Fifteen dollar Slipcover Chairs


Hello Sweet Friends.
Happy New Week.

I found a real bargain on FB Marketplace.  Found these two slipcovered dining chairs for $15 for the pair.  I saw these and thought even with how dirty they are I think I can do some magic to them and make them pretty again.  

I forgot to take my own before pictures so all I have is the picture from FB Market Place.  As you can see they have seen better days. 

As you can see they were very dirty but no rips and a few juice stains.  The pads were really worn down.
For $15 for both chairs I thought I would try to see  what I could do with them.  


I got my arsenal of things I thought might whiten and brighten and remove the stains on these chair covers.  All of these you can find at Walmart, Target or your grocery store.

I sprayed with shout on all the stains and heavily soiled areas.  Then I put them in the bathtub with bleach and water mixture.  If you look on pinterest you can find the exact measurements to do this.  I just put the whole bottle of bleach and filled the bath tub with hot water to cover all of the slipcovers.  I left them in the mixture to soak for 2 hours going in about every 15 minutes to stir the slipcovers and turn them to make sure all of the covers got soak with the bleach and water mixture.



Then after the bleach bath I put them in my washing machine and added the brite white and let them soak for 30 minutes.  Then I washed them in tide with oxy clean and a cup of vinegar.  The vinegar keeps the bleach from eating at the fabric after soaking them for so long in the bleach bath.




As you can see the stains and dirt are gone and they went from a cream to white.  If you look at the bathtub picture above you can see how dark of a cream they were.  This process really works to bring them to white.

I really was not happy with the dark legs or the fact that the cushions were not in great shape and the covers shrunk.  Plus as hard as I tried I could not get the juice stain out of the cushion covers.


I decided to just pitch the cushion covers.  The chairs are still comfortable enough without them.

The final thing I want to do is paint the legs white.  Too dark for me lol!

 I paid  $15 for the pair with the intentions of experimenting and seeing if I could get them white.  I thought I have not spent a lot of money if this experiment does not work. 

Then if they came out I was going to sell them on FB Marketplace.  Now that I see how cute and nice they are I am not sur
e I want to sell them!! 
All I have left to do with these is to paint the legs white.
Have a great new week.


29 comments

  1. You did a great job and the water in the tub was dark. Interested to see what you do with these.

    Cindy

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  2. These turned out great! Quite a bargain too! Hugs!

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  3. They turned out great!! I like them better without the cushions too. They look cute paired with your scarecrow.
    ~Des

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  4. These turned out amazing. I say keep them. They look amazing.

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  5. They turned out great! I was amazed at how white they turned out.

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  6. Good morning Kris! I am so happy to see you have posted. It's pretty quiet in Blogland these days and it's always fun to see what everyone is up to in their home sanctuarys!

    WOW, once again. I don't think I would have had the courage or maybe the patience to take this fabric through these necessary whitening steps! You are a trooper, a real visionary on how to restore furniture and other items. These are wonderful! And I'm sure they are just as comfortable without the seat cushions. Those can be tricky since foam or whatever is used for the seats gets mishaped! Bravo my friend. You did it again!!!!

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  7. I would day keep them, but knowing you you, I'll say turn a good profit for your labor. ;)
    That's much the process when we buy vintage linens...soak, launder and exchange pressing for painting. I usually want to keep, at least for awhile. They turned out great.

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  8. Wow, you really got them nice and white! I like them better without the top cushion too. I'd be painting those legs too. They do look cute in your room!
    How's your weather? We are reaping the benefits of the hurricane, even though we are inland. Really nice temperatures and some rain. It feels like Fall!
    Happy Fall, Cecilia

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  9. Kudos to you! They look great, and I like them better without the cushions. Post them once you've painted the legs!

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  10. Wow, they came out looking like different chair covers! They'll look really nice painted white.

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  11. The chairs look amazing Kris. You got a great bargain on the chairs and you worked hard to get them clean and bright. I think you should keep them! Good job.

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  12. Yes, they look much better without the cushions.
    Brenda

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  13. Girl, I have decided that you can do magic on everything you do. They turned out lovely Kris. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  14. I love them Kris and I also love the dark legs with the crisp white covers. xo

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  15. Great job! I had a similar issue with some old family tablecloths that were so discolored I didn't think I could save them. I mixed Oxy Clean powder in a tub with warm water and soaked them for 24 hours. I couldn't believe it! They looked brand new . I had the family christening gown ( 1940's) I wanted to pass to my grand niece. It was stained and yellowed and I didn't think it could be saved but the Oxy powder took out every stain and it was white again. I was thrilled to pass it on.

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  16. Wow what a change with all of your treatments! The process is something I need to write down for future linens that are discolored, etc. I once soaked one of my son's white T-shirts that had gotten stained and had turned a cream, in bleach and I did it too long as the whole shirt just disintegrated in the sink! too much bleach and too long! Good to know about the vinegar preventing that from happening! You are such a wealth of information - and the chairs look darling there.. I would keep them also and with the legs painted, they'll be little jewels in your living room.. hugs.. Marilyn

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  17. What a great transformation Kris. Thanks for the tip about the white vinegar, I once spoiled a soiled white towel with bleach - it rotted one part of it! I won't do that again. Look forward to seeing those legs painted white and also finding out whether you keep them. Hugs, Gilly

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  18. Great job, Kris~ That was a nice find. I like how bright and white they look and painting the chair legs will make them even brighter. I like them better without the cushions, too. It was like they were added as an afterthought at some point.

    Have a wonderful week. Finishing up on the RV and new camper this week and then should be done for the season. sigh...crazy year! xo Diana

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  19. I like the clean lines look of the chairs without the cushions. Sometimes, simpler is better. Amazing concoction of stuff you used, kudos that it worked! Hugs, Sandi

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  20. Amazing! Will have to keep your formula for whitening soiled fabric. The chairs look better without the cushions. xoxo

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  21. Kris, They surely are germ free after that soaking. They will be plenty cute with white legs and your throw pillow. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  22. What a transformation! Great job, wow! They look great and I do like them without the cushions too. Happy fall, my dear friend!

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  23. Kris, I always love wing backs and you really did whiten them up nicely. They look comfortable but you are right about the legs. So much better white then you can make a good decision..You could only come out ahead comparing what you paid for them and what they look like now..Stay well..xxoJudy

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  24. This is fantastic, Kris! The chairs must consider themselves very lucky that they went home with you.
    Amalia
    xo

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  25. I think you did a wonderful job and that they look better without the seat cushions. Also good tip about the bleach and vinegar. Keep well. Have a great autumn. Christine

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  26. Hi Kris,
    Taking a short break from the big project. I like the way the chairs turned out.
    I love how you have your scarecrow, did you name her?

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  27. These turned out great, Kris!!! thanks for sharing your process. With white legs these will be even better! I'd use them for sure!

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