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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Finish Line - For One...

I stopped by RichTex Fabrics today after work - again - and found some great fabric for the seat cushions! It was in the sale section marked %50 off for 2.5 yards at $16.95/yard. The nice young boy working there offered to roll it out to make sure the yardage was correctly marked...It did have minor flaws here and there but PERFECT for this project. It actually measured out to 3.25 yards...and he only charged me for 2.5!!!! What a sweet guy!!! Seriously - guys out there...I doubt you're reading this, but if you are, here is a good lesson to remember :) So the total fabric cost was $23!! What a steal!!

So here we have it...Before & After...Now? Only 5 more chairs to go!

(Sorry for the poor photo quality - the kitchen is the only room in my cottage with installed lighting!)

Home is where the chairs are?

Yes - There are more chairs. I decided to put the club chairs on hold until I can convince my mother to help me with the sewing (oh and love you mom!)...So I moved on to these dining chairs since my brain has been consumed with home projects.

I roughed up the chairs with some smoothing sand paper (3 sheets per pack at Home Depot). Then started my first coat with Behr Seal Gray in a hi-gloss...It needed 2 coats, but this is almost finished outcome. The "ta-da" moment will have to come tonight/tomorrow when I can put the seat back on.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Am I going to regret this?

At lunch today, I went and bought new fabric...Without a doubt in my mind or a single hesitation, I bought an ivory cotton duck. Patting myself on the back for being so domestic and having the "do it yourself" attitude. Get the fabric cut, pay for it, load it. Then...on the way home...something terrible happened. Kristen said, "Brave move for you to pick white" - My thoughts immediately turned to Sloan coming in after golf, the dogs romping around with dirt in their paws, oblivious visitors who know nothing about keeping furniture clean...YIKES!

So now I might be doing a slip-cover...
The best fabrics to use on a piece of furniture you will be frequently using are durable, thick, but have the ability to "give" a little so you can get that clean look.

Ugly Chairs

After moving into my new cottage, I realized some nice, new furniture would really help to spiff up the place and add some necessary seating for visitors...who have yet to be invited :/...So after going on a rampage of searching retailers/wholesalers/eBay/Overstock is EXPENSIVE...So I managed to find these beauties on Craigslist...

Yes, they are actually slip-covered. Yes, someone went and picked out this material. The wood is structurally sound with no creaks or cracks...All it needs is some new fabric, foam & batting...I will be posting pictures through my process to let you know how it goes :)