Dining Chairs Transformed!

Oh man… I know I told you guys I was planning to post the after-pics of our dining chairs by the end of last week. But then I got violently ill, and then it was the weekend. Sooooo. Sorry! I’m better now! And so are these chairs!

Do you recall how they started out when we first received this set from my Grandmother??


The mismatched vintage fabric and bright yellow paint is endearing in it’s own way, but it just didn’t go with the flow of our home. And you KNOW I can’t just leave things as-is!

We showed you last week how we reinforced each chair to be more stable and secure (that post here), and sanded off the glossy-ness of the yellow paint to prepare them to be repainted.

How to stabilize wobbly dining chairs {Sawdust and Embryos}

And if you follow on instagram, you may have guessed that we’re using this (also vintage) fabric to reupholster the cushions!

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Nick was skeptical. And I know you are too.

I had a vision of using mint and gold as accents in the dining room, so I went to Etsy and did a search for ‘Vintage Floral Mint Fabric’… and would you believe there were thousands of search results? I didn’t have anything specific in mind that I was looking for. Just browsing. But when I saw this fabric, I knew we were meant to be together.

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It’s actually two curtain panels. And I paid $50 total… which is pretty fantastic since it’s genuine vintage! I had to do some seam-ripping in order to have enough to upholster all 6 chairs, but it worked out perfectly!

Reupholstering dining chair cushions with vintage fabric! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Meanwhile, Nick did the fumey work (in the interest of Baby Sy’s brain development) of painting the chairs with the paint gun. We went with the same minty color we used on this desk (Sherwin Williams ‘Waterscape’) because we love it so much. And because it was the perfect muted version of the mint flower in the fabric.

Here’s a very ‘real life’ pic of the chairs in the garage. Isn’t the pool noodle a great accent?

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After a couple coats of paint, we sealed with Rustoleum Ultimate Polyurethane… which is actually water-based, so it doesn’t have a yellowish tint!

Mint Dining Chairs with Vintage Fabric {Sawdust and Embryos}

We haven’t added the clear plastic to the the chair cushions yet (like we did here), because we’re wanting to research some other fabric-protecting options this time around. You know we’ll keep you posted! Until then, we won’t be having spaghetti for dinner with the food fights that happen around here. Oh wait, that’s just what it looks like after our two tiny spawns are done eating.

Gold dining table, mint chairs, and vintage cushions! {Sawdust and Embryos}

We ended up pulling up the painted linoleum rug because the pattern was tooooo busy paired with that pig floral print, so I’m going to have to repaint it! Good thing it’s such a simple fix… rather than paying for a NEW 6×9 area rug. Those suckers are expensive!

Mint dining chairs, vintage fabric, and gold dining table! {Sawdust and Embryos}

I’m proud to report that Nick is loving this look and how the dining room is coming together! Though I’m thinking some of you are still not loving the vintage fabric I chose for the cushions because it reminds you of that horrific wallpaper in your kitchen back in the 70’s… and to you I say: GREAT NEWS! You can just sit back and be glad these chairs are in my house and not yours, right?! Right. And knowing how often I like to change things out, it will likely not stay like this for long. Upholstered dining cushions are one of those amazing things that are easy to change for a new pop of color or pattern when the mood strikes.

In this room, we still plan on:

  • hanging curtains on the window and sliding glass door (likely a solid color because of the busyness of the chair cushions)
  • repainting a linolium area rug for under the dining table
  • Designing/rehanging the gallery wall above the credenza
  • Installing recessed lighting


If you haven’t already, be sure to check out these other DIY updates we’ve made in our dining room recently!

Credenza Transformation {Sawdust and Embryos} Wood Stain Artwork Technique {Sawdust and Embryos}
Scallopped Scrolly Mirror... for centerpiece OR starburst mirror! {Sawdust and Embryos} Paint and trim updates {Sawdust and Embryos}
How to stabelize wobbly dining chairs {Sawdust and Embryos} Patching and Matching Hardwood Floors {Sawdust and Embryos}

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