New Bench Seat

My mom and step-dad have been making some changes in their house, one of which was painting the entire kitchen and living room area to an “agreeable gray.” Seriously, I think that was the name of the color. In their mudroom they have a small bench used for storage and an easy spot to put on your shoes. When the first floor was a warmer brown color, the maroon bench seat cover looked nice in their room. But it did not agree with the agreeable gray.

Old Seat

Mom asked if I would mind recovering their bench seat for them. Of course I wouldn’t mind! Silly question. I went to JoAnn’s to pick out new fabric, and ended up with a gray fabric with white dots all over it. Super cute.

To recover the seat, I simply removed the old cover and used a staple gun to add the new fabric.

Check out the difference:

New SeatNow that looks agreeable!


Recovering kitchen chairs

A few weekends ago my mother-in-law and I went fabric shopping so we could recover her kitchen chairs. The fabric was stained here and there, and just needed to be freshened up.

Robin's Old Chair

Robin unscrewed the seats, so we grabbed a cushion and went to pick out fabric. She picked a patterned upholstery fabric in a light bluish, greenish gray.

Robin's New Fabric

We got together this weekend to finish the chairs and were able to knock out the set in about an hour. I’ve done a few posts on how to recover chairs, so I won’t go into too much detail. Plus, I didn’t take pictures during since I was too busy hanging out with my awesome mother-in-law. She only¬†almost¬†stapled me once… and it was hilarious.

Here’s one of the finished chairs — it looks so fresh. In person, the fabric is definitely more blue and less neutral. The iphone let me down with color here.

Robin's Finished Chair

And here’s my adorable mother-in-law showing off her new chair and our hard work!

Robin's Finished Chairs

It was so much fun! Recovering a dining set is such an easy, quick and affordable way to make a change in your furniture.

Craft Projects, Furniture

Metal Chair Redo

metal chair redo

Years ago my momma had a metal chair in her bathroom sitting at her vanity that she decided to trade in for something a little more modern. Even back then I scooped up this treasure with the quickness to refinish and use in my bedroom. The chair was olive green with a camel-colored leather seat. I painted it white and recovered the seat with a thin, blue fabric… and that’s how it has stayed for years and years and years.

chair before

I finally decided I had had enough of this look, mainly the worn-in seat that I covered with quilting fabric versus home decor fabric. Rookie move.

So to start on my redo of a redo, I took the seat off of the chair and started to rip of all of the layers of fabric. First the blue.

chair cushion… then the tan…


Then Remmy needed to investigate my work.


To make my chair a little more comfy, I added a layer of batting to the top.


Then I ironed the fabric for the chair and began to staple it to the cushion.


Since the seat is round I stapled ever few inches, folding the fabric along the way.





Then I put it on top of the chair to see how it looked.


Too similar to before! Time to go big or go home (where I already was… so not sure that works here… but whatevs!) I painted the chair vintage gold.

IMG_2546Time to add the cushion!


Before and After? Yes, please!

Chair before and after