The workshop space in our Eastbourne shop is becoming more and more popular, we have a range of workshops to book on to as well as our social 'open sewing' mornings 4 mornings a week! When we first opened the shop I bought 4 second hand chairs, painted them and re covered them with some of our gorgeous Dashwood Studio Cotton / Linen blend fabrics. To accommodate more people I have been using some fold up chairs around the table whilst keeping an eye out on local selling sites for some more second hand chairs! Last week a set of 4 were advertised for only £40, I snapped them up and took them home.
I don't have a lot of spare time which is why I really love the ease of chalk paint! There is no prep required and being precise and 'neat' in your painting isn't needed as the effect you get is quite a shabby chic style. The seat pads are quite often screwed on and easily removed.
Once removed you will need 2 or 3 coats of paint, depending on the original colour of the wood and the effect you are trying to get.
Covering the seat pads couldn't be more straight forward! Choose either a canvas style material or a heavier weight cotton suitable for home furnishings. The Dashwood Cotton / linen blends are also great for this.
You need a staple gun and a sharp pair of scissors! Cut enough fabric to cover over the seat pad and fit under a couple of inches. There's no need to remove the fabric currently on the seat pad, you can cover over the top! Using the staple gun, attach each four sides and then work your way round stretching and stapling the fabric to the seat pad to ensure a nice smooth and tight finish.
Once the paint is dry and you have covered the seats, screw the seat pads back on to the chair and voila, you have a total transformation of some tired looking chairs to new, bright fresh and clean looking ones that you can be assured that no one else will have!!
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