Ok. What was this post about again? Oh, yes... my dining room chairs! I was in the process of making over our dining room to give it a more eclectic and modern appeal, and found 8 Ikea Roger Dining Chairs on Craigslist for $200. These chairs are no longer available in-store, but I really like the clean lines and the 'blank canvas' aspect of them. The curved back echoed the shape of the base of our dining room table (a clearance find at one of those chain furniture stores - $300!), and the color of the wood worked perfectly. What didn't ring my bell was the boring cream micro fiber upholstery on the seats. Blah! Maybe it was easy to clean, but it added no visual interest to our space.
1. Remove any screws that are keeping the seat down, and take out the seat.
2. Lay your seat on the fabric and cut around it, leaving enough room around the edge to fold up over and staple, about 2 inches in this case. Having a toddler march around on your previously wrinkle-free fabric is optional :-) Having the toddler stand on the seat to make sure it stays put while your cutting is really handy, too. Once he starts jumping on and off of the seat, it may be time to turn on Curious George cartoons as a distraction. Groooan.
3. If you end up with any wrinkles in your fabric post-toddler-stomping, you might want to iron it.
4. Line up your seat, top down, on the reverse side of a trimmed out piece of fabric, pull the fabric taught over the edge, and staple. I start at the middle of each edge with one staple, then work my way out from each staple to the corners, smoothing and pulling gently as I go to create a perfect edge. The goal is to have it snug, but also to avoid wrinkles and dents.
What do you think? I love it! I love a simple, inexpensive project that makes an impact. Now I just have to do something about that hideous, builder-installed light fixture.... suggestions, anyone?