Monday, September 29, 2008

Recovered Chair Seats

Welcome to Blue Monday, hosted by Smiling Sally! After being amazed at what a fantastic home maker I am, be sure to visit Sally and the other participants to see the blue items they are showing off this week.
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.

31 comments:

Coloradolady said...

Elizabeth, your chairs turned our really nice. I too love those shows, it is amazing what a little effort and time what you can create. I love the soft blue in the fabric. What a deal too. Great job.

Debi said...

Wonderful job on your chairs!!! I love them, sooo cute!!! Keep up the great work dear Elizabeth.

Looking forward to visiting again :D

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Greyscale Territory said...

Those chairs look wonderful with the blue fabrics! The cane design enhances the cushions and vice versa! A partnership made in heaven!

bj said...

Ahhh...your chairs turned out just great!! You did a good job.
Happy Monday, bj

Justine said...

You did a great job Elizabeth, and looking at these chairs I can see it wasn't any easy job!!!!!!!

Justine :o )

Smilingsal said...

I love that fabric; I could be happy with that in my home. And, it was an extremely good bargain. You did a good job on those chairs.

I watch HGTV too; their shows make a person want to get off her duff and DO something!

Happy Blue Monday!

santamaker said...

Love them! I huge difference, that's why I'm hooked on doing chair makeovers... instant (almost) gratification..tah dah...new chairs! Love a good bargain and you did a great job!

Melissa said...

Your chairs look great. Blue must be in the air these days. I love the fabric you chose it is timeless.

Grandma Faith said...

I know you are happy with your pretty chairs. It looks like you did a great job. Happy Blue Monday. Take care of yourself.

Barbara H. said...

I love that fabric! And the chairs came out nicely. You are braver than I am for attempting them!

Susan Hickam said...

The chairs turned out quite lovely. You did a very nice job. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Sweetie said...

Your chairs really are lovely. The fabric is beautiful. I love to watch "Design on a Dime" but haven't tried anything myself. You have given me some incentive.
Sweetie

Melissa's Cozy Teacup said...

I think you did a good job. They look great! happy Blue Monday!

Shabby Kim said...

Even if they might not be "perfect", they turned out lovely and you should be proud over your accomplishments. I love to watch all the decorating shows myself but have never been brave enough to try anything on my own. Just a side note. I'm from Mpls MN and Joan Steffand used to anchor one of our local news programs before she started Decorating Cents!

Neabear said...

Your chairs turned out great! Isn't it nice to have a project turn out great. Thanks for sharing.

Evi said...

The chairs look gorgeous...good for you!
Thanks for visiting me through BATW. It's been nice to meet some new people.

Michelle said...

What a difference a new seat cover can make! I really need to take a cue from you and do a few at my house. Thanks for stopping by my DIY photo leter frames.

Anne Fannie said...

Hello Elizabeth, your chairs came out really nice. Love the blues.
Love, Ann

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Good morning Elizabeth, wow... you did a great job on your chairs...I love the blue colors... thanks for sharing....hugs, Baba

CC said...

You did a wonderful job on your chairs..they're lovely.

Charli and me said...

Wow! I love your chair make over. You did a wonderful job. They are really beautiful. I hope you have a lovely day.

Mojo said...

I know zero point nothing about upholstery, but I can do the kind of math you're talking about here. That's what... an 84% discount?

jeanne said...

Great project in blue. I like the two fabrics together. I don't think I could do it. Good for you.

Hugs, Jeanne

Dawn said...

I love the fabric. You did a wonderful job on the chairs. It's amazing what you can do with a staple gun :)
take care,
Dawn

French said...

You did an AWESOME job those chairs were a steal love it! French;)

imjacobsmom said...

That's a great fabric on your chair seats! I'm still choosing fabrics for my dining room chairs. ~ Robyn

Jewelgirl said...

I really enjoy your blog and I
am awarding you the Brilliante
Weblog Award You deserve it for
all of your hard work! ♥ Stop
By and pick it up! You make me smile!
Jewelgirl
http://www.sandwichedmom.blogspot.com/

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Elizabeth,
That is an amazing difference in the chairs! They look great!
diane

ellen b. said...

Ha! I am impressed at your upholstery skills Elizabeth. The chairs look fabulous!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Well done!

Lisa said...

I really love those chairs.