The dining room chairs get a makeover | How About Orange

June 09, 2011

The dining room chairs get a makeover

The seats on our dining room chairs were peppered with stains and spills, having been sat upon by many humans consuming food. And this area of the house was clearly lacking orange, so I covered the seats with the Wildflower print from my Outside Oslo line.


These chairs are the Roger model from IKEA. Removing the seats was just a matter of flipping the chairs upside down and removing two screws underneath. The seats pop right off.

I layered the new fabric right over the old stuff and stapled it to the wooden underside of the seat with a staple gun. It doesn't matter how ugly it looks, because I have yet to meet a dinner guest who examines the underside of her chair. I placed the covered seat on the chair frame and put the screws back into the same holes. A quick and easy makeover.

64 comments:

Ali said...

Love love love this look.

Anna said...

Oh! I love your table and chairs, love them even more with the fancy new cushions! Is the table also from Ikea?

Kris @ everywhereorange.com said...

looks fantastic!!! there is never too much orange in a house :) i love this print!!!

Natalie said...

Easy-peasy *orange* squeasy!
Pretty too!

Jess said...

Thanks! Anna, yep, the table is from IKEA, too. It has two leaves inside that can expand it to twice its current size. Awesome for dinner parties.

Jessica said...

What a good idea, and so easy! No fancy upholstery skills needed.

Poppyprint said...

They look great! As long as you stick to a diet of cheetos and carrot soup, you may never have to recover them again.

JLR Designs said...

They look great! That pattern looks awesome with the wood grain.

Grabbing My Happy said...

*Swoony McSwoonerson* <3

Grandma G said...

Splendid!! Mum's proud of you again! (Although I'm going to flip the chairs over and examine the bottom of the seat next time I come.)

That fabric looks perfect there! I wouldn't let anyone sit on those chairs anymore, though... it sounds like you have some messy guests. ;)

Get the Scotchguard yet?

Mum

Maren said...

VERY cute Jessica! I love your fabric! :) Nice work!

Erin @ Brownie Bites said...

What a quick and easy way to spice up a simple table set. Love it!

Sharon said...

Those chairs look amazing.

Happy in red said...

Clever!! And very pretty indeed.
Esther.

Amy said...

Lovely!

Idle Wife said...

Wow! That really makes your dining room set look like a charming vintage set now. I'd love to do that to my dining room chairs, but they have fabric on the backs of them and I have no idea how to get that off!

tinajo said...

Very pretty and cheerful fabric, like it a lot! :-)

Shirley said...

MUCh better! Love the colors :)

randomcreative said...

Love it! So cherry. And so easy!

Anonymous said...

Inspiring - my dining room chairs need a little help so maybe I'll tackle this project soon! Thanks!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

I love this! Such a fun makeover. Thanks for sharing the steps to achieve it, too.

Emily said...

LOVE these!!

SUZY8-TRACK said...

Really looks great! Nice makeover!

hilary said...

I did the same thing with my Roger chairs! We're nearly ready for a third layer. Love your fabric.

Jess said...

Poppyprint, you crack me up. Cheetos and carrot soup. Roger that. Har, har.

beautiful square feet said...

They look great! Very funky! How brilliant for you to look at your chairs and know that you designed the fabric too! Well done!

Jessica said...

I keep forgetting that I really really really need to buy some OO. Thanks for the reminder, chairs look awesome!

Amy said...

What a fantastic and easy fix. It adds such a great pop of color to that room. You never cease to inspire!

Karro said...

Love your fabrics. Orange is next to green one of my favorite colours too.

stephanie helguera said...

These chairs are fantastic!! It makes me think I should actually make those giant pillow cases from your fabric line a reality!! Beautiful!!

Jessica @ New City Design said...

Your dining room does not look lacking-- it looks desireably SPOTLESS! haha

I love the fabric! It works so well with the furniture!

Wh. said...

your prints make everything look out-of-an-awsome-graphics-book perfect!
oh, and just so you know... i'm using the 382C Pantone wallpaper from your previous post. LOVE IT!

Rebecca said...

