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The plan is to sand the wood and paint it white, then recover the seat cushions in a new fabric. Everyone's doing it - check these fine examples:
The dining table in Sarah's House Season 1 featured a set of 4 antique chairs painted a dove grey with seats recovered in a modern tonal print.
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Earlier this year, Eddie Ross updated a set of two upholstered seat shield back chairs which he found at Goodwill:
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If my project turns out as well as these I'll be a happy girl!! Just give me a few months to work on this one - I have no idea where I'll be doing the messy sanding and painting.
Coming soon to Craigslist: Set of 4 White Ikea Gilbert chairs, gently used!!