I am embarassed to admit this but my dining chairs have looked horrible for about two years now after the kids spilled Easter egg dye on them. It was actually great timing because my husband had just removed the plastic covering that came on them from the store.
Life went on and we just lived with our stained up chairs and winced every time the kids spilled more stuff on them.
Then my Mom then bought an electric staple gun to help me recover them. The first time she went to test it out it jammed and she couldn't figure out how to fix it. She put it away for a while and then decided to see if someone at the home repair store could help her fix it. They were so nice and just swapped out a part for her and didn't charge her a thing!
So yesterday she got up super early and came to my house for the day (mind you she lives in Eastern Washington so it's about 2 1/2 hours one way to get to my house) and we went and bought fabric and got to stapling. By the third chair we had a sort of rhythm down and got done in enough time to enjoy visiting before she and my sister had to drive back home.
I love the way they turned out and love my Mom especially for helping me do it!