Still, this project is one that I am particularly pleased with. My husband brought into the marriage a lovely antique oak dining table. It's nothing spectacular, a rather plain table in all except that it has two leafs and can seat up to 10 people with ease. I also like it's simple lines as the legs are in the corners where they belong, which no one ever has to sit in front of a table leg. Kind of a pet peeve with me having grown up with my mom's antique table that folded out.
The one thing I did not like about my husband's table was the seat cushions. They were well worn and used when we married but after three kids, they became disgusting. I am serious. I was actually beginning to be embarrased to have anyone sit on my chairs they were so awful looking. In our old home the table sat in a nook and E always sat in the nook. Well imagine to my disgust some months later when I discovered she had been wiping her hands on the seat cushion all that time. The corner was positively turning blue with mould. Yech.
So I finally manage to get my hands on some inexpensive material and it only took me a couple more weeks to actually get my husband to find his staple gun for me. Once I had my tools in hand I was all set and I guess my enthusiasm, or perhaps a deadline of getting the chairs ready for our company dinner, got my husband into the act and he became my champion staple puller. Of course, I quickly googled "recovering dining chair" so I'd have some idea of what I was doing. What did we ever do before Google and Youtube?
In the end, it was really quite simple and I am very pleased with the results. I was more pleased with my MIL's reaction when she came to dinner. Being the germaphobe conscientious woman that she is, I can only imagine how much she probably cringed everytime she had to sit on my chairs.
I also went the extra step by covering the chairs with clear vinyl so that any spills or sneaky hand wiping by children, can be easily cleaned.
I know, pretty awful right?