Don't you love free stuff? My wonderful sister-in-law GAVE me four chairs. My nephew sanded them down for me. Then I spray painted them black, brushed on 2 coats of black paint, used the electric sander to distress them, and finally I freshened them up with some new fabric. (Actually, my mom put the fabric on the chairs...more about her later in another post...she is the "queen of home projects")
I am so happy with the way they turned out.
It really is easy to give dining chairs a new look. Just a little paint and fabric can totally change the look of a chair. Just a couple of hints if you are thinking about replacing the fabric on your chairs YOURSELF....
1-DON'T, I repeat, DON'T get striped fabric. Sometimes it is hard to keep the lines straight.
2-DO get a fabric that can be turned different directions...ie - checks, leopard print, zebra print or florals.
3-DON'T be afraid to "think outside of the box". My friend painted the chair at her kitchen desk lime green and then put a bold black and white damask fabric on it....adorable!
4-DO look at magazines for ideas. Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs are two of my most favorite places to look, and they are...you guessed it...FREE:)