Easy Dining Room Makeover Ideas

1 Aug

Several years ago my daughter asked if I would help her redecorate her dining room. She wanted her chair cushions recovered and valances made for her dining room and kitchen. Wondering what to do with the two blank walls, she searched the internet and found a do-it-yourself fabric covered wall display that would be perfect. So, off we went to the fabric store.

She found some really nice home décor fabric for the valances and chair cushions, some vinyl for placemats (super easy, just cut the size you want and you’re done), and nine (9) different black and white patterned fabrics for the wall display.

The wall display required 9 – 12” X 12” Styrofoam blocks, which she bought…I don’t recall where she bought them, but I know you can find them at Joann’s, Micheal’s and Hobby Lobby.

Recovered Dining Room Cushions

This is one of the easiest things to do. You simply remove the cushion by taking out the screws that holds the cushion to the chair, then cut out a square of fabric large enough to cover the cushion and extend to the back about 3 inches, then staple the fabric piece to the back of the cushion, pulling it taunt. That’s it…you don’t even need to remove the old fabric!

These are actually two different cushions. The bottom is the recovered dining room cushion and the black and white toile cushion is a recovered 1 inch tie on seat cushion for a small table in their kitchen. I also made a valance from the toile for her kitchen window and the other for the dining room window.

Fabric Covered Wall Display

This project is just as easy! Simply lay the Styrofoam on the wrong side of the fabric and cut it about 1 1/2” wider, fold the fabric taunt over the Styrofoam and glue in place using low temp glue sticks or glue, or even duck tape. To help keep the fabric in place while gluing, insert straight pins or push pins along the edge. Let dry, then glue on a sawtooth picture hanger and let dry before hanging.

For the other wall, I covered the inside hoop from 9 -12” embroidery hoops, gluing along the outside and inside edge. You could also use Styrofoam circles.

This fabric covered wall display can adapt to any color scheme in any room.


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