Monday, March 10, 2014

Unifying Vintage Chairs with Paint & Fabric

Okay. So much has unexpectedly happened in our dining room over the last month or so.

We randomly sold our 1990s dining room table and chairs to one of my customers after I had painted a vintage drop leaf table and we saw what it looked like in our dining room.
That vintage table ended up being a tad too small and I then sold it to another customer.
I used the money from the our original dining set to make a much needed home improvement (hello new toilet...yeah I went there) and to purchase this large antique drop leaf table.

Drool. I'm in love. And, it's for keeps this time.  The guy we bought it from told us he originally got it at an auction and it was from the 1830s. I'm always leery of such claims and I can neither confirm or deny this to be true, but, for now, I'm going with it. Bonus: we only paid $100! I've also been making loads of pot pies and bread from scratch because I like to feel like I'm eating an authentic meal at the table. Ha!

Anyway, the selling of the dining room set left me down a couple of chairs, so I picked up a set of two off of craigslist and divised a plan to unify them all.
Here they are before updates. You all remember the aqua chairs from our dining rooms previous incarnation.  I decided to go for a truly vintage modern look because I thought it would be a fun juxtaposition with the old worn, wood table.

I achieved this by first painting all four chairs with General Finishes Antique White (the same color used on our new coffee table so it flows beautifully between the two spaces).

I did no distressing and sealed them with some poly.

I also wanted to unify the seats with something super durable. (With the exception of a couple of old piano stools at our kitchen island used for breakfast by my boys, the dining room is our only space to eat).
My Mom came up with the idea of using a faux leather and Online Fabric Store helped me out by supplying me with our chosen fabric.

I super love the creamy camel colored fabric of this Emu Faux Leather Vinyl. I love the subtle animal print. And I am really loving that they can just be wiped clean.

Seriously, I highly recommend using Online Fabric Store. The quality of the fabric is amazing. 


  1. I like mixed-up chairs. So much more interesting than match-mactchy!

    I REALLY like the faux leather. Great color!

    Linking from Mod Mix Monday,
    Ricki Jill

  2. LOVE them and love the faux leather! love the change! :)

  3. Love the chairs. I went to Ikea yesterday and my oh my.

  4. I love your mix and match chairs, but that table! Wow did you get a great deal! The faux leather is a great choice for chair covers. I made custom covers for our kitchen chairs without prewashing the decorator fabric. After one holiday with lots of spills the covers were history!

  5. Love the fabric and I love that they aren't distressed. So pretty!

  6. LOVE!!! The leather and white and mismatchedness works so well with that table! And those casters! Swoon!! Your dining room is just beautiful!

  7. love that table and the camel seats - amazing!

  8. Love the seats of the chairs and the antique white!

  9. what a great deal on that table! And wipe-clean seats are definitely the way to go; the chairs look fabulous!

  10. GORGEOUS!!! That table is amazing lady! What an absolute find! And how brilliant is that faux leather...boy could I use that with the beans! It looks beautiful! High fives friend!!! And a wonderful week to you! Nicole xoxo

  11. I am totally in love with your place! That table! LOVE!

  12. I love that your chairs are different, but unified! And the table is awesome Angela!


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