Monday, June 25, 2012

Dining Chair Do-Over

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When we bought our house almost 3 years ago I also got to buy my first, real, new dining set.  When I picked it, I had some reservations about the chairs having upholstered seats, but I really liked the table and the chairs looked great with it.  The sales guy told me that the seats clean really well and he sold us the protection plan thing.  (Don't every buy the protection plan for dining chairs, it is useless.)  So we bought the set.


As you can see the seats are a fairly light color.  I soon learned that they really didn't clean as nicely as the sales guy had said.  In fact they were horrible.  Every little thing that my kids spilled on those seats was there FOREVER.


Pretty soon the chairs all looked like the chair on the left here.  SO GROSS.  I swear I had scrubbed the seats of those chairs and tried just about everything I could think of, but they just weren't coming clean.  I also tried using that projection plan I bought, but they would only come clean a stain within 5 days of the stain happening and they would not clean the whole seat.  They would only clean the stain you called in about.  I thought about spilling some kind of red drink all over all the chairs at the same time and then maybe they would have to come clean the chairs, but that didn't really seem worth it and it took me days to get a hold of the customer service people the first time.  So one night I took a $3 plastic tablecloth I had in one of my cupboards, unscrewed the seat from the base and stapled that bad boy on there.   It looked really great at first and was not to much work since I didn't remove the old fabric, I just stapled the table cloth right over the top.

Okay, don't do this.  I was experimenting and it was a fail.  It looked great for about a week, but cheap tablecloths are not a good choice for upholstery fabric.  Although it could be a fun temporary idea for a party or something.  It just won't look good long term, it's too easy to stretch or tear the tablecloth.

Then, way back in January, I finally found the perfect fabric for my chairs.


Isn't it pretty???  It is a laminated cotton and I love it.   It wipes nice and clean, but isn't as plastic-y as covering your chair with that clear plastic.  My step-dad actually recovered my chairs for me while they were visiting from Alaska back in May.  It has been over a month and the laminated cotton is holding up REALLY well - much better than that flimsy tablecloth I used on the first chair.

Looking back I probably would have still chosen the chairs I did, they really were the best choice for my budget and I do like them.  I just wish I hadn't wasted the money on that silly protection plan and that I found this fabric a lot sooner.  It was definitely worth the do-over to use the laminated cotton instead of the cheap tablecloth.  I love my chairs again!



    I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All the opinions expressed here are my own.



8 comments:

  1. What a fabulous result, and that fabric is just gorgeous....clever girl!

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  2. Loooooooooooooooove! I'm seriously considering starting to sell laminated cotton. I shouldn't tell you this, but Riley Blake is going to have the chevrons in laminated cotton. Drool!

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  3. Who is the designer of the fabric??!! Love it!!

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    1. The fabric is Michael Miller Secret Garden Laminated Cotton Party Dress Midnight. You can get it at Fabric.com

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  4. Where did you get the fabric?

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    1. The fabric is Michael Miller Secret Garden Laminated Cotton Party Dress Midnight. You can get it at Fabric.com

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  5. They are pretty! Good to know about the tablecloth. I have wondered :)

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  6. I loved as much as you'll receive carried out right here. The sketch is tasteful, your authored material stylish. nonetheless, you command get got an impatience over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again since exactly the same nearly a lot often inside case you shield this increase.

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    Nathalie
    I love vinyl tablecloth

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