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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

New Whites in the Dinning Room

I finally finished my dinning room chairs.
It wasn't really a daunting project, well maybe in my mind only.

Four chairs to paint.
4 Times x 4 chairs.
Sand and stain.
Remove the 3 layers of upholstery.
Add a layer of cotton batting.
Reupholster in simple white fabric.
Sew four seat slipcovers.

It sound like a lot, but really, each chair only took 2 days to paint.
One day to reupholster all of the chairs.
One day to make several of the slipcovers.

All in all, I think I finished the whole project within 2 weeks with lots of swimming breaks in between.

The best part is that I had to purchase nothing.
The chairs came free from one of my cosigners at my old shop.
I used fabric I already had, a cheap lightweight cotton denim from Walmart.
The paint was some I had used on some of my interior walls.
First, two coats of flat paint, a coat of Annie Sloan Old White and the top coat was semi-gloss.

You may be wondering why I painted the semi-gloss over the Annie Sloan.
The first chair I tried to like the chair before the semi-gloss, but I did not like just plain waxing.
I used my go to method of using semi-gloss and either let life (meaning 3 children) distress a piece of furniture or sand and stain the furniture.

Simple ruffled slipcover.

Look at those legs!

Ballarina ties on the back.

I like the look with the full slipcovered parson chairs, my newly slipcovered white chairs and the vintage farm chairs.

Now, if only I could do something about that table!
How about you?
Have you finished any projects lately?

I am sharing my white chairs with Kathleen from Faded Charm for White Wednesday.
Miss Mustard Seed for Furniture Feature Friday.
Courtney from French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Cindy from My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.


  1. I've finished NO projects lately and am actually supposed to be working on one right now, but I'm on the computer instead. Your new chairs look gorgeous. I like your idea of natural kid-distressing.

  2. Absolutely lovely, I would like to make slipcovers like that also:))

  3. these are wonderful Alaina!! beautiful job, love the ballet ties!

  4. I thought the Annie Sloan had a nice shiny waxy sheen....spare me some time will ya before I go buy some wax

    1. Nope, actually Annie Sloan paint is more like a flat paint.

  5. I love all of your projects. the chairs turned out amazing and those ruffled slipcovers are simply to die for. well done!

  6. looks fabulous!

    your chairs look very much like my kitchen chairs! i can't sew so i cheated and used rachel ashwell ruffled linen pillow shams and simply sewed long strips of linen for the ties. so easy to live with since they can pulled off and thrown in the wash!

    hope you'll stob by soon.


  7. What a great DIY! Your chairs look beautiful. Have a great weekend!

  8. They look great! I am about to tackle my 6!

  9. Now that's a lot of work Alaina! They all turned out beautifully! If I could only borrow you for----say, a week : ) I imagine that you are so happy to have this project behind you. Awesome job!
    hugs from here...

  10. All your hard work has really paid off. So many chairs can be so time consuming, but these are fabulous. Love the covers and the way you tied them to the legs. Very nice!

  11. They look beautiful, Alaina! Ballerina ties are my favorite look. Simply & sweet with the ruffles. I hope you've been well! xo Jami

  12. Terrific job on those chairs! Wow, they came out great. I love the ruffled slipcovers with those ballet-tied legs. Lovely!

  13. So lovely~ I love how your slips came out! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

  14. Your chairs are so beautiful... I love the slipcovers! You did an amazing job. I have never made slipcovers but have wanted to... in the past I just go the easy route and change out the seat cover but you have inspired me to think about trying to slipcover in the future!


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