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I love mismatched chalk painted, applique covered dining room chairs. Upcycle dining room chairs to add personality to your dining room. You may remember I made some for our dining room a couple of years ago. Unfortunately with young children and messy eating the seats have become stained, despite the stain resistant spray I applied. This time I am using a wax – I first saw this technique at Radiant Home . The plan is the waxed seats will prevent staining, a great idea when you have young children. Plus a handy handle means you can hang spare seats on the wall when not in use.
Upcycle dining room chairs
Dining room chair
Handle and screws
Upholstery fabric scraps (look in charity shops)
Greenland wax or similar for rewaxing clothes
Sizzix Big shot machine with 4” square die or quilters ruler, rotary cutter, cutting mat
Start by preparing your chair, remove the seat for reupholstering. The chair may have hidden grease stains so thoroughly wash down with sugar soap to remove ingrained dirt. If necessary for example peeling varnish sand the chair.
Paint the chair with chalk paint. I suggest following the grain of the wood with your paint brush. Allow to dry and then apply a second coat. Watch out for drips, chalk paint dries quickly!
Using a brawdl mark on the back of the chair the position of the screws for the handle. Drill small holes. Screw handle to the chair.
Wash and dry your upholstery fabrics, if they are preloved they will benefit from a freshen up, if they are new they may shrink in the wash.
Cut out 4” square of fabric using a Big Shot sizzix machine or a quilter’s ruler, rotary cutter and cutting mat. You will need approximately 25 squares, dependent upon the size of the seat of the chair.
Lay out the different fabrics into a pleasing random design. Place right sides together and stitch two squares together, add another until you have a chain of five squares. Repeat for a further 5 lines. Press with an iron. Place the right long sides together and stitch to create one large square of fabric.
Lay your fabric on a flat surface, wrong side facing you. Place the seat cover on top, with the stitch lines parallel to the seat. Starting from the center of the sides staple gun the fabric taught over the seat cushion.
Apply the Greenland wax to the seat cover. Patiently rub over the fabric, I suggest following the grain of the fabric.
Iron the wax coating, ensuring you thoroughly clean the iron afterwards. Alternatively use a hairdryer to heat the wax, you will see it melt and absorb into the fabric.
Use natural strong cotton fabrics for your seats, you don’t want a man made fiber falling apart in three months time!
When sourcing chairs for recovering carefully check them to ensure they are strong, with no splits in the joints (ahem, may have bought a chair with several none repairable splits!).
The handle brings this project on trend…
What so you use for stain resistance? I am curious to see how the waxed seats will hold up over time.