This is the story of four neglected, filthy, rickety dining room chairs. I don’t know what possessed me to buy them except they were super cheap. Do you do that? Do you buy things sometimes just because they’re a super good price?
I read somewhere that if you wouldn’t be willing to pay $100 for something, you shouldn’t buy it because it means you don’t love it enough. In other words, only purchase things that you love enough that you would pay good money for them (not that those things have to be expensive). Does that make sense?
Okay so back to those chairs. I found these at a yard sale last summer and the gal was asking $5 for each chair. They were really dirty looking but for some reason, I couldn’t walk away from them. I asked if she would take $15 for all four and she agreed.
Here is one of the chairs before:
See what I mean about dirty? Gross!
This was before I had ever tried chalk paint. So I sanded every one of these babies:
Not so gross now…
Then I painted them, applied new foam to the seat panels, and covered each one.
Here is how they turned out:
I love the fabric. I was prepared to pay the sale price of $18.99/yard for it but when I got to the register, it rang up $8.99/yard! Woot woot!
Here they are in my teeny tiny dining room:
This little lamp got a mini makeover to match:
The parson’s chairs were a Craig’s List find. I made coordinating slipcovers using the chair fabric as piping:
My two year old loves mirrors. He dances in front of them, rides his car past them, you name it. This was from my old house and just hanging out in the garage so we brought it in here for him. Its just his size!
Much better? I’m a bit glad I sanded them because I know there is no grime hiding under the paint! They really brightened up my dining room. Here is what I used to have in here. This picture was taken a couple of years ago at Christmas:
Much better. I might even pay $100 for them now:)