I came across this image of chairs recovered in beautiful serape fabric on A Beautiful Mess a while back and almost died! Holy Mother of All Things Colorful! Why had I never thought of this?! I have been wanting to recover our dining room chairs from the moment we brought them home. I had been passively looking at fabrics here and there, but never found one that I loved (or would pay that much money for). Then, I saw this picture, and I knew that I needed that in my life. The problem was, no longer living in Texas, or anywhere near Mexico, how was I going to get my hands on one of these gorgeous blankets?
I checked online, and found them at varying costs and in various colors, but just couldn't pull the trigger. The answer finally came when I went home for my little brother's wedding in May. While in Houston, we made a pit stop at Trader's Village (an insanely large flea market), and I found the blanket I had been searching for (at a very reasonable price)! Woo-hoo! I picked one that had the same sangria color as the hutch in my dining room, and happily toted it back to Virginia in my luggage.
Executing this task wasn't so much difficult as it was labor intensive.
Here's what you need:
-Blanket (make sure it is enough to cover all of your chairs)
-Flat head screwdriver
-Electric drill or Phillips head screwdriver
How to do it:
Start by unscrewing the seat cushions from the chair frame.
You'll need to use your flat head screwdriver to remove the staples from the bottom cover.
I chose to leave the top cover on. It makes it a bit easier, and helps it keep its shape.
Lay your cushion on the blanket where you would like it.
Cut around the cushion, making sure to leave enough around the edges to fold over the cushion.
Fold the edges over the back, making sure to pull it snug, and tuck the corners under, before stapling.
Replace the back cover, stapling over the edges of the new top cover.
Set the cushions back on the chair frame, and replace to screws to secure it.
Sit back and enjoy the results of all your "hard" work!