A few years back I came across a dining table and chairs from the 1920’s at a thrift store. It was love at first site, but was of course not large enough for my
shutter wall room dining room and I really didn’t NEED it at the time. A couple days later I just couldn’t stop thinking about it so I went back, AND the set was now on sale. That’s when you know you have to have it! The table is now my desk and the chairs are the seating at our round kitchen table. Their white upholstered seats were a little bit stained, but in decent condition because they had been covered with granny plastic covers. Live or die, I’m not covering my chairs in plastic. The fabric ended up getting pretty nasty after a few months, especially at the edges of the round booster seats but I didn’t really care as I knew that I’d be recovering them someday. I’m pretty terrible at pulling the gun on fabric decisions. I thought about laminated cotton, so I could wipe them down when they got gross. Outdoor fabric was another idea, as it’s pretty resistant to stains.
Then one day I was shopping for jars at walmart (for my sugar scrubs) when I came across rag rugs for $4 a piece. I’ve been thinking about recovering my ottoman with a rug and when I saw these rugs I thought they weren’t quite big enough but they’d be perfect for my chairs. One rug was big enough for two chairs. Using super sharp scissors I sliced it right in half.
I removed the four old flat head screws holding the seat cushion in place.
I placed the cushion, (complete with old cover) on top of the rug and using a staple gun, attached the rug starting at the middle of the sides and working towards the corners.
I stapled the corners last, pleating them up at an angle towards the middle.
Using four fresh phillips screws into the wholes to reattach the cushion to the chair and they were ready to go.
Pretty spiffy change and I’m hoping they’ll resist stains or at least hide them well for a while. At that price and ease of assembly, I don’t freak out when the kids wipe their spaghetti hands on it. Well. Maybe just a little.
As usually, I kinda went a little crazy with the idea. If some is good then more is better? Walmart had one other type of rag rug. Like literally one. One rug. I’ve never seen another one like it since. So I bought it and sewed it in half around a current couch pillow.
And again with another rug that matched the kitchen chairs.
I heart them. Perfect pop of festivity.