Monday, March 12, 2012

My Modernized Dining Area

Does anyone remember the picture I showed you of the dining area in my kitchen in one of my very first blog posts?  It's okay if you don't remember.  I tend to block out ugly things too.  In case you forgot, here it WAS:

The ugliness is now gone!!  I want to share a bunch of pictures I took after we updated everything.  I'm not finished decorating by any stretch, but I can actually walk into my dining area now and feel like I'm at home.   

In addition to pics of the dining area update, I also wanted to show you how I redid my seat covers on my kitchen chairs.

Here is the original seat over.  Not horrible, but pretty dated.

So I went to my local fabric store and asked for their home decor fabrics.  I know these fabrics tend to be more expensive, but they end up looking beautiful and are equally durable. 

I didn't even know where to begin.  They had 3 aisles of home decor fabric! 

 Lucky for me, the young lady at the counter was very patient, and went around cutting me a million samples to bring home.

I brought my samples home a laid them out on my new rug.  As busy as the rug is, I wanted something fairly simple for the seat covers. 

This is where Garret's help was nice.  I was pretty overwhelmed from the huge selection I had just looked at.  He had fresh eyes, and helped me narrow it down to two.  I, of course, made the final decision(hehe).

I covered each seat with a white buffer fabric to be certain none of the original seat color would show through.

Then I laid my cushions out on my home decor fabric.  I did this to make sure I didn't run short. It's too expensive(in my book)  to make any mistakes.

Then I stapled the new fabric over my old seats.

And, TADA!!  Good as new!



I hope you like it as much as I do!

Oh, by the way, I'm going to be hosting an AMAZING product review and giveaway series here in about a week.  It's called "Domestic Bliss: A Kitchen and Laundry Room Product Review and Giveaway Series". 

I have some seriously awesome homemade products to show you from several Etsy shops, and the best part is.....there's a giveaway!  Here's a little teaser to show you a few of the great products!

Linking up at the following blogs, please drop by and check them out:
Coastal Charm:
Between Naps on the Porch:
Three Mango Seeds
How to Nest for Less
Type A
The Sasse Life
The Shappy Creek Cottage


  1. What a great transformation!!! I LOVE the chairs!!

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  2. Thank you so much Christine! Thanks for hosting it!

  3. Nice work! It looks so much crisper and cleaner.:)

  4. Thanks! It's amazing how a few simple things can make a huge difference!

  5. Visiting from Transformation Thursday. I absolutely love this project and you are truly talented!

    Thanks for the inspiration and have a great weekend.


  6. Fantastic! You must be so happy! Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

  7. Love the fabric you chose, the chairs look great !