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Choosing Fabric

I’ve been slowly doing a mini makeover on my kitchen and now it’s time for choosing fabric.  The fun part! I will admit, I have been known to store lots of fabric for long periods of time.  As part of my living with less, cleaning out clutter and getting organized, I was able to let go of a lot of fabric I wasn’t going to use. I gave away some of it and sent the other to Goodwill.

So now I’m choosing fabric in order to recover my kitchen chairs. I also plan to stain the table top a darker shade so keep that in mind while looking at the room and the fabric options.

Choosing Fabric

Here is where I started.

Kitchen Tour

I have loved this room but it has been like this for 6 years! Yes, I actually left a room painted for 6 years.  My husband will tell you, that’s a miracle.  In all honesty, I waited so long because of the super tall wall over the table.  I paid a painter when we first moved in but I knew I would be doing this myself.

I’ve currently decided not to replace the window treatment I took down (I plan on selling it.)  I am loving how the window looks without it because the view is so pretty.  I had already covered these chairs once before so there was a different fabric underneath the black swirl.   I just pulled it off using pliers.  I lived with that fabric during the holidays while I thought about the look I was going for.

Kitchen Chairs- Remove fabric

Kitchen Chair-Fabric Layers

Choosing fabric is the next step in the makeover for my kitchen.

Here are a few fabrics I really like…I’m thinking of going more bold.

Richloom Gloria Jubilee Fabric(Source: Online Fabric Store)

Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower Fabric(Source: Online Fabric Store)

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These are different for me but I’m wanting to add more color in the kitchen. Here is what the room looks like now. I’ve lightened the walls with Mindful Grey.

Choosing Fabric for Kitchen

So, what do you think of the fabrics?  Is there one fabric you like more than others?

I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please share your ideas.

POST UPDATE! I decided on a different fabric all together. We are allowed to change our mind right?

See the fabric I chose HERE and the tutorial for how easy it is to recover the seats.

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  1. I love the shade of gray that you used in your kitchen. I like all three fabrics but the first floral in the bottom three pictures is my favorite.

    1. I really love the new wall color! I think the first fabric is my favorite but I think the 3rd one would go well in the room. Can’t wait to see the final product!!

  2. Heidi Colton says:

    Love the new color of your walls. I think the first floral one would be just the ticket. Can’t wait to see the final result.

  3. I actually chose the second fabric for a project of my own. I agree with the other posters about fabric #1. While the colors may not be as fibrant, the pattern wouLd be more appropriate for the look now achieved with paint. The other two may be more casual/rustic in type

    1. Thanks! I’m curious, what project did you use the fabric for? I have loved it for a while now!

  4. Love the first fabric. Don’t like the hot pink for kitchen in second fabric. The last one doesn’t have enough colors to bring out in the room. Just my thoughts.

    1. Thank you so much, I appreciate your thoughts! Have a great week ~Sonya

  5. I’m having curtains made right now in the first fabric. Isn’t it gorgeous! Love all the colors you’re considering.

  6. Love the gray! And I agree with not replacing the valance on the picture window. I’m with everyone else … Fabric #1. It gives enough color for each of the holidays and opens more than enough doors for decorating those great walls!
    Hugs …

    1. Thanks Lani! I’m thinking it will give me options for change in my living room that connects to my kitchen. Hope you have a great week ~Sonya

  7. Donna Bingham says:

    top fabric is my favorite, lots of color to use everywhere else!

  8. I think the first fabric is my favorite. I also love the new gray walls. Your cabinets, backsplash, and black counter tops are exactly what I have in my kitchen, except my cabinets are white washed. I am about to have them painted, and I’m wondering what color white is on your cabinets, and if it is the same color used on your trim. Thanks!

  9. It is so funny to read the comments Sonya. I am totally in love with the second fabric swatch that no one else seems to go for! Of course you know I like bright colors. I think the yellows and greens in the second swatch pick up the colors in the fruit prints on your wall. I think after you stain the table top you should lay the swatches on the chairs and look at them for a while. I will be anxiously waiting for the makeover. Have a great week!

