I was fairly oblivious to the colorful splashes of paint on the wooden top, the pen marks from an overzealous toddler, or the scratches to the finish. Please understand this comes from a woman who thinks hand prints in the dust that covers my end table is precious. As a mother of three young ones I've become oblivious to certain things. Call it selective sight, if you will. But one day my dear mother-in-law was doing a craft with the girls and she very innocently mentioned "It's great to have a table like this to do projects on because you don't have to worry about hurting it." Suddenly I saw the table in all its messy glory! So I told my husband we needed to shop for a new dining room table ASAP and retired the little round one to the school table.
I came up with the bright idea to decorate pillow cases to slip over the backs of the chairs. I used brown to go with the fall theme. A standard pillowcase was just the right size. Due to time constraints we just got some iron on decals at the hobby store and my mother and kids ironed them on one side of the pillowcase.
That mess behind that the ironing board, I have no idea how that happpened. I swear!
I did have plans to do some hand print turkeys etc., but we opted for quick and easy since my party was the next day. And it was cheap!! I think for Christmas we'll do something more elaborate. Anyway, it worked and it covered my battle worn chairs.