We have just not had the time to work on getting these chairs done. This means that we have a table with no seating, which means that we are stuck eating on the couch each evening. Luckily, we have a small Ikea kids dining set (the little blue table with pink/green chairs) that the kids can eat at and avoid spilling on our carpet in the living room. However this means less family meal time since our backs our turned to the kids while we all eat. It just isn't working, but this has been the scenario for a couple months now.
We actually found the plans for the farmhouse table over a year ago, before our move and had agreed that would be the final design for our family. We knew we wanted to have "parson" style chairs to go with it but we didn't want to pay retail price for them knowing they would likely be damaged with having youngsters... So the plan developed into our search online for a cheap set in need of repair and TLC.
We found a good set on Craigslist shortly after our move but they didn't have the parson style upholstered backs, more of a wooden lattice style going on... I was still confident we could accomplish the look we were going for with a little extra planning and work on my part.
Here are the "before" pictures (kind of...). I say kind of because we forgot to take a picture until after we had stained the legs to match the table we have. They were originally the same color as the lattice-style tops. The seats are so uncomfortable with almost no cushion left in them and they were very wobbly.
I had ordered the batting needed from Walmart way back. I bought a 4 pack of high-loft batting, intended for a different project that became less of a priority. The 4 pack of batting cost $26.88 plus S&H, which added about $6.
I found material on a local swap/shop group on Facebook that is durable and bright that we feel will go nicely with the dark color of the table. We will have that as the normal material for the chairs and then I will create slipcovers out of a more formal-looking material for when we have adult dinner parties and thing of that nature. This will help us have peace of mind when it comes to spills on the bright fabric so I don't have to stress so much about it.
So after looking around at a few tutorials on how to re-cover and re-upholster this style of chair, I formed my plan. You can see below...