was really tired of our dining area. It felt cramped, cluttered and dull. And my "Cheap and Easy" Living Room update was just drawing my attention from my less-than-fabulous dining area.

Unfortunately I was running short on inspiration, and more importantly, craftiness. Anyone who knows me, knows that hot glue guns and I are not friends. And I'm pretty sure that hot glue guns are a vital part of any craft/diy project.

Despite my craftiness handicap, I had seen one project that looked do-able. One of my favorite bloggers, Katie from Cleared for Take-Off recovered one of her chairs (sorry I'm too lazy to find the actual post). With this in mind, I begged my husband for a return trip to target. I wanted more of those pillow covers to recover my chair seats. Luckily I measured the chairs first, so upon arriving at Target, I discovered the pillow covers were way too small. Fail.

I was upset, but would not be distracted from my ultimate goal. As I roamed aimlessly looking for inspiration, I saw a table runner I adored, and below it (or above it -- let's be honest my memory is pretty questionable), I saw matching napkins. Napkins that were just about big enough (I hoped) to cover the seats of my chairs.

So I bought them, and borrowed my father-in-law's staple gun, because you know staple guns are great for people who are too stupid to use a hot glue gun without injury (insert sarcasm here).

And so it began...


I stapled the fabric around the base (not my finger!).

Foster helped.

Then I just screwed it back onto the chair frame. THIS IS IMPORTANT: Don't put staples where the frame of your chair sits. If you do, the screws won't go in. I promise. Believe me, I know. Also buy one of these nifty screwdrivers where you can just change out the head, and you can twist halfway and then just turn it back. Way easier.

Add in a matching table runner, and you're all set!


  1. What a nice job! I am not "crafty" either, but this is inspiring! :)

  2. Those cushions look awesome! Great job! I'm here from Jenna's Journey bloghop!

  3. Adorable! Great job! I am here from Jenna's Journeys bloghop as well.

  4. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I just LOVE that fabric...especially the fact that they were napkins. Great job (and great writing too.)

  5. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog earlier and commenting! Love the cushions!

  6. That is super cute! Thanks for leaving me a comment! Have a great day!

  7. Great idea, and the outcome looks wonderful!