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Going Bold With The Chair Seat Fabric | No Apologies

 The Chair Seat Fabric Makes Me Do The Happy Dance

The chair seat fabric is bold! I asked for advice then didn’t take it. That happens sometimes but not often. I hope everyone who opted for drop cloth seats will forgive me.

The chairs with the light paint and the bold fabric are gorgeous. Take a look…..

used dining room chairs painted white and seats covered with bold fabric

That fabric just makes me smile. I used the fabric on a vintage wardrobe makeover and the wardrobe sold. Yippee! Maybe the buyer will come into the shop and buy the chairs.

Today is Furniture Fixer Upper Day and my favorite furniture painters have some awesome projects for us again today. I’m always amazed at their talent. chairs for paint and seat makeover

I posted a photo of the chairs on Facebook and asked for opinions on fabric for the seats. I posted photos of the bold fabric and asked if the chairs should have drop cloth seats or the bold fabric for the seat covers. The drop cloth won hands down.

loose arms on wood chairs

Before painting starts on any project there are repairs to be made. The armchair arms were wiggly and I tightened up the screws. The arms were still wiggly.

brad nailer for furniture repairs

I got out my brad nailer (new favorite DIY tool) and shot a few nails through the chair seat base and the bottom of the arm. No more wiggles.

painting details on dining room chairs

The paint I choose for the project is Beyond Paint in Off-White. The paint is a primer, paint, and sealer all in one. I needed two coats of paint for complete coverage. To paint the detailed back I brushed the paint on vertically…..

how to paint chairs

and then horizontally. I also stuck the brush bristles through the cut details of the chair back covering most of the wood with paint. I left a bit not painted but that’s okay. Perfectly imperfect. I usually distress the paint on chairs but decided not to on these.

Oh, by the way. There are 5 of these chairs and I have only finished two. Maybe I’ll get the other 3 finished this week. We were out of town for a few days visiting our daughter, son-in-law, and grandsons in Florida. Can’t work all of the time.

recover a chair seat

If you’ve been around here a while you know the chair seat re-cover drill. If not you can see how I recover a chair seat here.

bold color choice for chair seat covers

I’m plan to sell the chairs in my booth at the shop. I brought them into the house to take photos. They sure look nice with my dining room table. The name of the fabric is Cisco and the color is Teak.

Bold Colors For The Chair Seat Cover

And the fabric looks good with the dining room curtains. Nope, can’t keep the chairs. My dining room table, chairs, and china cabinet are real wood and in really good shape. I bought the set probably 25-30 years ago and it’s a nice one, by Kincaid. I can’t see replacing the chairs to the set with the white ones.

how to paint chairs and recover fabric seats
Did I go the wrong direction with the bold fabric? I think most of you selected the drop cloth because it’s neutral and you know I usually sell the furniture. Yep, the chairs with drop cloth seats would probably sell a lot faster.

Beyond Paint is one of my favorites. I filmed a short video when I painted a dresser in Pewter. See it below……

Beyond Paint Furniture Makeover

You can find the paint on Amazon here…Beyond Paint…..(affiliate link)

chair makeover before and after with paint and new fabric seat

The vintage wardrobe where I used this fabric to cover the door is painted a deep rich brown. You can see the wardrobe here…….Vintage Wardrobe Makeover.

Let me know what you think then take the Furniture Tour. The tour links are below the “before makeover” photo collage.

Furniture photos before paint makeovers by the Furniture Fixer Uppers

Decoupage Hand Painted Furniture – Just The Woods
Holiday Inspired Red Empire Dresser – The Interior Frugalista
Kids Play Table – Prodigal Pieces
How To Paint Unfinished Wood Furniture – Confessions Of A Serial Diyer
French Striped Table Makeover – Girl In The Garage
Chairs With Bold Fabric – Petticoat Junktion (you are here)

Time for me to go paint those other 3 chairs. As always thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Love Love Love that fabric on the chairs. It accents the cut work. Anything neutral would have been snoringly booooring. A real snoozefest.

    Place those on 1st Dibs site & they will be snapped up in a NY minute.

  2. Kathy, I love how the chairs turned out. Bold is always more fun than boring and I’m sure they’ll find the perfect new home.

  3. I really love the choices you made on the paint/fabric for the chairs. I remembered the fabric being used on the wardrobe as soon as I saw it. Truthfully, didn’t care for it on that piece…or maybe it was just the paint color on the wardrobe…but you can’t argue with “SOLD”. Here’s hoping for a quick sale on the chairs, they’re great!

  4. I would buy your chairs with the colorful fabric in a heartbeat! I love color, and my house is ‘colorful”.

  5. Those chairs turned out fabulous! The fabric is beautiful. May I ask , where did you get it?
    That video makes me salivate. So many great pieces to buy and re-do. Wow!! Thank you Kathy.

  6. Kathy, I think you did it right! Drop cloth for the seats of these white chairs would have looked boring, I think. Maybe they would have sold faster but I’m not sure. If just the right person sees the up-beat look of them they will be gone in a minute. Also, I think the bright floral print compliments the fancy character of the back of the chairs. Now, I probably couldn’t put them in my house, because the chairs wouldn’t go with my oak dining furniture—I don’t think. But If I saw them in person I might change my mind. I will be waiting to hear how long it takes to sell them. I’m betting before Christmas or shortly after. If I’m wrong, well, I’ll eat my hat! Actually, that fabric would make a fabulous hat–do you have any left?!!

  7. Absolutely fabulous! I’d snap them up in a heartbeat. I was just as taken with the fabric when you did the wardrobe. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  8. Heck no you didn’t go wrong! The bold fabric is perfect with these chairs and I’d have them in my house in a heartbeat. So pretty!

  9. While dropcloth has it’s place, I’m with you, Kathy. Bold was the best way to go. Love it!!