Monday, April 26, 2010

A little Sunday project

About a month ago, we bought a new dining room set (actually, it's not really new - it's about 40 years old, but it's new to us!) We don't have a seperate dining room, just 1 big room that serves as our formal living room and dining room. I love everything about the table and chairs, except for the fabric that covered the chairs. It's a lovely redish-pink toile, but unfortunately we do not have any red in our house. 
We have a lot of greens and browns in that room, so the chairs stuck out like a sore thumb. 
They didn't exactly match with the modern print table runner that I always keep on the table --eeek!

So I decided I would take an afternoon and recover the chairs in a more neutral fabric that matched the rest of the room. Since this was going to need to be a budget makeover, I found some inspiration from something we already owned:
That is the worlds ugliest couch, which currently resides in our living room. We got it as a hand me down (just like everything else!) when we moved in last year. It was supposed to be a temporary fix until we got something new, but here it is, a year later, still chillin' in our living room. 

We have finally decided it's time for an upgrade and that we would put this baby out with the bulk trash later this week. Since I knew it's time with us was limited, I decided to make use of the slightly less ugly slipcover that came with the couch. I ripped it off and got to work cutting it up to be the new fabric for the chair cushions. 

I didn't take any pictures of my progress, but who doesn't love a good before and after?
A Full table shot
Looks much better with the table runner now!

So that's how I spent about an hour and a half of my time and zero dollars for a pretty major transformation this weekend. I'm very happy with how it came out - it totally changed the look of the entire room. Now we're just counting down until Wednesday when the city comes to take this eyesore out of our house!
Yes, that is the slipcover-less couch that we have to live with for the next 2 days - told you it was pretty horrible!


Trish {Pink Preppy Lilly Lover} said...

WOW! What a fabulous job you did, I love that shade of green on your dining room chairs! Looks great and very inviting and cozy. :)

KatiePerk said...

Way to go! They look great!

Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle said...

Nice job!!!!! The chairs look amazing! You are so crafty girl! I tried recovering chairs once and it didn't turn out so well. I love your table runner too! Such pretty colors! :)

LuvRedandWhite said...

Can't believe how great the chairs go with your decor :)

Jamie said...

It looks great!!

mFw said...

I love the new chairs! You are very resourceful! The room looks great!

Belle said...

Pretty! They look so amazing!

Great job!

SkinnyMeg said...

Great job it looks beautiful with your table runner now!

P*P*P said...

WOW!! Great job!! Gotta love a cheap DIY project! :)

Ashley said...

haha, what a couch! What are you buying instead?

What Kate Wore said...

Oh my goodness, you are amazing! It inspires me to do something with a specific chair we have, and that is saying something.
Thank you for doing the before/after photos, that really helps make a visual impact on what a huge difference the changes make!

Smiles at you,

Always Organizing said...

Great job! Love your budget makeover :)

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Much better and kudos for reusing something to freshen up the chairs!

Alyssa said...

What a huge difference! Looks great!

Day Old News said...

Very innovative! Turned out beautifully, well done.

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