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Friday, June 24, 2011

DIY Rug Painting: Part 1

So call me crazy! I am an avid project starter...what can I say.  At least my dining chairs are finished :)

And my slipcovered chairs will be too - it will just take some time! Here is a sneak peek into my little, cozy home...
But back to the rugs...I have become inspired by all of this hand-painted wallpaper & rug business, so I decided to load up and hit the Home Depot.  The pictures below have really inspired me...

This is from . She is a marvel!

And this one from even has a cut out stencil at the bottom of the post!

So instead of going out and buying a new rug to paint, I opted for the IKEA hand-me-downs my mom gave me last month.  They are forever stained & cheap - so why not?!

Yep - Gross...

Hessum from IKEA
1. Gallon of White High-Gloss Interior Latex
2. Quart of Color
3. Angled Paint Brushes
4. Rollers & Roller Brush
5. Drop Cloth
6. Painters Tape
7. Quart of Clear Sealer for the top (for water based paints)
So I began painting my rug all white by hand, kind of like this. Please listen to her and not me when I say that it is greatly beneficial to use a roller brush.  It took me almost 2 hours to paint half of my rug with a paintbrush & it does not look near as good as her's.  Pictures to come & for STEP TWO click here.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Your Slipcover Pattern: Part 1

Oh my word I have not blogged in awhile! Good news is we have started on the "ugly chairs" - and this happened over a month ago :) Nothing like having wine night with your mom and getting down to business on some slip covers! But my advice is not too much wine or your projects might flop...unless of course you work better with a little bit of tanins in your blood - I know I do!
I will admit, I have felt defeated by these suckers lately & have started to postpone, but don't let that happen to you. Roll with the punches on this one! So after realizing I cannot wrap my mind around the perfect way to tackling this feat, I dove in...head first...
So here is where we started...
TOOLS INVOLVED: Seam Ripper, Scissors, Permanent Marker
STEP #1:
Start by removing the fabric from the seat cushions & back cushions. Luckily for me these chairs had been slipcovered twice before, so we had options on which covers we would use for a pattern. Now, my 2 club chairs are slightly different so we named them Chair #1 & Chair #2 (so clever, I know). You will notice I have already bought extra cushion fillers just in case. They are rather pricey, so make sure you absolutely need them before you buy them.

STEP #2:
Begin by tearing the threads out of the seams. If your slipcover pattern has piping and/or zippers, you will need to rip that out as well. REMEMBER to mentally take note of what you are removing while you are removing it. This is very important for the next step...

STEP #3:
LABEL EVERYTHING! Since this is our first time making chair slipcovers, I figured it would not hurt to be very detailed in exactly what each little is and where it belongs. I have adopted the philosophy of, "When in doubt - label!" Be sure to label as you go. We took lots of pictures as well to help us remember exactly what the chairs look like when they are completed. Also, go ahead and group your pieces together. Just like the picture below: Pattern, piping & pattern covering piping. Stay organized!

STEP #4:
This is what it all looked like when everything was said and done for the cushions. Since there are 4 different cushions (2 per chair), we grouped them by chair, then from top to bottom. We are saving the piping to recover as well - it's still good! And yes, that is the thread we ripped out of the seams...and yes, we are being thrifty here, but throw that thread away!

For SLIPCOVER PART 2, click here.