I have been on a very slow and thrifty mission to redo my dining room. That mission recently picked up some serious steam after seeing the dining room consultation that Layla from The Lettered Cottage did for Christy from Beach Brights. One of the elements I loved from Layla’s post were these Heather Chadduck inspired chairs. Here are Heather’s gorgeous chairs pictured below.
And just look! Heather was nice enough to monogram the chairs just for me. I love it when designers give customized inspiration, don’t you? In copying this look, I seriously toyed with the idea of taking some white spray paint to my arm chairs (armed chairs? No, that makes them sound like they drink Colt .45 and pack heat under their puffy coats… It must be arm chairs.) I may still end up painting them, but for now I’m too chicken. I am also too chicken to do anything permanent to the chair like nail into it. What can I say? I know myself well. I know that I am as fickle as a flirt when it comes to decorating. I dare say many of you are some flirty fickles as well! So my dear flirty fickles, please join me as I “MacGyver it” here and make my copycat chairs utilizing only what I have on hand.
Materials on hand:
- Foam board
- Staple gun
- Drop cloth/ burlap
- Painter’s tape
- Craft paint and foam brushes
- Glue gun
- Chewing gum (just for pleasure, not necessary for the chair makeover but you better believe that in an emergency I totally would have used it! 🙂
Pictured below is the chair waiting patiently for her salon treatment.
The first order of business is recovering the seat cushion with some burlap. Because, really now, who doesn’t like to sit on scratchy, smelly fabric while dining? So sorry guests of mine, your bum will have to endure it because it’s cheap (the fabric…not your bum) and it gives me the look I am going for. If you are intimidated to recover your seat cushions, don’t be. Nothing could be easier. You just flip the chair back, unscrew the screws, cover the seat with your fabric, and staple the fabric into place. The corners can be tricky, but they’re not at all scary. Just pull, tuck, staple, and pull some more.
I found some nail head trim for 70% off at Joann’s awhile back. Someone had opened the box and it was missing a few nails. I didn’t mind! This trim was so easy to use. You just popped an upholstery tack in place every couple of inches and you were done. So much easier than pounding each tack into place!
Now that the seat is finished, we can move onto the back of our chair. I took a piece of foam board and placed it on the back. I then traced as best I could around the back of the chair. I cut it to size with an exacto knife and made sure it snugly fit. Below is a picture of my cut foam board.
Next, I took some batting (from an old crib bumper–uh-huh, eat your heart out MacGyver) and cut it to the size of the foam board.
I covered the front of the board with a piece of drop cloth and stapled it in place to the back of the board. Just wrap, tuck and staple all the way around. Then I used painter’s tape to mark off the areas for my stripes, took a foam brush with some craft paint (no, it wasn’t even fabric paint) and brushed it on.
To create my beloved “H”, I made a stencil by printing an H in Edwardian Script onto some cardstock and cutting it out with a small exacto knife and scissors. Once my stripes were dry, I sponged some brown paint onto the stencil and created my monogram!
On the flip side of the cushion, I used burlap stapled in place and trimmed it out with glue-gunned brown ribbon.
That is it! Now all you do is push your cushion into place and enjoy!
And if you’re wondering if I recognize that the quality of these photos is beyond terrible, why yes, yes I do. Thanks so much for pointing that out :). Ugh. You’ll have to just use your imagination and pretend that it looks crisp and clear and amazing.
Linking up with Met Monday, made it with what I had, and DIY Day and Transformation Thursday.