Saturday, October 6, 2012

My kitchen chairs - lesson learned!

 So these chair are on their third look since I first bought them in Goodwill.  They were exactly what I wanted at the time, but the black fabric on them looked old shabby reeeeeally quick.  Couldn't have been from my three hoodlum children, I'm sure.
 So I got the brilliant idea of recovering them in this gorgeous vinyl flannel back material I found in a Hancock's Fabric store.  It really was a splendid idea - Mommy  the kids spilled and I could wipe it right off without worrying about a thing!  You can see the original post HERE, which was a fairly big hit in the blog world and even on Pinterest.
However, as brilliant as the idea was, there was a small problem.  Since the vinyl fabric has no "give" over time it got stressed and "popped".  Yes, popped.  You see, one day my hubby plopped down on the chair and there was the sound of a balloon popping.  We couldn't figure out what it was.... then we looked at the seat and it had a long "crack" in it.  Split.  Regular fabric does not do this because it has "give".  Plastic does not.
 I believe however that this would be prevented by taking a pin and poking little pin holes in it.  That would let the air out instead of make it "pop" and split when it gets sat on.  So if you were one of those who "pinned it", then "pin it" (literally)!   Hardy har...  Okay, the other thing is... don't let your three year old near your newly reupholstered seat cushions with an exact-o knife.  In fact, probably best not to let him have an exact-o knife at all!  Lesson learned.

So now I have  benches at my table (black and white harlequin - in case you missed them check them out HERE) and have these chairs to get rid of.  I figure there was no way I could sell them "as is" so I quick recovered them with new fabric this afternoon.  I couldn't find a piece big enough for all of them, so I did them coordinating and I really like the way they turned out!  Now hopefully someone will take them off my hands as I don't have room to store them any longer!
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  1. Love the coordinating fabric - I'm sure someone will pick them up in no time!

    Visiting from Tip Junkie

  2. If at first...I love your perseverance.

  3. thank you for sharing your lessons! so good in fact, that I'd like to invite you to come link it up with us.... (or choose the halloween link-up party...

  4. lesson learned. I totally understand about the xacto knife.
    With my was a pocket knife. Live and learn. They did...and they carry now that they're grown. What can I say...I raised boys to men!
    But not without ...replacing chair cushions, window screens, and 1 trampoline mat! oh yea... boys will be boys!
    Don't you love 'em? Pat

  5. Pin it! Ha ha...

    I love this!

    I'd love to have you link up at my Weekend party!

  6. Great post, and a tip to remember. I love the way the chairs look now! They won't last long, I'm sure.
    Debbie :)

  7. i love the idea of using two different fabrics! so cool!

  8. Hi Kammy, I remember reading this post awhile back and today was looking at my dining room chairs, thinking that I need an updated set. If you are still selling these please email me.... thanks!!


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