Last week, I posted a teaser pic on social media declaring my love for all things oilcloth. Do you know oilcloth? It’s colorful and durable and fun and inexpensive… that’s a fabric holy grail right there.
I bought two sets of chairs for our kitchen table a few years ago, spray painted them white and reupholstered the seats with two different fabrics. Those fabrics were glorious and I loved them, but they were dis-gusting. Meal after meal of cheerios and macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets and popsicles were engrained in those fabrics. They needed to go. And fast.
(One set of seat cushions needed to be unscrewed from the bottom and the other set just popped right off… anytime you need to redo a chair, it should be this easy to remove the seat so don’t be scared off by less than pristine fabric!)
I’m not going to go into detail on the actual upholstery, but you’re welcome to look here for some of my other upholstery posts… I wrapped each seat in oilcloth, stapled the edges, and put them back on the chairs. (I also took this opportunity to give the chairs themselves a quick once over with some more spray paint… what. a. difference. Turns out sticky fingers DO make a mess of everything.)
The oilcloth is amazing. Like amazing amazing. Sure, crumbs still get stuck in the cracks, but… these cushions are impervious to my kids and their wayward eating habits!
The mixed blues are a fun little homage to the previous cushions. I was worried that we would ‘stick’ to these cushions, but you don’t. I mean… I’m usually wearing clothes when I sit at the table so I can’t swear to the non-stick thing, but so far they’ve been great!
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