This was the dining room in our house in Virginia.... I loved having pink in the room (I always love having pink in a room... like here and a hint here). Some of the chairs around this table have a floral fabric for the top and a striped fabric for the seat, both made of a cotton and linen blend.
The top/back floral fabric slips over the chairs and comes off for easy cleaning. See those pretty taupe and white stripes on the seat? Yeah, well I stapled that fabric to the chairs... mistake #1.
And... they're not so pretty anymore... you see, I picked the beautiful striped fabric because it was going in the dining room and my kids rarely eat in the dining room, especially on these chairs. I thought I was safe. Then we moved to TX and I thought I would be smart by moving the dining set, instead of our small kitchen set, into the rental to give us more space at the table. Mistake #2.
My three preschoolers have eaten on these chairs three times a day for the past three months. I'll spare you and keep the messy chair pictures for myself, but this time around I'll be recovering the seats in a child-proof fabric, like vinyl, or making a slipcover (like the top) so I can wash them after meals. Makes for an easy clean! And, there's nothing more that I love than an easy clean!
With my love of pink, I'm looking at a vinyl for the seats like this from J& O Fabrics to go with the top/back floral fabric...
Or give a completely new look using fabric with bursting colors to make into slipcovers (for the back and seat of the chair), something like this from Fabric.com ....
A big burst of fun in the dining room!!! I'll keep you posted on what I decide to do with the chairs to make them more kid-friendly!