Dining Chair Slipcover Reveal

My technology fiasco continues to drag on with my old computer.  I am officially done with it I think and will be biting the bullet to purchase a Mac in the coming weeks (gives the one finger salute to HP).  So apologies for not posting yesterday…….

On Tuesday I promised to show you the new dining chair slipcovers and I am a man of my word.   A few months ago, I got this notion — this hankering — this need — to add pattern to the kitchen.  It was feeling a tad too sterile for my liking and was lacking warmth.  Or it could have just been that we were having a sucky and cold Spring — but either way, I was craving a change. 

On one of my regular jaunts to the discount fabric store, I ran across this fabric:

I instantly fell in love with the pattern — its large-scale print in greige, grellow and cream was the perfect foil to my white walls, charcoal trim and wood door.  It also coordinated beautifully with the teal I painted in the pantry.  What sealed the deal for me was that is was an indoor/outdoor fabric — perfect for a dining chair slipcover.  Who cares if you spill red wine!  Sticky baby fingers – no sweat!  I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it was $8.99 a yard plus it was sale day – SCORE!  So in my book, I scored the designing trifecta of beauty, function and price.  BOOYAH!

I bought 12 yards of the fabric (2 yards per chair) and called my seamstress to get to work on the project.  She whipped this puppies up in no time!  Here they are…..

 

I am really pleased with how they turned out and how well they fit into the overall scheme of the room.   And yes – I had my doubts…..I worried that since the chair wasn’t perfectly straight that the slipcovers would look bunchy and saggy.  While the slipcovers are not a perfect fit – I like the casual feel of them.  I am particularly happy that we opted to go with a pleated front to allow guests to kick their feet back rather than the fitted bottom I envisioned. 

The pattern is adding a lightness to the kitchen and a casual quality that I am loving.  It feels fresh and inviting – so mush so that I am having issues with Scruffy wanting to jump on the chairs now to take a nap.

So with this project done, I am now back to focusing on how to hang the chandelier I found for the dining room and mapping out details for the master bedroom make-over.

I am off to count my pennies for these other projects and potentially to sell a pint of blood to make them happen.  Have a great weekend!!!!

Dining Table Vingette & Slip Cover Sneak Peek

I’m BACK!

This last week has been a technology cluster f-bomb.  My computer contracted a virus that destroyed the hard drive.  In turn, the hard drive I wanted was sold out in my area, so I had to hunt around for it, finally finding it an hour away.  My computer is STILL with the Geek Squad at the moment who promised that it would be fixed in 3-4 days.

The Partner was kind enough to loan me his computer while he is in Bali (yeah the tropical country where you get massages poolside).  You would think that would end the technology fiasco right?

Wrong!

His computer didn’t read my camera and I lost the pictures — they are somewhere I am sure, but just not where I thought.  To top it all off, I was frozen out of my WordPress account for several days.  When it rains, it pours.  But I am back and ready to blog baby.  Thank you to those of you who sent emails and comments asking where I was and if I was okay — they were greatly appreciated.

Well with all this techno-stress in my life as of late, I decided I needed a little reprieve — something soothing to look at while I worked in the kitchen (which doubles as my drafting studio, art center and psycho best friend counseling center).  So I created this simple vignette shopping  my local grocery store for flowers and my garage for everything else…..


This is one of my favorite vignettes to date for my dining table.  Simple, easy and elegant – I think it fits the overall mood of the house and hits the serene and calm aspects I was trying for on the nose.  And I think it’s pretty to boot…..


I used curly willow and stargazer lilies I picked up at the grocery store for a total of $10.  I love the juxtaposition of the lilies against the random curves of the willow branches.  I placed them in a simple vase from West Elm (which has been hitting the mark HARD when it comes to their accessories – kudos to them).

I finished the vignette with two pieces of driftwood and a painted glass bowl I picked up from Marshalls a few months ago.  The wood provides a nice organic form to the lower section of the vignettes, while the bowl visually expands the scene, giving a larger impact than if they vase was left alone.  In addition, these two additions provide levels which I think are key to a success vignette.

Now I also said there was gonna be a sneak peek at some slip covers.  If you look closely, you might see a snippet of a fabric I debated on the blog a few months ago….


A shiny new penny for the first person to spot it….. but I promise a full reveal later this week.

Okay, time for me to kick it into high gear as I am finishing up a design project and shot my second video for the blog. 

Do let me ask — did you miss me?  Because I surely missed y’all!!!

Upcoming Project: Slipcovering Dining Chairs

Happy Belated Easter!

This week I am traveling for work and pleasure…mostly work, but a boy’s gotta have a little bit of fun right?  In between school, design projects and running the household, I am stretched pretty thin at the moment.  Fortunately, classes end for a month in two weeks and one design project is winding down, so I have a bit of a breather.

So with this bit of down time, I can focus on at least one household project……slipcovering my dining room chairs.  Don’t get me wrong — I LOVE my dining room chairs…….

The Miles Chair from Room and Board is a versatile chair; slim in profile, they look fantastic with my glass dining table and equally awesome when pulled out to the patio for a casual dinner.  However, I don’t think the chairs were meant for the heavy wear and tear that I have subjected them to along with intense hours in direct sun thanks to my sliding glass wall.  The backs of two of the chairs is starting to warp and bubble and one has a small tear in the leather.

Drats.

So I have two options: (1) replace the damaged chairs and at $175 a pop, that is an expensive proposition or (2) slipcover these bad boys.  By now, y’all should know that I like to look at the frugal option  before parting with my cold hard cash.  Slipcovers it is.  But slipcovers can quickly spiral out of control and I could find myself spending a butt load (yes that is an official designer term in my book) on fabric and labor.

Fortunately, I visited my favorite discount fabric store and found this fantastic indoor/outdoor fabric in an oversized leaf motif:

The fabric is a fantastic mix of butter yellow, greige and green — it sounds odd but in the kitchen, it adds a fantastic pop of pattern and looks great with the teal in the pantry.  But the cincher is that the fabric is $8/yard.  I estimate that it will take 2 yards of fabric per chair so it cost me $100 for fabric and about $100-$150 for labor.  For a grand total of $250 or slightly more than replacing one chair, I can get basically six new chairs and a whole new look for the kitchen.

Now I just have to put this plan into motion…….and that is always the difficult part isn’t it?

So do you have a killer fabric you are dying to use in your home?  Share it in a comment!