You did a great job with these, so cute! I'm always so inspired by people who have a knack for DIY projects, something I am definitely trying to develop!

-Rebecca

http://www.rubin-hood.blogspot.com

Jess said...

Rebecca, you are completely capable, I'm sure.

Wh.: fabulous!

Bego said...

with those chairs, pumpkin soup is another winner in your menu :)

Simply Sarah said...

now that I have seen these chairs with this print, I think its a MUST have! I have Ashley chairs but I think it would still be pretty easy to recover them. Is your fabric water resistant by chance? I have a home daycare plus 2 boys of my own!

Simply Sarah said...

oh yea, do you buy chance send fabric samples?

cabanagirldesigns@gmail.com

The Needle Shop said...

Sure Sarah! Just send us a note through etsy with your address and we'll send you whatever swatches you need - free of charge!
http://www.theneedleshop.etsy.com

Haylee said...

They look absolutely amazing! I'm so impressed you were able to do this yourself. And of course, love the orange fabric.

Helen said...

OMG!!! You need to see what I posted on my blog this week. This is too Funny! I got my table and chairs at Ikea too!

http://helenernst.blogspot.com/

Anne Magee said...

Love it!

Kenna said...

Dying to do this. I'd love to order your lovely fabric and do this to my "craigslist" table. How many yards of Jessica Jones fabric would I need?

Jess said...

Not sure what size your chair seats are, so I can only tell you how much I used: I could fit three seats across the width of the fabric, and I needed about 22" of height for each seat.

helena frontini said...

Lovely looK. Orange, naturally. The last chair I remade was also orange!

sal101010 said...

The fabric and chairs look like they were made for each other! They look great.

caryn the designer said...

Wow! These look amazing! Nicely done!

Tara said...

We have the same table and chairs! I may have to recover mine soon - yours look so much more fun now!

Amy said...

Can you give me the color of your dining room walls? Love the look!!

Creative in Chicago said...

So bright and cheerful.

I have just come across your lovely blog and will probably get no work done today as I want to read the entire thing. I am a web and graphic designer too Indigo Image and live just a bit up the road from you in Lincolnshire. I have a bit of a thing for indigo!

Also are you English?...you used the word mum not mom (I am english!)

Meghan said...

Such a cute fabric! I've been meaning to do this to my kitchen chairs as well for a while now. Thanks for the inspiration, I'm definitely going to get on that soon seeing how great yours look!

La-Dee-da crafter said...

Beautiful fabric and color choice. Love this!!!!
ladeedacreations.com

Fatima B said...

can u put some links about how to sew shirts ? please :)


love ur blog! thanks so much for sharing all these cool stuff =)

Jess said...

Fatima, not sure what kind of shirt you're looking to make, but you could try Google searching for shirt tutorials.

Creative in Chicago: I'm not English and I can't remember at all how I started calling my mom "Mum" or "Mumsy." It started as an affectionate silly thing, and stuck!

Amy, the dining room is Behr's Expedition Khaki color.

Creative in Chicago said...

Mumsy is nice! I occasionally get called Mumpski. If my daughter has her friends around she feels it a real no-no to call me Mum...I become a Mom!

Molly Severtson said...

I gasped audibly when I saw the "after!" Beautiful.

cross stitch kits said...

your chairs are very pretty and you chose a beautiful fabric. Now you're giving ideas about my chairs :-)

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Your chairs look great. Love that fabric.

Rosa Navas said...

The fabric is beautiful and it looks perfect in your chairs.

Lisa Brown said...

My dining room chairs are screaming "help"! Thanks for the inspiration!

Telebrands said...

What a great way to spruce up the dining room set. The fabric you have chosen is quite vibrant.

Kalysia said...

Hey, now. Those look pretty fantastic. ;). ~<3~.

yawningdog said...

I covered my version of your chairs with black ultra-suede. They really pop with the contrast.

Frosted said...

All I know is that I despised my kitchen chairs. They were a great Craigslist bargain, but ugly as sin. You inspired me to pick up some new fabric and cover them. I'm going to use the leftover fabric to make matching placemats and napkins!

Wendy said...

Cute fabric! I have the same chandelier as you.

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