My love for second hand shopping is well-documented. When we moved into our new home, I vowed to decorate it with thrifted bargains wherever I could. The Second Hand Home Challenge was born, and I’ve been scouring the car boots, charity shops and auctions of Yorkshire ever since.
I found a dining table that fitted in the small alcove in our living room, but getting chairs to match proved a little more difficult. When my usual haunts let me down, I turned to eBay. I can often be found hunting down cut-price Topshop on eBay (I even wrote a guide to shopping on the site) but buying furniture online isn’t something I’ve attempted before. I wasn’t disappointed though – there are lots of people selling beautiful vintage pieces, and by searching for listings within 25 miles of my postcode I bagged a real bargain right on my doorstep.
These tired chairs were a steal at 99p for the two. I don’t mind a few scrapes and scratches (if anything, they add character), but I was less fond of the leather seats. So I got to work on a DIY project.
DIY – Upholstering Dining Chairs
You will need some pretty fabric (mine was £5 for a metre from eBay), scissors, a staple gun and staples
Pop the seat pad out of the chair and place it on your fabric. Cut round the seat, leaving plenty of excess fabric around each edge for folding.
Ta da! Easiest DIY ever.
I wiped down the frames, popped the seats back in and placed my new polka dot chairs around the table, ready for their first guests.
Total cost, £5.99.