I really want a white kitchen. If we stay in this house long enough, the kitchen will turn white. But for now, I keep trying to make it work by making small tweaks. This very long post is dedicated to a very easy tweak!
Here is my kitchen before the small tweak:
I was so proud of myself when I bought these stools online and matched them perfectly to my cabinets. But now, all I see everywhere I turn is reddish-brown wood. Blech. I sanded the stools down with my homemade sanding sponge.
And then I spray painted the chairs with Zinsser primer and Rustoleum gloss white. (Sorry for the lack of product pics, but seriously at this point there are about 8,397,403,526,763,164 tutorials on how to spray paint something white. The world doesn’t need one more.)
Painting them white was a step in the right direction but they still looked blah. So I decided to “upholster” the inside of the chairs! I traced the inside using a scrap piece of paper and then cut out the center to create my stencil.
Next, I traced my stencil onto some foam board. My helper was very excited to have me working on the floor.
Deciding I really didn’t want to cut into my wood floor, I moved to the kitchen counter and placed a cutting board behind the foam.
When the foam is cut out, it will fit loosely in the hole. You don’t want it to be too snug.
Using my foam as a template, I cut out some batting and fabric.
You’ll be making a foam and fabric sandwich.
Tip: Don’t leave your batting unattended or your helper might get a bit carried away.
Wrap your fabric around the foam and batting and secure the fabric with hot glue. Place the other piece of batting and foam on top and glue in place.
When you’re done, it will look like a large button. Cover the seam on the backside with trim and place trim around the front of your “button”.
These will pop into place (and can also pop out of place with some effort). If you’ve done it right, they shouldn’t pop out when someone leans back in the chair.
Here is a pic of the inside of the chair. I used two circles of rope on the inside to provide some extra non-popping-out security.
So much better! I also have some fun plans for the kitchen peninsula, but they will have to wait until I can open the windows to ventilate.
Let’s review. Here is the very messy and brown before:
And the much cleaner and brighter after!