Vicki sent in an image of her barstools asking for a 2nd Opinion. These stools are used everyday by her two young daughters, and she says that it shows. They seem to be currently covered in a rather nubby and decidedly light fabric, nubby doesn't equal easy to clean!
So my opinion is to embrace the functionality of these chairs, they have to be work horses. I think Vicki has a few options. My favorite option for her would be to cover the chairs in oilcloth or a laminated cotton. Since she would only be covering the seat bottoms I'm certain she could get 2 chair covers out of a yard, possibly three. That is a steal of a deal. Clean, highly functional, and customized chairs for under $30, fantastic! I asked Vicki what her favorite colors were, and she commented that she really likes earthy tones and that she has been picking out oranges a lot lately. My opinion is that the fabric should be bright with some contrast to the dark wood. It's a very straight lined chair, we need to mix it up with some pattern . Here are my picks, click on the image to be taken to the retailer:
I have to admit when I saw Vicki's chairs my mind went back to a blog post I read years ago. Here's the image that was permanently fixed in my brain:
Darling right? The tutorial for the slip covers can be found here at Dana Made It. Now that I've swayed the vote :) let's see what you readers think!