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Hepplewhite Dining Chair Makeover

July 31, 2015

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WHAT?! You gotta see what she used instead of fabric, for this fun dining chair makeover! Get Grandma's tired old set out of storage, and into this century! Full Tutorial by Fresh Crush for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Good morning!  I'm Jen and I blog over at Fresh Crush.  I'm thrilled to be back for another kick-at-the-can contributing for the super fab DTLB team! So happy to be here with you. I've got a fresh makeover for you today, so let's get to it!

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Last Summer, I scored a set of six, banged up Hepplewhite Chairs, including one captain's chair. They have such a great shape, but they had been living under a very thick reddish lacquer, 50 years of wax, and a bunch of dings and scrapes. Time to bring them into this century with a serious refresh! My Hepplewhite Dining Chair Makeover took a little time, but happened in just a few easy steps.

WHAT?! You gotta see what she used instead of fabric, for this fun dining chair makeover! Get Grandma's tired old set out of storage, and into this century! Full Tutorial by Fresh Crush for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

This was the original. See what I mean? The silhouette was so pretty… times six! I knew this makeover could add a little history and a little brightness to my dining room. Especially when added to my current chairs, for a ton of extra seating around my thrifted dining table.

WHAT?! You gotta see what she used instead of fabric, for this fun dining chair makeover! Get Grandma's tired old set out of storage, and into this century! Full Tutorial by Fresh Crush for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

 

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Materials Needed for Dining Chair Makeover

  • Something to clean the chairs with.
  • Fabric to recover the seats.  You'll see soon that I used a shower curtain from Target!  Think outside the box when it comes to fabric.  Just choose something you love.
  • Paint

Dining Chair Makeover Tutorial

First, get the Kiddo to help give these chairs a serious cleaning! They had been stored for over a year out in a garden shed, when I found them at the yard sale, so they needed a little love.

WHAT?! You gotta see what she used instead of fabric, for this fun dining chair makeover! Get Grandma's tired old set out of storage, and into this century! Full Tutorial by Fresh Crush for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Next up, strip all six seat covers and plan out something durable and modern. I fell in love with a shower curtain at Target, and having this offset embroidered stripe was absolutely perfect! But… that faded (and smelly) wood, is needing a little help.

WHAT?! You gotta see what she used instead of fabric, for this fun dining chair makeover! Get Grandma's tired old set out of storage, and into this century! Full Tutorial by Fresh Crush for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Last thing to do? Get some paint on these beauties! We went from brassy wood, and Victorian red and gold patterns, to a simple, clean, creamy paint, in the palest shade of grey. It can read white or grey depending on the light and mixes perfectly with that indigo denim color of the shower curtain fabric.

WHAT?! You gotta see what she used instead of fabric, for this fun dining chair makeover! Get Grandma's tired old set out of storage, and into this century! Full Tutorial by Fresh Crush for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

The embroidered stripe adds the perfect homey touch, and rich pattern, and it works wonderfully on both seat sizes. And, I gotta say, this Captain's Chair is quickly becoming my new fav!

WHAT?! You gotta see what she used instead of fabric, for this fun dining chair makeover! Get Grandma's tired old set out of storage, and into this century! Full Tutorial by Fresh Crush for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

What a transformation! A bit dark, sad and worn, to, bright, light and modern! Isn't it amazing what a little elbow grease and paint can do?

WHAT?! You gotta see what she used instead of fabric, for this fun dining chair makeover! Get Grandma's tired old set out of storage, and into this century! Full Tutorial by Fresh Crush for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Let's take a peek at these lovelies around my restored dining table. I think the painted base and these new chairs go great with one another, and they look great along-side my banana leaf chairs too. Perfect for those large holiday gatherings… which, seem like they're right around the corner! (*Gasp* I said it).

Fun makeovers, are my jam! I hope you liked this one — you might want to pop over to Fresh Crush, and check out my, Vintage Camp Trailer Makeover, or my Easy Ceiling Fan Makeover!  You can also find me on social media:

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  1. These chairs turned out beautifully! I LOVE that you used a shower curtain for the “fabric”!

  2. Love this makeover! The set is so great in white. Great update to the cushions.

  3. […] Guys! Find me over at Designer Trapped today, where I’m sharing an incredible makeover of a set of beat up, Hepplewhite Chairs, I […]

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