Mum-of-one Karly Meljak gives her dining chairs a clever upgrade with stylish grey fabric covers

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A mother has given her dining room chairs a clever upgrade with stylish grey fabric covers for $196 – a fraction of the price she would have paid for a new set.

Karly Meljak had grown tired of the black leather seats in the kitchen of her Port Macquarie home, but ‘didn’t want to spend a fortune’ on new furniture in case her three-year-old daughter ruined them.

Instead, the budget savvy mum-of-one from New South Wales gave them a new lease of life with fabric covers from Spotlight, Australia’s leading supplier of arts, crafts and home interiors.

Ms Meljak shared her idea in a Facebook cleaning group, revealing she had bought eight Ardor Surefit Urban Dining Covers in an online sale which saw them marked down from $35 to $24.50.

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Mother-of-one Karly Meljak grew tired of the black leather dining chairs in the kitchen of her Port Macquarie home

But instead of spending a fortune on new chairs, she gave them a new lease of life with covers from Spotlight

Tired of the black leather dining chairs (left) in the kitchen of her Port Macquarie home, mother-of-one Karly Meljak gave them a new lease of life with covers from Spotlight (right)

‘Spaghetti nights – no problems, just remove darling daughters cover during dinner,’ she wrote in the caption.

‘However if there is a stain just remove, treat and put in washing machine. So in love with my new chairs.’

Available in ‘Grey Marle’ and ‘Seafoam’, a shade of eggshell blue, the covers are stitched from elasticated polyester that’s ‘easy to work with’ and ‘instantly gives your room a fresh new look’.

And in good news for those who want to follow Ms Meljak’s lead, they are still reduced to $24.50, while stocks last.

Covering eight chairs like she did would cost just $196, a reasonable price for stylish new upholstery. 

The budget savvy mother bought eight Ardor Surefit Urban Dining Covers (pictured) in Spotlight's online sale which saw them marked down from $30 to $24.50

The budget savvy mother bought eight Ardor Surefit Urban Dining Covers (pictured) in Spotlight’s online sale which saw them marked down from $30 to $24.50

Hundreds of comments under photos of the revamped dining chairs praised the idea, with many saying it’s exactly what they need for their own homes.

‘Wow I have the same chairs and I’m not a fan anymore either. These could be a good compromise until I replace them!’ one mother replied.

‘This is what I did when our five-year-old came along. So easy to wash,’ said another.

A third added: ‘Yassssss (sic)! I have a pretty similar set and have wanted to change the chairs for a long time. Thank you so much for posting this!’

Others said they had bought similar covers on eBay for a fraction of the cost.

‘It was around $26 for six, I grabbed two sets,’ one woman said. 

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