Restyled Shabby Chic Dining Room Chairs

Does it amaze you how interior design changes? Ideas come and go… I recently enjoyed The Great Interior Design Challenge, a tv series following would be designers compete against each other. The competitors were each given a room, a brief from the home owner, 3 days  plus a £1,000 budget. The program always had an object for the aspiring designer to upcycle.. My daughter and I enjoyed watching it together, discussing the brave colour choices the designer made. I was left feeling my home is rather bland, safe, uninspired – or should I say practical for young kids?!

Bland dining room

Pondering the neutrality of our home, plus no budget to speak of I decided to change our dining room chairs. The plan to introduce some colour with restyled shabby chic dining room chairs. With a decision made I started to sourcing mismatched chairs,  chalk paint and curtain fabric.

The chairs came from the shop at the tip, two from a charity shop and one from Vintage Mischief who were holding a sale. Total cost £11.

Chrity shop chair readyt o be transformed into shabby chic chairs, chalk paint and curtin fabric samples at the ready!

They were each painted with chalk paint (rustoleum) and waxed. Due to the heavy wear and tear I applied two coats of paint. This only took 20 minutes a coat. I was able to swap some unopened paints at the local DIY store for the chalk paint – cost nothing:)

Mismatched shabby chic dining room chairs, transform chairs with chalk paint

The time consuming bit, and surprisingly most expensive was recovering the seats. Borrowing a friends Big Shot Sizzix was transforming in terms of accurate cutting of 4″ square – the fabric was sourced from the Big C charity shop, cost £25. My desire for patchwork covers meant buying lots of different fabrics, this inevitably cost more than buying one former pair of curtains.

Use curtain samples to create fun patchwork for reupholstery, great use of fabric scraps

The seats were recovered, using a staple gun to hold the new covers in place. I then sprayed each seat with a stain repellent (my children are not tidy eaters) before screwing back onto the chairs.

Transform your chairs with chalk paint

Overall I am delighted with the result especially as it cost less than £50:) Sadly the chairs are not quite as sturdy as I originally thought – beware always double check the quality of your bargain before spending hours transforming it!

Upcycled Shabby Chic dining room chairs - use fabric scraps to recover chairs plus chalk piant to add a splash of colour to your dining room

It’s amazing what a splash of colour and upcycling can do to uplift a space. If you are looking for further dining room ideas then visit Top Reveal, they have a great selection of ideas to inspire you.





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23 thoughts on “Restyled Shabby Chic Dining Room Chairs”

  1. They are so colourful. What a great look. Can you add anything to strengthen them? Or will you have to put teasel heads on the seats to stop people sitting on them, like they do in some stately homes?

    I really like your door. A fabulous shape.

  2. They do look fab, and I assume you have lots of fabric left so that’s a bonus. Good tip about checking the sturdiness, I wouldn’t have though of that, so thanks,

  3. Wow! You’ve inspired me to give serious thought to refinishing an old cane chair that I’ve been reluctant to say goodbye to in my garage. The kids call it ‘The Poo Chair’ as it’s actually an antique commode! But very vintage and beautiful. Thankfully the bucket underneath is long gone but it still looks like a beautiful wicker chair in desperate need of new fabric. I might have to get onto it!

  4. I love your chairs – interesting to read as it’s on my ‘to do’ list for our house too. I have two charity shop antique children’s chairs too which are waiting for a makeover as well!

  5. Actually, from what I could see of it, I rather liked that dining room set… It goes well with that CUTE DOOR!!
    BTW, *before* buying ANY thrifty chair, ALWAYS flip it to see the underside “frame” structure and TEST it for wobbles!! WELL-made OLD ones usually *do* survive the test of time! – Otherwise, your chairs are CUTE!
    BTW, did you have a go at that lovely Bench..? Now, THAT in a nice chalk paint would look fabulous! – And the walls could do with a bit of LARGE “art” to make the room “pop”! – [and just put that “arched” mirror over the bench to make space and to properly “reflect” the similar design of the door] — Make your own large “canvas” and let the Kids at it!

  6. I LOVE these! They look fantastic and for such a good price. I have also been watching the Great Interior Design Challenge, they have some great ideas. Thank you for sharing on #ThriftyThursday


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