First, the good news.
I have been needing to make new seat covers for oh, I hate to admit it… about a year now. We have a cheap little kitchen table set with some pretty sad chairs to go around it. I mean, it’s fine for what it is, but it’s looking pretty worn.
Seven kids can do that to a kitchen set fairly quickly.
All of that is so you don’t cringe in horror when I tell you that I made new seatcovers that are pink.
You’ve seen the pictures, so hopefully you understand that in my kitchen it just… works. (or maybe it’s just my imagination, but humor me!)
It made me happy. It made me smile. Look at Grace here… she’s a happy kid sitting on the new seat covers!
But I couldn’t leave well enough alone. I stood back, loving every second of my seat covers, and then the thought came to me…
“Maybe you should paint the chairs as well. After all, look how much fun you had painting the table!”
That did it.
I HAD to paint the chairs.
The room was just too yellow, and the yellow hue of the wood in the chairs and the counter was just too much. I went to the hardware store, picked up some paint, and had the kids help me take the chairs apart and sand them. They did a GREAT job, and as a reward, they each got to paint a chair (or part of it, at least). I even had some fabric stashed away that would be GREAT for the actual seat itself (you see, the original seat fabric was beyond nasty, and had to be replaced. However, being a mom of many, I knew that the REAL seat would need seat COVERS that could be WASHED. Does this make sense?)
It took two days of work (the original seats were covered in fabric that must have had a hundred staples holding it on! Good grief!), but we finally got it done.
(No, I don’t normally let Grace run around like this. She had just spilled her drink on her shirt, and insisted on being in the chair even though I was trying to take a picture! Just keepin’ it real, here…)
The ONLY thing that I was really thrilled about in the first place!
So now I’m kicking myself for painting the chairs. I should have just replaced the nasty fabric on the seats themselves, put my new hot pink covers on, and gone my merry little way.
I’m so sad.