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!