Since I was a little girl, I have always wanted mismatched chairs. I started my collection last year and finally finished collecting about a month ago. I was so excited to get rid of these hideous fold up chairs! (Hallelujah chorus).
I couldn't wait to break out the spray paint and get started.
My main hesitation was that 3 of the chairs needed to be reupholstered. (Apparently I never took before photos of those chairs, sorry.) Upholstery fabric is so expensive, so I wanted to take my time and look around. I even dug through clearance bins. Nothing. I found plenty of cute fabric, but I really wanted to keep this project as inexpensive as possible.
I went to hobby lobby and found a nice, thicker, fabric. It's not as durable as upholstery, but I figure I would probably want to switch it up in the future any ways. And for only $8 a yard, I couldn't help myself. I only needed 1/2 a yard for each chair. I made sure to get some extra in one of the fabrics because I wanted to reupholster the piano bench and make a curtain for the kitchen door.
I took the old upholstery off of the chairs. I went to wal-mart and bought six colors of Krylon spray paint.
I originally bought a really pale green called Ivy Green instead of the light blue, but it did not cover good at all. I am now in love with the Blue Ocean Breeze colored chair. I took the chairs outside and got to painting. I should have thought ahead a little bit more, because I did not put anything under the chairs. I thought it would rain, or I would have to mow and then the spray paint would be gone. It's been over 2 weeks and my yard still looks like a twister mat.
I reupholstered the chairs by simply wrapping the fabric around and using a staple gun. It was beyond easy.
Now that the chairs were done, that busy rug was really clashing with the colored chairs and the awesome patterns of the fabric. I decided to switch it out for a more plain rug. I went to wal-mart and found a big brown squared textured rug. There was no price tag and I was worried because rugs of similar or even smaller sizes were upwards of $45 and I had just forked out money on the fabric and paints. I took it to the price checker and, voila, $20! I was so excited!
I brought the rug home, and put everything in place. My center piece was far too formal for the new/fresh/funky chairs. I am still working on creating the perfect center piece, but this will do for now.
I finally have my mismatched chairs! This girl is one happy camper.
Oh and before I forget, here is the piano bench and curtain.
The dining room is a much more pleasant place to be!