A DIY Dining Room Refresh

Pull together some mismatched chairs with vivid paint and some funky upholstery to transform your dining room.

Nothing is a boost to conversation and good times like a vibrant dining room. And it's hard to think of a better way to up your entertaining game than to recraft your dining room with an easy-to-achieve and fun application of color.

Materials Needed

  • tack cloth
  • water and detergent
  • medium grit sandpaper

This project takes some funky, mismatched vintage chairs and pulls them together with a coat of primer and paint, namely the punchy, spring fresh hue of Sherwin-Williams Grasshopper SW 6733 paint. That fun green hue, combined with some eclectic, equally playful upholstery will invigorate your dining room in no time.

Feeling undecided about what color works best for your project? Download the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap app to your phone. Select a favorite photo on your phone and ColorSnap will choose colors for your project inspired by that photo. Now it's time to go shopping!


Photo by: Matt Huesmann

Matt Huesmann

Photo by: Matt Huesmann

Matt Huesmann

Choose four favorite chairs to recover and paint.

Photo by: Matt Huesmann

Matt Huesmann

Photo by: Matt Huesmann

Matt Huesmann

Remove the seats.

Lightly sand and then clean your chairs. [Editor's note: If you're sanding down to bare wood, you need to prime first.]

Photo by: Matt Huesmann

Matt Huesmann

Photo by: Matt Huesmann

Matt Huesmann

Editor's note: Removal of old paint by sanding, scraping or other means may generate dust or fumes that contain lead. Exposure to lead dust or fumes may cause brain damage or other adverse health effects, especially in children or pregnant women. Controlling exposure to lead or other hazardous substances requires the use of proper protective equipment, such as a properly fitted respirator (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health [NIOSH] approved) and proper containment and cleanup. For more information, call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (in US) or contract your local health authority.

Use your medium paintbrush to carefully paint your chairs.

We love a bold, intense color to really make an impact when combined with your painted dining room chairs.

For the Seat Cushions

  • 1/2 yard fabric per seat cushion
  • 1/2 yard lining per seat cushion
  • temporary fabric pen
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • staple gun
  • staples
  • screwdriver

Sherwin-Williams Grasshopper SW 6733 is the perfect strong statement to transform your furniture and your room.

The chairs can dry while you work on recovering the seats.

Depending upon your taste, you can recover the seats in the same fabric or mix it up and choose a different pattern for each of your seats. Try an array of different patterns in the same basic color: there are lots of ways to play this.

Step 1: Cut the Lining

After removing your seat from the chair, place your seat frame with cushion side face down on lining. Trace three inches out from the edge of the cushion around the entire frame using temporary fabric pen. Cut along line.

Step 2: Staple the Lining to the Cushion Frame

Attach the lining to the frame using your staple gun. Begin by staping the lining to the frame at the center point of each side, and then at each corner, pulling fabric tightly around the frame. After sides and corners are stapled in place, continue securing lining to frame by working from the center point to the corner.

Step 3: Trim

Trim excess fabric along the outer edge of the staple line.

Step 4: Cut the Fabric

Now place lined seat frame face down on fabric. Trace three inches out from the edge of cushion around the entire frame using the temporary fabric pen. Cut along the line.

Editor's note: if using a patterned fabric, appropriately position the design on the seat cushion.

Step 5: Staple the Fabric to the Cushion Frame

Photo by: Matt Huesmann

Matt Huesmann

Attach the fabric to the frame usina g staple gun. Begin by stapling fabric to frame at the center point of each side, and then at each corner, pulling fabric tightly around the frame.

Step 6: Attach the Fabric at the Corners

After sides and corners are stapled in place, continue securing fabric to frame by working from center point to each corner. Pull fabric snuggly around curved corners to eliminate tucks on the top side of the cushion.

Step 7: Reattach the Cushion to the Chair Frame

After your seat cushion is covered with the new fabric, reattach it to the chair frame using the original hardware.

To finish your look, add a black and white striped rug and gold accents for a playful layered look that will nicely accents your bold use of color.

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