Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Slipcovering the Chairs

Sometimes the hardest space to decorate is your own.  Then, factor in the lack of a budget and your space becomes a very challenging project.  When we remodeled two years ago we added so much space I got my long awaited for dining room.  It used to be our living room.  But, after that large a remodel there were no dollars for anything to go into that new dining room.  I had some luck in getting a few pieces of furniture from family.  Now the challenge becomes making it your own and not a mixed up grouping of furniture.  I have been working hard on making the pieces of furniture all fit together and one of the easiest ways to restyle a chair is to slipcover it.  This table came to me with four chairs.  They go with the table but I never have liked the pattern on the back of the chair.  So, I left them alone for awhile and tried to decide what to do with them.  

After much debate, I finally decided on osnaburg (Honest  berg) fabric.  It looks like a grain sack but they sell it by the bolt at Walmart.  I believe it was right at $4 a yard.  This fabric is used in primitive crafts.  Pictured here is the fitting of the slipcover.
Half of the fun of slip covering is that you have a blank slate and you can do just about anything.  I wanted a flirty fun twist so I laced up the back of my slip cover with a black grosgrain ribbon.  
I first created this slip cover for an Irish pub table I did in March.  For that slip cover I painted No. 3 Dublin on the front.   This is what I mean about being able to design them any way you want.  
Here are the finished slip covers.  I can't do anything about the floor yet, but I do have some other things in the dining room I will show off soon.
Price to slip cover 4 chairs under $50.
 I will link to :
100 Ideas for Under $100 at Beyond the Picket Fence
Penny Pinching Party  at The Thrifty Home
Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts
Fabric  Fun Thursday at Cheap Chic Home
Transformation Thursday at the Shabby Chic Cottage
Strut Your Stuff at Somewhat Simple


Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

You did a beautiful job with them. I don't sew, so I am always impressed by what others can do!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The slipcovers look wonderful. I love them. Such a cute idea to lace up the backs. I also like the seatcovers. Very pretty. Hugs, Marty

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sherry, those are great. I love them.

Amy Meyer said...

Those are so fun! Thanks for sharing!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

What wonderful slips....love the stencil work.


famr_4evr said...

That is so amazing! Thanks for sharing

It's Just Dottie said...

You are so talented. Great job!
Thanks for the tip about the fabric.

Gail said...

You did a great job! The slip covers gives the charis a totally different look.

Have a wonderful day.

Ali @ Honey and Maple Syrup said...

Those look great!

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

Sherry, Wonderful job! I need to make some slip covers for my breakfast table! I really like the design on them, too!

Kim said...

I like how you showed the fitting process at the top - nice job.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Very cute! The lace-up detail really makes the slipcover! Great job!

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Erin said...

Beautiful slipcovers!! I envy your talent! :)

Inspired by you said...

Love the back. I made a slipcover similar. They look great!