Friday, June 25, 2010

Here's to the power of doing.....

Industry: in·dus·try  \ˈin-(ˌ)dəs-trē\

n., pl., -tries.

1 : diligence in an employment or pursuit; especially : steady or habitual effort.
2 : systematic labor especially for some useful purpose or the creation of something of value............

What do you do when, after years of use (and some particularly sloppy eating), your dining chairs end up looking like this....
Please focus on that HUGE stain front and center!!!

Why, you roll up your sleeves and get to work...........

You grab one of these

And take it apart..............

Then you grab one of these.............

and some awesome-fabric-that-looks-like-leather....

(extreme close-up  ---my skills as a photographer are very limited people, so please trust me when I say this looks like a million $$$)

please check out this awesome fabric again...I held out for the longest time because I didn't have the right fabric to work with- I would have loved to go the floral/print/ikat/suzani/statement-y stuff route but hubs weighed in heavily on the matter (yup, there's two of us making the decisions and it had to satisfy both our tastes)......another thing that swayed me toward this fabric was that it is a classic and a neutral...which means I can switch up the decor in the dining room with table runners and the ilk--- enter gorgeous fabrics (i.e. my choice)+ if butterfingers drops stuff on it, (hopefully) it cleans right up. And it looks sooo good.

Aaaaand get to work! (no pictures of me working on it coz I had to keep the fabric stretched taut and didn't have any twiddly thumbs to spare!!)...In any case, I'm not much of a tutorial gal--you can find some excellent tutorials on re-covering chair seats here and here.

Voila! Finished product........

Okay all apologies for the poor photography- but it looks sooo professional -there are no wrinkles anywhere, and best part- no more ugly stains!!

Some tips-
1. Make sure to press down hard on the staple gun, otherwise the staples don't sit flat against the surface.
2. I didn't bother with removing the original fabric since there was no structural damage to the seat cushions.
3. Pick a heavy-weight fabric- it has to stand up to the wear and tear.

Two down, 4 more to go, but I'm getting there....I'm presently juggling several DIY projects that I hope to post up here as they're done.....its going to be another busy weekend for me.

Now I want need some suggestions from you- should I or shouldn't I use some scotch guard spray to ensure easy clean-ups? I haven't ever done so earlier (but you can see the result of that!!)- any advice will be appreciated!!


  1. Good Job! scotch guard? not so sure,never worked for me,Happy weekend

  2. I definitely need a staple gun! You've made this look very easy...

  3. 2 words Gagan...well actually three...Scotch Guard baby!
    Yes, the stuff works well....I brougth up one messy kid and 2 messy dogs (I'll leave the husband out of it for now :-), trust me, it works! The stuff just wipes right off!

  4. @ struggler- you HAVE to, DIYing is sooo addictive.

    @Deepali and Kamini- thanks a bunch for the input- I think I'll give it a shot....can't do any harm can it?


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