Before and After - 1950's Kitchen Chairs Makeover

I've been working on a makeover of some awesome little 1950's kitchen chairs!

Vintage kitchen chair makeover

I found these kitchen chairs on Craigslist. There are four of them and at first I thought about making slip covers for them instead of totally reupholstering them because the original covers were in really good shape.



But then I thought it would be a pain to try and make a slip cover to go around all those spindles.


They had kind of a plastic type fabric... not oilcloth but very similar and after I got it all off the chairs and looked at the back side of the fabric I could see that it wasn't in very good condition after all. There were lots of stains. So that made me feel better about taking it off.


This is the fabric I chose to recover them with. I am going to recreate the little skirt they had originally I think but I bought the very last of this fabric and they won't be reordering it so I wanted to make sure I had enough for the main parts first.


I decided not to paint the wood parts. Mostly because I HATE painting spindles but also because the wood is in good shape and I thought they were kind of cute as is!


I found a table to go with them, also on Craigslist and it was already painted grey and matched the grey in the fabric perfectly! I "dipped" the legs to make them coordinate just a little more with the table and make them appear more like a set.


And I had just enough fabric to make little skirts for them!


And they are already at my space at the antique mall! I'll be sharing a booth update soon!

7 comments

  1. Those are super cute Tania! Have you considered using a coordinating fabric for the skirt if you run out of fabric? I think that would look nice too. Are you keeping or selling the set when you finish it? I am so tired tonight...it's almost midnight and we just finished painting the kitchen! It's looking better every day. I am so excited to finish it. Have a great week...:)

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  2. Looking cute! The ruffle will finish them off and i think a coordinating fabric would look good. If you us ochre on the table, that would be good to use as the skirt! It would really tie it all together.

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  3. Great job Tania :) Love the fabric you picked. Look forward to seeing them when painted. Take care.

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  4. I love the new fabric! It's amazing what a little fabric and/or paint can do to completely transform a piece of furniture. I host a link party called Your Turn To Shine every Thurs-Mon. If you're interested in stopping by sometime and sharing some of your projects I'd really love to have you! ~Amy

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    1. Thanks Amy! I think I've joined in your party before and I'll definitely be back!

      Tania

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  5. Great job on choosing the fabric and the upholstery work. They will be cute with flirty skirts.

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