A New Look for the Dining Room Chairs

A new look for the dining room chairs that are in the bay window

have been on the agenda for some time now.

I came across a fabric store that I have never been to and discovered

some great fabrics at great prices.

Pillow fabric came home with me that day and weeks later I found some fabric

that was the perfect color and the classic design I was looking for.

That fabric was on sale plus an extra 40% off! I bought all of the yardage on the bolt

which was a little over 9 yards and it came to less than $5.00/yard.

Here is the result:

Dining Room - Bay Window - Housepitality Designs

Here is the before. The Ethan Allen Martha Washington chairs that I purchased

at an estate sale. They were in great condition; however, the fabric was dated.

Dining Room Chairs - Bay Window - Housepitality Designs

I went back and forth on whether to recover the chairs in a solid color

or a neutral pattern, a classic pattern.

When I saw the fabric I knew these chairs could go into any room of the house.

I have always loved the houndstooth pattern.

Dining Room Chair - Housepitality Designs

The next thing was to find an upholsterer who could reupholster my chairs

in 10 days! … As I have an upcoming post that involves my dining room.

Ethan Allen Martha Washington Chair - Housepitality Designs

I called a company that  was recommended and he said it would take three weeks

to reupholster the chairs.

I told him of my situation and he was so kind and said he would do his very best.

Wood Carved Pumpkin - Pottery Barn Brass Candlestick - Housepitality Designs

Well, 5 days later, he said that my chairs were ready for pick up any time!

Seriously?!! I will be right over!

Vintage PIe Crust Table - Pottery Barn Brass Lantern - Myrtle Topiary - Housepitality Designs

It seems like the moon and the stars were aligned perfectly

as I found the fabric I loved at a great price,

and found a great upholsterer that was kind and very accommodating.

Ethan Allen Martha Washington Chair - Dining Room - Housepitality Designs

The fabric goes so perfectly with the dining room chairs and the valances.

I calculated that the total cost for the chairs

including fabric and labor was under $350.

That’s $175 per chair for a beautiful and refreshed look!

Dining Room Chairs - Ethan Allen Martha Washington Chairs - Housepitality Designs

I have a busy week  of Fall posts.

Come back and see what I have done to my front porch,

a pretty addition and changes in the Great Room and beautiful Fall decor in the dining room.

Lots of Fall inspiration coming this week that I will be sharing

along with some fabulous fellow bloggers.

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Until then . . .

Have a most beautiful day!

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  1. You certainly got a great deal! That was very nice of the upholsterer to put you first! The chair fabric is perfect and like you said they can be moved anywhere.
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  2. Omigosh, they’re stunning! I love that fabric and they work beautifully with your window treatment. Great choice!!
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  3. oh Shirley they turned out so great! I have some gray and white striped chairs that have mixed with any style and color palette I’ve used, so I know your chairs will be versatile- in fact you’ve inspired me to look into having mine recovered, they are 25 years old! Psst, I LOVE that chunky pumpkin!
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  4. They look wonderful! I have the same color walls around my house and have been pondering what color to choose in my bedroom. Your choice has reassured my color selection. If there are other examples of color combinations in your home with the gold walls I wish you would share. Your home is so pretty.

  5. They are beautiful!

  6. Shirley, your chairs look beautiful, and what a great bargain on the fabric! I can’t wait to see all of your Fall inspiration! I hope that you have a wonderful day!!!
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  7. What a great deal, and kind upholsterer! They look wonderful! I am really liking that brass lantern too….so elegant. Care to share where you purchased it? Thanks! 😉

  8. Shirley, they look absolutely beautiful!!!

  9. Your chairs turned out beautiful. I love the fabric, and it is so classic that it will probably never look dated.

  10. I love that fabric! You got a great price and then how wonderful to find an upholsterer who could be so accomodating! Win, win! Love them. I leave tomorrow for my 4 days at the beach with the girls but will have my laptop so can see all your posts!!!!
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  11. They are beautiful….love the new fabric!

  12. That fabric is perfect! They look great.
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  13. What a beautiful transformation Shirley! And how perfect that the fabric was on sale! They look so great with your window treatments too!
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  14. Wow they fit perfect with your curtains and look fabulous. Can’t wait to see what’s next.:)

  15. They came out great! I love the fabric. I have a good reupholstered. He remade my sofa and did 4 chairs. One week from pick up to delivery. I could have bought new furniture cheaper, but this was good quality furniture which is hard to find these days!
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  16. WENDY HOWELL says

    What a beautiful job!!! I love houndstooth as well. Looking forward to your upcoming fall posts!!

  17. Great fabric, Shirley! They will be so versatile since you often change things around! Looking forward to your fall inspirations!

  18. WOW, what a terrific deal. I always wait for Joanne’s coupon for 50% off and they carry Waverly fabric here.

    Your chairs are stunning and go so well with your decor in the dining room. Looking forward to the Fall Tour.

    Have a great week Shirley and hope that your hand is healing well.


  19. Just beautiful.
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  20. You found the perfect fabric and your chairs turned out great. How nice the upholsterer got them done quickly for you.

    Hope your hand has recovered completely.
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  21. Love the houndstooth – what a great choice! How nice of the upholsterer to accommodate you and get them done quickly. That is an extremely good price for fabric and upholstery for the two chairs. Your little table looks so nice with the lantern, topiary and pumpkin!
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  22. Shirley, the new fabric is perfect! Makes your chairs look completely different. Very nice! Love the houndstooth.
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  23. Love those chairs, and the new fabric is perfect!
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  24. Shirley, your chairs turned out great! Love that fabric! Can’t wait to see all of the prettiness you have coming up!
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  25. Oh my goodness I LOVE those chairs with the new fabric. It is just perfect and 5 days even better. Looking forward to your fall porch. Now that is mid way through September I am bracing it is time to start working on fall decor. Time to get some mums and pumpkins! Hope you are doing well.
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  26. Shirley, I love houndstooth and the chairs are so perfect in your dining room. The upholsterer was extremely kind, it must have been your sweet charm! Can’t wait to see the fall tour!

  27. Your chairs are beautiful, Shirley! The whole setting in front of your dining room window looks gorgeous.
    Mary Alice
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  28. The chairs are lovely and at an unreal price. Great job! Looking forward to the final reveal.
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  29. I love how the chairs turned out Shirley! Just beautiful, houndstooth is such a beautiful, classic pattern.
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  30. I love the houndstooth fabris on your chairs…just the right amount of pattern for interest but still neutral to blend with your other fabrics and prints!
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