If I have one piece of advice for first-time homeowners it's this: Do not say no to hand-me-down furniture. It may not suit your taste from the get-go, but this all can change with a little creativity and TLC.
Roger and I have been very fortunate in the area of furniture inheritance. Thrift shop finds courtesy of his mom, knickknacks from my nana, bed frames from university--our home boasts a mishmash of freebies. Something old, something new seems to be our motto and somehow everything comes together quite nicely.
I almost icksnayed the light oak dining chairs offered to us by my aunt and uncle. I was less than smitten by the floral seat pattern and especially turned off by the plastic covering. It was Roger who said yes when he confirmed that they were extra sturdy and Made in Canada.
Yesterday we gave them a slight makeover and now we are proud to have them in our home!
The reupholster process was surprisingly easy. It took us 2 hours to finish 6 chairs and this included disassembling the pads from the chair bases, cutting the fabric, staple-gunning and putting the pieces back together. We also took tea breaks, naturally.
We decided to go with the "Damask" print to match our living room.
Tada! Old chairs made new in little to no effort. The chairs were free and the fabric cost us only $24. We had a staple gun in the house, but I'm sure these aren't very expensive to buy/rent.
We left the wood plain for now, but we anticipate painting it black or staining it dark brown another weekend. What colour would you recommend??