  10. I really love the last option! I have a sort of ‘pink phobia’ or else I would probably have the 2nd one as my first choice instead– as it is it’s still a gorgeous option. All of them look fun, though!

  11. I love the third fabric, but then again, I like more muted tones rather than brights. I think that would look great with all the white/light colors in there too. Can’t wait to see what you ultimately decide. It’s looking great already.

  12. I love the first fabric( with burgundy) . Can definitely also see the hot pink as a possibility. Am not fussed on the last one. Can you please tell me the name / code for the fabric with burgundy.

  13. I love the first one – floral with the vines. I love that you took off the window treatment too. Such a beautiful window.

  14. First and third!! (I adore that first one with all the colors…but I’m a color loving girl!! ) Don’t think you can go wrong with either!


  15. Middle one is perfect

  16. Elizabeth says:

    I came very, very close to ordering a chair for my living room in the second fabric from One Kings Lane the other day. I had no idea you could buy the fabric yourself. I actually have a chair that I’d like to recover so who knows? How do you search for that particular pattern on the fabric website. Does it have a name? Thanks!

    1. Yes! I have went back into the blog post and added the links straight to the fabric choices. Just click the source link under the picture of the fabric you like!

    2. Elizabeth says:

      Thank you!

  17. I like all the fabrics but I really like the Mindful Gray paint – what company is it, please?


  18. I love SW Mindful Grey too Sonya! I painted our lower family and living room, entryway and upper hallway with it – it’s a gorgeous color! My favorite pattern is the first fabric. The colors in it will pick up and coordinate with your light flooring color beautifully! As well the light background color picks up the color cabinetry so your ‘color anchors’ in your room are played up really well with this pattern. I noticed too that your chandy has vine/leaf motifs in it as well! Your gorgeous view and outdoor greenery will be highlighted with the green color of this fabric as well! Good luck – I’m in the process of making over our kitchen too and working on backsplash right now – drapes for our wall of windows will be the next step! Have fun!

    1. WOW, Heather you have a great eye for detail!! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. Have a great weekend ~Sonya

  19. Love love love the gorgeous grey. And, I have to say #2 is my absolute favorite of the 3. To me, the fun pattern and mix of playful colors seems to lend a more casual, spunky feel and I think it would keep you in love with it for a long time. Maybe even 6 years 😉
    It’s all good though. Can’t wait to see the big reveal.

  20. Just an FYI, I purchased the turquoise background with the orange medallion design thinking it would be perfect for my kitchen chairs. Much to my disappointment, the background color is not white it is actually more of a tan. The picture is VERY deceiving, not an off white or beige but tan. Hope this helps you in your decision.

    1. THANK you for mentioning that because it does look light.

  21. I can’t wait to see what you pick! The first choice reminds me of a sofa and curtains my mother had in the 80’s but don’t take that the wrong way, I still love it! Trends always come back around. I love the colors in the first pattern and feel you could have so many more options with accessories. Plus, those chairs are easy to recover, so if you tire of the pattern in a couple of years it won’t be such a big deal. Have fun with it!

    1. Well…I went fabric shopping yesterday, found a new inspiration and went with something totally different 😉

    2. melanie fuelling says:

      What did you go with? I am looking to recover my chairs as well, and mine are also white, and my room color mindful gray ! My countertops are black. I have been looking for a while and nothing is clicking with me. Would love to know what you went with and if you like it. Thanks!

  22. I actually like the 2nd one. I have been holding on to a swatch of it for a long time.
    Also, I think you need the print and the color elsewhere in the room. If you don’t want anything to cover the window, think of hanging panels to the outer sides. I think MORE of whichever fabric you choose will bring things together. Not enough just on the chairs. The valance you had before didn’t obstruct your view at all but you could make something even more narrow along the top if you wish.
    (Former interior designer then stay @ home mom)

  23. Norma Jean Aldred says:

    I’m absolutely in love with the second fabric swatch. I actually just bought it and am planning on using it on a kitchen Roman shade and upholstering two stools. It is dramatic and makes a statement. I love the abstract eas of the print, and I love the bright vibrant colors. My second choice would be the first one.

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