One of the best ways to update your home on a budget is to change up what you already own.  After all, why spend money on something new if you can make what you already own feel new?!  This could mean simply rearranging things to give the room a fresh feel, painting items to update their look, repurposing an item for a different use, or embellishing something to give it a new look.  {You can read more about how to use what you already own HERE}


Today’s post focuses on embellishing, and more specifically, an easy way to update your dining chairs like I did with my numbered chairs.  BONUS! There’s a fun giveaway for you at the end of this post!



My dining chairs are the Vintage French Round chairs in Sand Belgian Linen from RH.  To be honest, though, you can now get almost identical ones from World Market at a fraction of the price.  Anyway, the backs of the chairs are plain.

Restoration Hardware Vintage French Round Side Chair


About three years ago, I came across these wooden numbers at Michael’s and decided to add them to the backs of my chairs to give them a more unique, custom look.  This option worked out great for a while, but unfortunately, the pieces were just too tempting to my littlest one, who liked to pull them off and rearrange them.  Eventually, they broke and since they were a seasonal item, I couldn’t easily replace them.  At less than $1.00 per chair, though, this is a very budget-friendly option.  {You can read more about this update HERE.}



Recently, I decided to give vinyl decals a try and reached out to Miranda at Stone Creek Wall Decals to see if she could custom make some numbers for me.  As it turns out, the vinyl decals are proving to be a great option for updating chairs!  On fabric, they don’t stick as well as they would on a solid surface, but they certainly stick enough to keep them securely in place.  And what’s even better {at least for me} is that they aren’t permanent, so I can change up the design from time to time.


Aren’t these cute?!






The decals I asked for include an “N” and “O” that are 2″ tall, along with numbers 1-6 that are 4″ tall in a matte dark brown color.

Tidbits&Twine Custom Vinyl Decals
Vinyl numbers from Stone Creek Wall Decals

Since I was applying them to fabric, not a solid surface, I couldn’t follow the instructions exactly as provided.  Instead, here’s what I did:


 1.  Find the horizontal center of the chair and then measure down vertically from the top of the chair for where you want to place the TOP of the decal and mark it with white chalk or painter’s tape. {This allows you to have two hands free when working with the decal.  For reference, I measured down 5″ from the top on my chairs.}



2.  Rub over entire decal with a credit card, popsicle stick, hand, etc.

3.  Peel off the backing of the decal.

4.  Align the top of the decal itself {not the top of the transfer tape} with the mark you’ve made and press the decal firmly to the fabric.

5.  This step is the trickiest.  Peeling away the transfer tape is a bit challenging because the decal wants to go with the tape instead of sticking to the fabric, so I found it was easier to tear the transfer tape away in sections.


6.  Repeat steps 1-5 for all other chairs to ensure that your decals are aligned similarly from one chair to the next.

7.  Sit back and admire your handywork!

Alternatively, you could just peel off each piece of the decal from the backing and place each individual letter/number on the chair backs.  I wanted to keep the exact spacing and alignment as they were when delivered to me, which is why I didn’t go this route.


Using vinyl decals to embellish chairs gives infinite possibilities, whether you want to add writing, designs, or even use the decal for a pop of color.  A smaller version of this would be cute on chairs with just the first letter of your family’s last name.

Stone Creek Wall Decals Family Decal


This design {smaller and with just the initial} would also be cute on chairs, don’t you think?

Stone Creek Wall Decals Name Decal


You could also do holiday-themed decals for a really fun look!  Or you can request custom designs to match your decor.  Infinite possibilities…


Win a set for your home!

Here’s the good news.  Miranda created a listing specific to these numbers in case you want to order them for your own home!  You can find the listing {HERE}.  Also, I asked if she’d be willing to provide a complimentary set to give away to one lucky reader and she was kind enough to do so!

