Okay, so I always start out a weekend of projects in a very ambitious mode, and then let myself relax and get slightly derailed. Additionally, things always need a little more time than I expect or I change course mid-project. That said, I finished the chair backs in about five minutes, and am still working on both of the mirrors!
My solution for the cat-clawed, fraying and impossible -to-remove chair backs was simple. I did not want to have to spend too much time or money on them, since really and truly, I find them very uncomfortable and have long term plans to replace them. I found these great napkins at Anthropologie. I was tired of so much of my stuff being super matchy-match, and they had just the patchy and eclectic vibe I was after. I simply wrapped them around the backs and used the fringe to tie the ends together. Not a stitch required. Plus, I can easily take them off to wash them, and when I finally trash the chairs, I’ve got a pair of super cute napkins left over!