As I hinted at last week, I'm happy to show you my first project of the new year today! You all were so kind about the Louis style chairs that I found at TJ Maxx when I shared how I darkened the finish on them. So, how do you like them now?
All along, I was happy with the upholstery on these chairs, but you know I couldn't leave well enough alone. However, I didn't want to disassemble the back to add a fun fabric, so I thought these might work. Glue dots are easily found at most craft stores, and I used the "Super Strength, Multi-Use" variety. It stated on the box that they could be used with textiles, so I thought I'd give it a try.
This was my method: I used a piece of tissue paper to trace the back of the chair, and then used that for a pattern to cut out my fabric. I tried to get it to fit exactly within the frame. Then, I applied a glue dot about every 3-4 inches around the perimeter of the fabric, getting close to the edge. Mash it down hard into the fabric so it will stay flat and smooth when you peel the paper back.
Next, affix the fabric to the back of the chair, pressing each spot where a glue dot is very firmly. Finally, I used a thin braided trim to cover the edge. I applied it with small dots of hot glue every few inches, making sure that I was gluing to the spotted fabric and not the original chair fabric (just in case I ever want to go back to the original). Since this panel is tucked inside the frame of the chair, it never gets any wear so I expect this to hold up well.
And that's it! I'm still surprised when I walk in the room and see them at the major impact it made in the space!
The spots on the chairs echo the polka dot walls on the other side of the kitchen, which I didn't take down after Christmas...I had a feeling I'd leave them up!
I've got two more additions planned in this little breakfast nook, and then I'll call it finished! One is fast and easy, one will take me a while. I'll keep you posted!