Monday, January 9, 2017

Recovering Dining Chairs With Men's Dress Shirts!

So we're nine days into the new year.  HOW DID YOU SPEND NEW YEARS EVE?

Let me tell you how I spent mine.
I was in Iowa.  Cuz I got some swell family and swell friends that live in that swell state.
But holy smokes is Iowa cold.  That part is not swell.  Michigan ain't got nothin' on those Iowa winds.  I felt like I was back in the tropics coming home to Michigan!

Anyways, the night before, my friend Rebekah decides to have a New Year's gathering at her newly purchased awesome bachelorette pad.  She really wanted to paint the dining room/kitchen before the party that night so along with her sister, I showed up and we got to work.  Well you know how discombobulated a room looks when you're painting, and then boxes of stuff from just moving in, and well I just had a hard time thinking she was going to have the house ready for a party in nine hours.  But not only did we have the room painted and Bek got the house in tip-top shape, but her and I decided we had plenty o' time to recover her dining room chairs!

DISCLAIMER: I didn't bring my camera, so I'm sorry for the low quality phone pics!

Rebekah is brilliant when it comes to home decor.  Well shucks, she's brilliant at other things too, but I especially think her style is tops.  She brought out a big stack of old men's dress shirts and said we'd be using them to recover the chairs.  AWESOME!!!!  Especially since at least one was her late Grandpa's.  Presh.

We opened them up and laid the seat cushion in the middle of the shirt.

Pull the fabric up around the edges super tight so there's no bubbles.  And also if you're too lazy to iron the shirts first - which we were - this will pull out the wrinkles.  Boom.

When using a non-batter powered staple gun, you'll more than likely need to hammer the staples down more.  Cuz they're just pain in the butts like that.  I always thought it was just mine, but nope.  Her's too.

Rebekah and I stayed nourished with plenty of chocolate to help us complete the task.
Make sure you don't skip that step or you could end up very unhealthy.
Because really, chocolate is cocoa.  And cocoa is a plant.  Which makes chocolate a salad.  And we all know ordering a salad is always the healthy choice....

So check out this gorgeous line up!  How cooooool to not have them all matchy-matchy!
They are different shades of grays, greens, purples and blues.  Some solid, some striped, some gingham, all awesome.  

There were eight chairs, and it only took the two of us about an hour.  An hour and chocolate.
Or maybe two hours.  Cuz time flies when I'm with Bek.  Cuz I love her.  A lot.
And I love her "new" chairs.  A lot.  And I'm glad I got to be a part of them.  A lot glad.

I should probably tell you she painted the chairs with light gray chalk paint, but not just any chalk paint.  It was SPRAY PAINT form.  And don't ask me any more questions about it because I DON'T KNOW.  I've never used it.  All I know is she said it was easy.  And she liked it.  So there's that.

We should have some photos of us with the chairs, right?  Cuz that's just what you do when you're a blogger.  But hubby took them on his phone and well....  quality is lacking but hey,  just like I'm not perfect, and you isn't perfect, pictures can't always be either.  So give them a break. :)

Like this project?  Here's an image for you to pin! 
And please do pin it, because it took me a long time to put this image together for you.
(So it's hard to be a techy when you're just NOT A TECHY).

OH AND GUESS WHAT?!  I did a thing.  A new thing for the new year.  I got on Instagram.  Now I'm really feeling techy.  Just don't expect twitter, or snapchat, or whatever else is out there to happen in this decade. K?  So now I'd be tickled if you chose to follow me on:

One more thing, STAY TUNED: because I thought of something to do with the sleeves.  (After I told Rebekah I had no ideas and she cut them up for rags!). 

Thanks for stopping by!  While you're on the Korner, you  might also like:

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  1. Absolutely LOVE this idea!!!! Great DIY. Definitely pinning!!!

  2. What a smart idea . . . I love using old things to create something new and exciting. You are so clever:)

  3. I love this idea so, so much-it's even more special that she used shirts that were special to her! The mis-matched look is awesome with the gray chairs!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style


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