Well, it's finally done and I'm excited to show you the results!
Isn't she purty? I'm really happy with how it turned out! I can't wait to find some more chairs and redo them similarly. The plan is to have 4-5 chairs for the dining room that are all slightly different styles, but have all been painted, distressed, and recovered in the same way so that they all "match".
It's called the cheap girl's approach full dining room set ;) Right now we've got all differently sized chairs with different finishes etc and it just looks sooo awkward.
Here's the quick (OK, maybe not so quick) run-down of what I did and how I did it:
After it had been distressed to my liking, I went over it oh-so-lightly with my antiquing glaze:
I cut the foam to match the shape of the chair bottom with a razor blade. I also rounded off the corners of the foam on the top side of the foam, so that it had a more "rounded" look to it. Finally, I used my glue gun to glue it down to the chair base so that it wouldn't go anywhere when I started to wrestle the fabric into place.
OK, here is my disclaimer: make SURE that your fabric is centered the way that you want it before you start stapling it into place. I got a little trigger happy, hence the pink pliers in the picture below to remove about a dozen staples ;)
PS: some husbands bring home flowers for their wives...mine brings me home pink pliers...it was a set of 3! I was the happiest girl ever!!
I used a hammer to tap in any staples that were giving my trouble, and then trimmed off the excess fabric. Then I attached the seat back onto the chair with the two screws and ta-da!!!