DIY Bamboo Chippendale Chair Makeover

We recently moved into a new house and it's wonderful.  As with any new house we needed some extra furniture to fill it. One thing we needed was a dinette table. My mother-in-law offered us her bamboo Chippendale table & chair set from the eighties (I was stoked but I had to convince my hubby that I could DIY it into the next century). It was in great condition and just needed a bit of love. Unfortunately the table was a bit too big so we opted to just take the chairs. I was so excited to start the makeover!
Finding a great fabric was a must. It needed to be something bold and it needed to pull the chairs out of the eighties. I got this fabric from Home Depot in their curtains department. My little guys helped me get the cushions off.
My little helpers eventually got bored/preoccupied by something else. I removed the staples from the cushions - there must have been 100 staples per chair. They were obviously made well which is great but removing the staples took most of my time.
Next I sanded all the chairs, first by hand then I opted for the hand sander.
Once the chairs were fully sanded I spray-painted them white and let them dry.
I used one of the old covers as a pattern to cut out the fabric for the new covers.
I stapled the fabric on the back of the chair in a + first (eg top bottom, side to side) to ensure it was taught. Then worked around the corners etc. The most important thing here is the ensure your fabric is aligned the right way (depending on the pattern).
Finally I reattached the cushions to the bamboo chair frames and flipped them over.
I love them but now I''m struggling to find the perfect table and light to complete the look.
Stay tuned to find out what I paired them with.

Harlow AndThistle

Hi! I'm Andrea, I'm a Momma, a Designer and a hopeless DIY'er. I love finding ways to achieve a lux look for less.

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