When we first moved into this home, I felt a little silly having a dining room and a breakfast nook. It felt so indulgent! Prior to living here, we had lived in nothing but tiny apartments that didn’t even have an official dining space, so it felt downright luxurious to not only have room for a giant table in our dining room (it’s 104″ long!) but to also have a breakfast nook…and with a bay window to boot!
But, after living here for over a year and a half, I’ve become quite attached to our little breakfast nook and now I can’t imagine life without it. We use it all the time. Corey eats breakfast here daily, and we sit down to a big breakfast here every single Saturday morning.
And guess what? We use the dining room too!
I still feel a little silly saying that we actually need two separate dining spaces, but, um, we do now.
It’s so nice to have this little area in the kitchen to plop down for a quick breakfast or lunch (or just do get some work done), but to also have the giant dining table for when we have guests or want to sit down and have a nice dinner at home together.
So, in summary, we love the breakfast nook. And, really, it’s the only area in the kitchen that actually feels kind of “complete”. We think the furniture in this little area is perfect, and it’s really come together nicely over the last few months.
But, can we talk about those chairs? Here’s what they originally looked like:
Ugh. I love them so much it’s almost embarrassing, but that fabric? HOT MESS. I actually like the color, but it’s gross, dirty, and completely falling apart.
We’ve been meaning to recover them for forever, but I have had complete design paralysis when it comes to actually choosing a fabric. Should I go floral? Graphic? Pop of color? Neutral?
I DON’T KNOW!
After months (and months and months) of indecision, I finally decided it was time to just make a decision and go for it. After all, it’s not like it’s particularly difficult to recover them if I hate the fabric I choose.
So, last week I finally ordered some fabric.
I went with a scallop pattern in navy. It’s more color than a black or gray fabric would have been (and this area definitely needs color) but it’s neutral enough that we can still layer in colorful accessories without worrying about clashing. And, it ties in nicely with the navy accents that we have in our dining room, which is a win-win for me.
So finally, after owning these babies for more than 6 months, I recovered them this weekend. I’m always tempted to gloss over the steps to recovering chairs, but it’s something I’ve gotten asked about a lot in the past so I’ll go over it again – I promise it’s ridiculously simple.
Remove the seat part of the chair.
Remove the old fabric. Curse at the chair many times while you do this. Remember that this is by far the most difficult part of this process.
Cut your fabric to the right size for the chair – leave a few inches on all sides. Lay out the new fabric (iron it first, please!) and plop the seat on top of it.
Enlist your handsome husband (or wonderful wife, or fantastic friend) to help, because this is a two-person job. I mean, you can do it alone if you want, but it’s much easier with someone else.
Pull the fabric tight on one side. Staple.
Keep going. Cut off the extra fabric when you’re done. I know that’s not particularly descriptive, but this is one of those things you’ve just gotta learn as you go. It’s like wrapping a present…and just remember that if you mess up, it takes just a few seconds to remove the staple and try it again!
Put the chair back together and marvel at the amazing job you did.
This might sound dramatic, but I feel like this transforms this entire little nook. The navy pairs so well with that dark wood and the gold legs, and the whole combination makes me a little weak in the knees. Also, having a bit of pattern in there makes the whole area feel so much more put together and complete.
…now if only we could do something about that terrible floor and wall texture/color. Baby steps!
So, my friend, if you have any old chairs laying around your house that are begging for a transformation, I hope this little tutorial reassures you that it’s incredibly simple to tackle a quick upholstery job on your own and there’s no reason to wait. Just jump in and do it!
Go! Now! I promise it’ll be worth it.