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jexxican
« on: July 12, 2011 02:36:25 PM »

I'm a sales person's wet dream. They lie, I suck it up and buy whatever it is they want me to.
That was the case when we needed a new dining set a couple years ago. We didn't really want covered seats because we had a 2 year old at the time (and now a 4 year old and another almost 2 year old) but OH! These seats were covered with "Microfiber" and it cleans "so easy!" She even did a demo by spilling Coke on it. So we got the set, all 6 chairs and the table for... I won't tell you how much. Well, the Coke example didn't explain how to get out the RED dry erase marker that came 2 days later... or the cat's scratches... or the Mod Podge... AND the nails kept falling out. Yeah, we paid too much. 2 years later, at my wits end of my kids falling through holes in the chairs because got too lazy to keep re-attaching them, I decided to do something about it. I know. I'm lazy.

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This is "clean." It's actually one of the nicer ones. Scrubbing this "easy to clean" microfiber was a bitch, and it left like rings around the sides, yuck! And you can't tell but the seat's not even screwed up right here. If you tipped it, the seat would plop off.

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NO MORE SCRUBBING! Hobby Lobby had their expensive fabrics (the ones on rolls, what are they called again?) on sale 30% off including the cheap vinyl covering so instead of just covering them with something I would have to scrub again, I topped it with EASY WIPE SH*T! Now as long as the cat doesn't attack I think we should be good. I did all 6 chairs yesterday afternoon. And since I got my side done, my husband decided to get some longer screws and actually do his part, too. He was afraid they would get messed up if he didn't. YAY! New dining chairs!

Now, how to get the teeth marks out of the table so that doesn't look like crap, too?
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2011 05:18:37 PM »

They are brilliant and much more practical now.

As for the table, perhaps you could consider getting your children to bite an even border all around the table Wink
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2011 07:08:47 PM »

Nice! I have always thought of doing something like this, but, am way to lazy!  Smiley
@antidigger - What a good idea, if you can't beat them, join them right?
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2011 01:32:04 AM »

You should be able to get a polish for the table that buffs the marks out
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2011 09:53:47 AM »

I just gave up and ditched my abused upholstered dining set and moved our picnic table into the house.  Your newly covered chairs look great!
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2011 11:18:21 AM »

I just gave up and ditched my abused upholstered dining set and moved our picnic table into the house. 

You are my hero.

jexxican the chairs look great and you're right... sales people are awfully full of cheek.
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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2011 07:00:51 PM »

yup those nasty sales people got me too with 'Microfiber cleans right up!!" NOT  My couches made it maybe a week before they looked terrible, and about 1 year before they were permanent markered.  yup so I have new couches that look like they've been through the ringer 100000000000 times.

Anywho, Lovely redo with the vinyl wipe it away cover! much more practical!
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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2011 06:10:51 AM »

I guess Sales people really do lie.. because when I first clicked on this thread, I thought the overhead picture of the chair seat was actually a picture of a dirty rock.  Lol.  Your chairs look so much better now though, using vinyl is such a great idea.
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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2011 03:16:04 PM »

Well done, should hold up to the salesman's promises now! Wink
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