Thursday, 11 October 2012

As good as new

I picked up these dining chairs for £30 for four  of them on eBay. Apparently they're Danish (the Danes being the the top dogs in the dining furniture world) but there are no labels or stamps to corroborate this suggestion. Still, I'm telling myself it's a fact, as I like the idea of a little bit of Danish-style dining.

The upholstery was old and stained, but the foam was still in good condition and hadn't gone powdery, so I didn't need to change it. I'd been looking around for a while for some fabric to cover the chairs with and didn't want anything chintzy or too retro. I was in Devon for the weekend when I found four metres of fabric for £20 in The Snug*, my favourite shop in Ashburton. You never know what you'll find there - they have everything from clothes, to jewellery to accessories to furniture - but you will always find something you love. My fabric is made by Globaltex, and I think it's got a Scandi feel about it which suits the chairs. It's also not a girly print, so Popeye is happy with it too.

If you are thinking of having a go at re-covering a chair, then invest in a good staple gun - a cheap one will have you swearing and cursing before you know it, and if you're like me, you'll abandon the project half-way through. This staple gun by Homebase is on offer at the mo.

{original covering has seen better days}

{the original foam seat}

{trim off any excess fabric}

{I covered mine in calico first}

*There's no website for The Snug (how very vintage) so here are the deets - call before you make  a special trip to check it'll be open (how very Devon):
The Snug
Mon, Tues, Thurs - Sat 10.00 - 16.30, Wed 10.00 - 12.30 
15 North Street
TQ13 7QD
tel: 01364 653096


  1. Holly, these look exactly the same as my parents' dining chairs, which are indeed Danish and came from Wharfside. £30 sounds like a bargain and you did a great job with them.

  2. Well hello there Sarah Rooke - good chair knowledge and delighted to hear that mine look like the real deal - what's Wharfside? x

  3. A shop which seems to have a branch in London and then, randomly, Leatherhead (where my parents got theirs for a lot more more 30 quid!)

  4. Love it. Sounds expensive! x

  5. They look really good. Love the scandi styli fabric.

    1. Got loads of the fabric left Jones, if you need any. x

  6. I love it hols x teague x

    1. Thanks for all your comments Teague, you're my biggest fan! x