When we got our new dining table a few people asked me about what chairs we put with it. At the time, I didn't know what we were going to do. We had 2 different sets of chairs and were trying to figure out how we'd sell our other table...and which chairs we'd sell with it.
The old table was fine. I bought it when I was single and it was great for a long time. Before kids. It was a polished wood table and scratched easily. Not the best for little ones who seemed to scratch it just by looking at it. An 'off limits' kind of dining room is not workable in our house so we had to get a table that would stand up to the kiddos.
We love the rough Pottery Barn table we got, but since we splurged on it, there wasn't anything left in the budget to buy a new set of chairs. We Craigslisted the other table and included the wood chairs that I had with it. They had white seats which was also a no-no with kids.
We kept four upholstered chairs. Two with arms, two without. I liked the stripey fabric on the chairs, but the tan/brown tones didn't mesh well with the newly painted gray dining room walls. I knew I had to cover them.
I love white, which is pretty obvious when looking at the decor choices I typically make. And as I browsed online for inspiration I kept coming across pictures like this:
I took these pictures last February, whoa, it was a whole year ago! I had planned on putting together a tutorial because I was really happy with how the covers turned out. But...I ended up scrapping the ones I made when I found another alternative.
I tucked the white covers and fabric away for the future. I can always get them out and finish them for a holiday or something. I had fun plans for painting them once they were done. I'd still like to do it...someday.
So these covers solved the problem of 4 of the chairs. Although, I still have some things to finish, like cutting a hole in the side of the fabric covers so I can reattach the chair arms. Right now they are looking lovely with the arms hanging down. (hopefully you can sense the sarcasm) Pretty, right?
The stair runner can be seen from the dining room too, and it's got a similar pattern/color. Yay for coordinating without trying! :)