Sunday, August 29, 2010

Buttons, Ruffles, and Bows

A Slipcovered Chair For The Guest Room

Well, I've been doing a lot of this...

And not a lot of blogging.  I've been training to run a half marathon in October.  I did a nine mile run today, and I'm starting to have some doubts about the whole thing.  But I'm not ready to give up yet.  Anyway, I did find time to finally finish this chair. Here's the before.

The chair was not comfortable to sit in, so I decided to replace the seat.  What a mess that turned out to be.

O.K.  Now what?

I had to cut a piece of plywood for the seat, install supports to hold the plywood, cut foam to fit the seat, and cover with batting.  Not the paint and slipcover project I had originally thought.

There's the chair with white paint and a new seat, ready for the slipcover.   I used three of my favorite things - covered buttons...

Bow ties...

And ruffles.

This chair is for my blue and white guest room.  It is filled with many projects to do.  I'll show you more of the room later.

Now I just need a cute pillow.  Oh well, there is always one more project.


Now onto the parties.

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  1. I love it! What a transformation!! I have a glider/rocker that was my mom's that I want to redo, this has given me some inspiration to do it. Thanks!

  2. That little chair is blue and white darling! Great job!My new guest room is blue and white! :)

    Come by and say hi! :)


  3. Your chair turned out fabulous - love the paint, distressing and the slipcover! Great job!

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  4. This chair turned out beautifully...and how great you have your half marathon goal and are going for it!

  5. Your chair project turned out beautifully! But now you have terrified me -- I have several chairs or rockers needing similar re-covering, and I'm not frozen with fear that I'll end up having to pull everything off and deal with a naked frame. ACK -- a nightmare! Yours turned out great . . . but I'm not sure i could do the same!

  6.! Sometimes the little surprises that you encounter when refinishing can put a damper on things but you soldiered through and it looks fab!

  7. I love the new slip. It's gorgeous....Kathy

  8. It looks so pretty! I love the buttons.

  9. Hi Janet! Oh, what a gorgeous slip cover! You did a wonderful job.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;0

  10. Very pretty, Janet! I love the blue and white gingham!

  11. How pretty that turned out! And what a lot of work! That is a wonderful quilted blue check fabric! It would look so nice at my house! I LOVE blue!

  12. This is sóóó beautiful! I love the fabric, and the buttons and the ruffles, well, I love it all!

  13. This is too cute for words. I adore all of your favorite things. You gave it the perfect amount of distressing, too. I'd love if you'd consider linking this with Fabric Fun Thursday.

  14. That is too cute. Don't you hate it when a chair turns into a major overhaul. Those springs get me everytime.

  15. That is so great! You did a fantastic job. Don't stress about the half marathon. It gets better...Just can run 9 miles! Most people can't even run 1! Keep going! You can do it!

  16. Wow, great job! This chair is very lovely!!

  17. That chair is just adorable! Good luck with your running. I exercise by alternating between walking and running to keep my heart rate up. I sure can't run anywhere near 9 miles!

  18. Stopping by from Cottage Instincts. Your chair turned out beautifully! You were brave to tackle such a challenging project. And nine miles, way brave!

  19. Good for you! Wow, I really admire you. I have a chair JUST like this/the seat is just like this, that is sitting in my old shed. I got a quote of like $500 to recover it/repair it about 10 years ago, so I can imagine what it would cost now. I would love to do something like you did with your chair. I will have to write you to find out what you did for the seat. Great job, you should be so proud.
    Best regards,

  20. wow very creative. This may be a very good idea not to spend too much. and the results are very cool.
    We have some collections of indoor furniture made of solid teak wood from Indonesia.
    Thank you.

  21. Very cute Janet,I always love checks and the colour you choose is also perfect, love to be with you when you publish something.

  22. So cute. I love the blue and white together. I am you newest follower :)