You can win a FREE set by using the Rafflecopter form below.  Simply log in with your email address {so that I can contact you if you win} and then choose one {or all three} of the options to enter!  One winner will be chosen at random on April 26th.  {See additional terms and conditions on Rafflecopter.} Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Even if you don’t win, you can still purchase this set directly from Stone Creek Wall Decals by clicking {HERE}.  If you don’t use them for chairs, I think they would also be cute to number cabinets, doors, or even on stair risers!



Good luck and if you purchase these from Miranda, please send pics of how you use them in your home!

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P.S. – This is NOT a sponsored post, I’m just sharing something I love with you in hopes you love it, too! :)

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  1. Colleen van de Kraats says:

    Hi Kim!
    I’m a new subscriber and I am one because I’m sitting here with your awesome mother!
    She has shown me all the fabulous ideas you have, great job my dear!
    Take care.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Colleen,

      Thank you so much for your note and for subscribing! My mom had SO much with you last week. Thank you for taking such good care of her! :) Kim

  2. Penny Sitten says:

    I would use these on a couple of chairs I have.

  3. Tonya Schoepf says:

    Love these chairs

  4. Alana Powers says:

    I would use these on my wall for my kids backpacks. We have 6 kids so this would be perfect.

  5. I’ve always loved the letters and numbers you put on your chairs. I’ve been planning to add them to my bar stools but the years slipped away. Thanks for the update.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Numbered bar stools would be really cute! Good luck in the raffle! :) Kim

  6. I would definitely use them on my dining room chairs! Love what you did!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Kathleen,

      I’m so glad you like the idea of the decals! Good luck in the raffle! :) Kim

  7. I NEVER would have guessed these are decals! It looks fabulous! Pinned!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Pinky!

      I’m so glad you like the idea and thank you so much for pinning! :) Kim

  8. I have loved your chairs since I first saw them. But I thought the numbers were painted on. The decals are a brilliant idea.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Peggy,

      If I didn’t change my mind so much I would have considered painting them on, but I’m not sure that I could commit to something so permanent, so for me, the decals are the perfect solution! Good luck in the raffle! :) Kim

  9. Melanie Winter says:

    I’m so glad you’re back still praying for you and your family! I love this idea for adding a little flair to your chairs!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Melanie!

  10. As a new follower of your blog, I first noticed your chairs on your gorgeous Easter dining table post. I thought then, what a unique way to take an otherwise formal space and give it a bit of whimsy, your chairs are charming! I would like to do something similar with my dining room chairs, as our dining room via the architecture has a tendency to look a bit formal and heavy while the rest of our home is on the eclectic side.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Judy,

      I think you said it perfectly! The numbers do tone down the formality a bit, which for me is a good thing. Good luck with the raffle and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! :) Kim

  11. These are wonderful! I think I would use these on a cabinet that I have, just as soon as I paint it ! Ha! Thanks for the chance to win, it’s a great idea

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      I laughed out loud when I read you comment because I do the same thing! I plan my next step {or sometimes next project} before I finish the first! :) Good luck with the raffle and good luck painting your cabinet! :) Kim

  12. Teddee Grace says:

    I remember when you originally did these chairs and have always liked them. I’m not sure I’d have a way to use these specific numbered decals since I live in a one-bedroom apartment and do not have a dining room or dining room table and chairs, but it’s nice to know the company exists.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Teddee!

  13. I have loved your numbered chairs since you showed them a few years ago, now they are even more stunning. ☺now the decals are something i’d luv to try . But on my front door . I have textured walls ?

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Gee,

      Decals are a fun way to change things up without committing to something permanently. I have a house number decal on my front door and love it, so you should definitely give it a try! Have a great week! :) Kim

  14. I loved them the first time you did them, I love them even MORE now!

    I would use them just like you did, on the backs of chairs – my walls are textured so sadly decals don’t fare well.

    Happy Tuesday!!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Robbyn,

      I like the look of these new ones better, too! Thank you so much for entering the raffle and good luck! :) Kim

  15. Marty Oravetz says:

    I love numbers on your chairs and these look amazing.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Marty!

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