OUR NEW DINING ROOM CHAIRS

You might remember that we were considering these ah-mazing Jonathan Adler dining chairs for around our new dining table. But after buying a sofa, bookshelves, and bedside tables (decidedly more necessary purchases), we really didn’t need another thing to splurge on. (Furnishing a whole house is expensive… Baby steps!) That’s when I remembered these Society Social folding chairs that I had in my apartment in New York that have been sitting in our garage since we moved. The white seats were pretty dirty (I’m embarrassed to say I used them as a stool more than once to access the top shelf of my closet) but we realized we could unscrew them from the chair and recover them ourselves!

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With Will out of town for a college reunion this past weekend, his mom and I set to work finding fabric and whipping out our new staple gun (#obsessed). We recovered all four chairs for $24 worth of fabric (we went to Rutherford’s in Dallas) and I absolutely love the look! Plus it was awesome to surprise Will when he got home on Sunday afternoon. I think the navy seats will prove a lot more durable (and I’ve promised to stop standing on them…) and super cute once our navy sofa and acrylic coffee table come this week! Here’s a super easy tutorial for anyone who’s interested in tackling a similar DIY project. I’m already thinking of how I can use our staple gun next! 🙂

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1. Unscrew the seat cushions from each chair.

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2. Cut your fabric to the size of each cushion, leaving 1-2 extra inches to fold over the edges.

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3. Staple away! We saved the corners for last, then folded them neatly and stapled.

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4. Repeat for each chair and enjoy your new look!

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dining table  //  dining chairs (also love these)  //  Slim Aarons print  //  glass pitcher

What DIY projects have you tackled lately? Here’s another one I did with my dad last weekend. So fun!

20 thoughts on “OUR NEW DINING ROOM CHAIRS

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  1. I love the creative idea put behind in crafting of the lovely dining chair. Thanks for sharing such an interesting blog. I hope I can renovate the dining chairs of my abode using the tips shared by you.

  2. I did the same thing when I refurnished my dining room table and chairs last summer. It’s such a simple way to change up your space. Congratulations on the new condo – it really looks to be coming together nicely!

    -Ashley

  3. such a great redo! love how they turned out
    we are closing on our condo in less than 3wks (yay!) and i already have a staple gun on my list of tools to buy… i don’t even know what i’m using it for yet but it just seems like something I’ll want lol.

  4. They look great! They’ll also be awesome to have on hand if you decide to purchase other dining room chairs down the road – extra chairs are always needed and having them go well with your décor is just fantastic!

    Sarah
    Sweet Spontaneity

  5. I love this idea! How creative. Although I’m admittedly not in the DIY stage yet, I’m currently hunting for a perfect bar cart for my apartment at school for next year with the goal in mind of fixing whatever I buy up! I’ve tried antique shops and consignment stores, and have emerged empty handed. Hoping to find one once Elephants Trunk opens this summer in CT! Do you have any favorite places to look for used pieces in the NYC/CT area?

    Best, Emily // simplyemilyl.blogspot.com

    1. Truthfully I’ve had the best luck on Craigslist! You can search by county, sort by picture, and use specific terms like “lucite,” “bamboo,” or “brass.” I’ve found some really great pieces that way — I hope that helps! 🙂

  6. These look great! I love how you recovered them to fit what you were look for! I love to recover furniture to update and change it’s look! Can’t wait to see more additions to your new home over time.

    Have a great day!
    Morgan