wow… 100! thats a lot! it realy doesn’t seem possible that i’ve done so many, until i look back at the times when sean was out of town and i’d be crafting like crazy and posting multiple times a day! its a sickness, really. so, how’s about i kick off the next 100 with a couple “before & after”s?
the first is gross. really. these are my dining room chairs: we have 4 fabric covered chairs. why would anyone with children buy a chair with any fabric on it? because we bought all our chairs pre-kids, at garage sales, for about $1-5 a piece. so, really, can you blame me? and i’ve recovered them all many, many times. my last “great” idea was to cover them in a wipe-able fabric, but went with what was on hand – a vinyl tablecloth, cut and stapled to fit. it worked for awhile, but it wasn’t strong enough, ripped several times, was repaired with packing tape, then was just uncomfortable to sit on, and quite frankly, was embarrassing. so my motivation for doing something even more stupid than buying a chair with a cushion, covering them in white fabric? a shower i was hosting at my house, of course! in a last minute rush before the shower, when i should have been cleaning the floor or scrubbing the toilets, i grabbed the only fabric i had enough of to cover all 4 chairs – white muslin – and taped (yes taped!) the fabric to the chairs because i had run out of staples for the staple gun. so as you can see from the picture, white was not a good choice. my girls spill every day, if not at every meal. these chairs prove it. when i was at the cottonball (fabric store) getting fabric for “before & after #2”, i found an oilcloth type fabric that would work. oilcloth was an obvious choice that would solve my problems, however it generally comes only in fruit prints and bright graphics (not bad things, just not good for my chairs). this was my result:totally wipe-able and not horribly embarrassing chairs! although, they still creak and are all about to break… add that to the “honey-do” list!
so for “before & after #2″…
about a year and a half ago, i made pillows for my couch. i loved them. still do. but… i’m kind of getting tired of them and don’t want to not love them anymore. so i’m going to put them away for awhile, maybe until spring. last week (?) i posted a sneak peek at this project:
and here’s what became of that pile of fabric:
new pillows! yay! i wanted something a bit warmer, more “fall-ish”. i’m not done yet. i still have a few more to do, and i want to embellish some of these more.
so i hope you’ve enjoyed these last 100 posts as much as i have enjoyed posting them!