Changing the fabric on dining room chairs is easy to do. I wanted a nautical feel and fell in love with this blue and white stripe fabric.

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For this project, I used 4 1/2 yards of fabric to cover six chairs.   
   
Oh! because I changed the fabric on the chairs I had to purchase new curtains to complete the look.  I found new curtains at Home Goods at $16.00 for the pair.

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            Here is my step by step tutorial:  

Tools you'll need a measuring tape, scissors, screwdriver, staple gun.

The first step was to take the cushions off. ( I did one chair at a time.)   Next lay the fabric out, measure, and cut to size.  Leave at least 2" extra to allow for any mistakes.  This is the first time I attempted this kind of project.



Once I measured and cut, I put the cushion on top of the fabric with the front side of the cushion facing me and pulled the fabric tightly over and gave it one staple in the middle.  Then I did the same for the back and the sides.  Once each side had one staple,  I went back to the front of the cushion and stapled along the edge out to each corner leaving one inch between each staple.  Leave the corners for last and fold those over like your wrapping a present.  Give the corners at least three staples. Trim any excess fabric.  Don't worry if it doesn't look perfect.  Remember no one will see under the chair.  (Let's hope not a least.)


After you have stapled all around the chair and your hand and fingers are killing you from holding that staple gun, flip the cushion over and smile and give yourself a pat on the back.  Now grab your screwdriver and screw it back on the chair. 

That's it!!  Only five more to go.☺

 


Here are the chairs dressed in their pretty new fabric

 

   Now I think I'll invite friends over for some food and drinks




                                             The table is set with blue and white plates


Crystal glasses, candles, beach glass & flour sack towels 

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The three white ceramic seashells are candle holders I placed beach glass inside of them instead of candles.











                                Now after all that hard work I'm going to sit back and relax.

              
The print above the chair is of my husband's former boat moored in the bay down the street from where we live. We stumbled upon it at a local art gallery.  We were surprised!!!
 
 
Hi everyone,  Last weekend I had fun shopping around my neighborhood.  I set out driving and stopping wherever there was a sign.


Here are some of the items that came home with me.  I spent a total of $8.00 on everything.



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                                                           The price was $5.00...Paid $3.00


                                    The basket and all of the dishes including the cup were $5.00
                                I love blue and white plates. I have a small collection of them.
                                            There were 12 plates and 1 teacup for $3.00.
                                                                   The basket was $2.00



I plan to use the basket for a dog and cat toy bin and the stool is going to get painted blue.
I picked up a free paint sample from Lowes, which I had a coupon for.

                                    Here is my little guy taking ownership of the basket already.





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Hi friends this project was really simple.  When I first spotted this wall sconce at a consignment shop I walked away from it.  I thought about it all night worried someone else would scoop it up.  I went back the next day and made it mine.   I paid $13.00 for it.  This is what it looked like when I purchased it.



 I knew I wanted to lighten it up.  It was very dark,  not my style, or very pretty, but definitely very cool.
                                              
                           


                                                       HERE IS HOW I CHANGED IT

First I covered the cord and the socket with plastic & tape.  Then I took it outside and spray painted it white. (Semi-Gloss)




It started to rain so I took it inside to dry.  After it was dry I sanded the edges to give it a shabby
look.  ( I forgot to take pictures of that part.)

Then I just hung it on the wall and gave it three different looks by using three different shades.


                                                          
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                                                                      SEAGRASS


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BLUE & WHITE 

                                             
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                                                                  WHITE LINEN

My favorite look is the seagrass shade.  Which one is your favorite?  I would love to know!!

Pin It Board

May 06, 2013, in ,
I love Mood Boards.  They are large bulletin boards and can be very expensive. I have seen some selling at popular stores for over $200.00.   I really wanted one but couldn't afford that price tag, so I made my own.  It was a simple project and guess what it cost me a little over $5.00.

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I made mine using a frame I already purchased at a garage sale years ago.  It had the pretty picture below in it and it was hanging in my living room for a long time.  I thought I needed a change so I took it off the wall and out of the frame.



My original idea was to just flip the picture around and buy a roll of cork and glue it on, but the back of the picture board was too hard to stick a pin.  Instead, I used a display board made of foam core.  I didn't even have to cut it.  It was the exact size of the frame.  It cost a little over $3.00.
(How often do you get that lucky)  




I purchased the fabric at our local big name store for cheap.  $1.00 a yard.  I purchased 2 yards.       (Wow big spender)  and at that price, I didn't mind getting holes in the fabric with the pins. 
I laid the fabric on the table put the foam board on top, cut the fabric to size and folded the sides over the board and taped it.  I used tape.... because if I wanted to change the fabric it would be easy.





Next, I popped it in the frame and hung it on the wall.




Now the fun part.  I started pinning personal things to the board.  You can pin anything you want.
I chose personal things for now.



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You can see a little bit of my personality and what I like. This is what I pinned.   I thought in honor of my wedding anniversary and Mother's Day I would pin these vintage pictures of my grandparent's wedding and my mother's high school picture.  There is a poem my daughter wrote for Mother's Day when she was small, a crochet piece made by my grandmother featured in the bottom picture to the left of my mom.  The rest are photos taken by me and some of my artwork, sheet music, and pretty bird cards, and a vintage hanger.
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It was so much fun pinning the pictures to the board.   It felt like I was creating a huge scrapbook.


So tell me has anyone made one of these?    What would you pin on yours?


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My little friend always by my side.


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