Recovered Chairs | Cover Fabric Dining Chairs with Plastic to Kid Proof Them | by the Nerd Nest

One of my September goals is to complete four non-scrapbooking craft projects this month, and I’m trying to prioritize things that I’ve been putting off and things I already have the supplies to make. I am the queen of putting things off. Sometimes it takes me YEARS to take a project from idea to completion! To keep from being overwhelmed by choices of things to do, I’ve decided to take it room by room–starting with the breakfast room and kitchen. In theory, they’ll be awesome by the end of the month.

The first thing I tackled was recovering two of our fabric seated chairs at the kitchen table. I don’t know what I was thinking when I recovered them with white and lime fabric the first time around, but they were looking pretty raggedy.

Recovered Chairs | Cover Fabric Dining Chairs with Plastic to Kid Proof Them | by the Nerd Nest

This is what happens when you combine children and fabric chairs.

Recovered Chairs | Cover Fabric Dining Chairs with Plastic to Kid Proof Them | by the Nerd Nest

I took off the seats, pulled out the old staples (but left the foam padding on), and set to recovering them with awesome faux bois fabric from Joel Dewberry. I lay the seat on top of the fabric and cut out a rectangle, making sure I left enough fabric to wrap all of the way around the sides to the back.

Recovered Chairs | Cover Fabric Dining Chairs with Plastic to Kid Proof Them | by the Nerd Nest

Then I tucked and stapled the fabric to the bottom of the seat with a staple gun. I just made sure to pull tight and tuck in the corners nicely; like wrapping a present.

Recovered Chairs | Cover Fabric Dining Chairs with Plastic to Kid Proof Them | by the Nerd Nest

I did the exact same thing with a layer of plastic. I have no idea what the plastic-y stuff is called, but it comes on a big tall roll in the fabric section.

Recovered Chairs | Cover Fabric Dining Chairs with Plastic to Kid Proof Them | by the Nerd Nest

It’s a little shiny and reminds me of stereotypical grandparent furniture, but I’m glad that can have my cool fabric cake and eat it too. It felt so good to just wipe off the milk Jonas spilled on one of the chairs last night without a worry in the world.

Recovered Chairs | Cover Fabric Dining Chairs with Plastic to Kid Proof Them | by the Nerd Nest

I think the difference is striking and I’m so glad I took the fifteen minutes to do this yesterday! One craft project down, three to go.

What are your tips for kid proofing stuff?