I bought my first home last year, and I decided to change the colors I used in my living room. I went from a plaid couch in deep jewel tones, very early 90s, to a solid khaki couch. The other color I am using is a smoky sky blue. The carpet was already here when I moved in, only 1 year old, so it worked out perfectly.
I found a fabric I LOVED at Joanne's for the curtains and seat cushions of my antique wicker chairs. Listen to this bargain: The fabric was $36.00 a yard, marked down to $18.00, and then I had a coupon and got it for $6.00 a yard!!
I've watched Design on a Dime, Decorating Sense, and the other bargain decorating shows so much I figured I could cover the wicker chair seat covers no problem, even though I had never done this before. I got out my handy staple gun, popped the cushions out, and tried to go to work. Well, a circular seat creates a good pattern or system for pulling the fabric tight, as does a square or rectangle. My seats are arched. Straight in the front and then a curve in the back. Also, because they are handmade and so old, they are all distorted. It took a long time to figure out where I should start stapling and how to go around corners and curves without making sloppy lumps. I was actually sweating by the time I was done, but I think they came out pretty good! Please note that I did this project 9 months ago when I could still breathe normally!
Now, take a rest from your amazement at my homemaking abilities, and then go visit Sally and the other Blue Monday participants! Think about joining us next week with your own blue item.