How do you give old furniture a new look? It’s very simple with the help of JOANN FABRICS!!! When I decided to purchase a white wash wood furniture dining room suite (with white upholestered chairs) it was to create my “country” decor look in my first house.
Let’s FAST FORWARD 2 houses, storage for 4 years and 2 kids who are now 14yo and 8yo and these chairs are not child or teen proof. These chairs are definitely not kid friendly. How many spills do you have on any given day? Also the suite has has a white wash wood table. You learn one of favorite home decor places is HOME GOODS and they have a nice selection of Cynthia Crowley water repellant tablecloths in a variety of sizes and designs!
For the chairs, I decided to do a DIY reupholster my own chairs to save money. After I purchased a sewing machine, I decided to sign up for coupons via text messages with JOANN FABRICS. These coupons can be applied to any regularly priced item which saves a significant amount especially if it is 50% off. For any upholestering you need a heavy duty stapler and the weekly coupon came in handy. These staplers are over $20!!!
The coupons cannot be applied to fabric but on any given week there is usually a fabric sales. If you don’t know I scour the internet and PINTEREST for most projects to get guidelines. I found suggestions on two different sites. Both sites suggested removing the old upholstery which I opted to keep.
You may ask how do you determine how much fabric to purchase? Great question, my first site suggested to measure the length, width and depth of the cushion. From the depth, multiply by 3. Then add this number to the length and width of your cushion to determine how large of a fabric piece is required. The other site estimated 1/2 yard for a standard cushion. I used the second approach and it was not accurate for my cushions. Unfortunately neither worked for my cushions. My cushions have a unique scalloped shape along the front of the cushion.
I purchased 3 yards of fabric from a 54″ bolt(width) thinking this was enough to cover all 6 chairs. After measuring my length and width and depth as 22x17x1.5 respectively, I estimated 34″x 30″ of fabric for each chair. The fabric covered covered 3 of my 6 chairs. For the remaining chairs I plan to purchase about 2 1/2 yards. I have a significant amount of fabric left which I am planning to use for a table runner and napkins. In case you missed it I purchased a sewing machine so a great reason to “repurpose” the fabric!!!!!
Stay tuned for my next DIY project!!!! See you soon!!!!