Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Pair Of Dining Room Chairs Meet A Drop Cloth

I have two dining room chairs, that once dressed in slipcovers, will be great placed at the ends of the newly refinished table.


(These legs need covering, not a good match!)



For ideas on how to tackle this project I looked around the wonderful blog Pink and Polka Dot, the place I found my inspiration when covering the two chairs for Max's Bedroom.


before



after

For this project I'll be using drop cloths, which are being pre-washed...


...and that is as far as I have gotten!!

I did say the kids have had some extra days off from school, so a little progress is a big achievement.

36 comments :

  1. My dining chairs in my old house were made from drop clothes:) They lasted for years! Good luck:)

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  2. you're right, those legs don't go with the other legs!

    I picked up a drop cloth Monday, but it's just so I can paint one of my blue dressers! Can't wait to see the steps on making the slip cover. I haven't pulled out my sewing machine, yet. I think I'm intimidated;-)

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  3. Yep. Ya gotta have kiddos in school to get almost ANYTHING done around the house. lol. :) Looks like it is coming along great though! ;)

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  4. Can't wait to see what you do! I'm contemplating a slipcover for an arm chair in my home office using drop cloths.
    Don't forget to enjoy your time with the kids, too. :)

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  5. Seems like drop cloths are the way to go these days. I am anxious to see how your slipcovers turn out. Love the way Max's chairs turn out.

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  6. Your chairs are going to be gorgeous - can't wait to see the end result!

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  7. I am really curious about this project. I had once read a tutorial on using a drop cloth to recover a wingback but reading was as far as I got. . . .Look forward to seeing how this turns out.

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  8. I keep looking at a couple of slipper chairs that I have that are waiting to be upholstered....even have the peacock blue velveteen to put on them.....I understand intimidation!!!
    Good luck with you projects!

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  9. I look forward to this, Janell. I have thought about purchasing the parsons chairs that come in pairs {like from Target} but they would need to be covered and this would be a great solution.

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  10. I can already tell that they're going to be gorgeous- can't wait to see the finished chairs!

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  11. I bought Kristi's eBook on how to make slipcovers last year. I made a slipcover for my husband's Lazy Boy. It was my hardest sewing project to date. But I couldn't stand looking at his chair another minute.
    I hope you have an easier time then I did.

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  12. I can't wait to see what you do with those drop cloths. My kids are off this week as well. We are leaving for NYC to go and see a broadway show. I think I will blog about it tomorrow or else I will have nothing else to post about since I've gotten very little done with them home and playing camp counselor. Yikes.

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  13. Love the look which happens to be "the in thing" right now...think they will look great and look foward to seeing the finished product!

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  14. Drop cloth will be so nice. It's sturdy and can handle the ware and tare of kids. Excited to see how they turn out!!

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  15. You are completely right-a little progress is big progress with little ones!

    By the way, I love your blog! It has a plethora of great tips.

    So nice to see how you balance blogging, and kids!

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  16. Can't wait to see what you do with the drop cloths! I've contemplated using drop cloths on some binatge chairs in our family room. Maybe even adding a design to them with fabric paint. Looking forward to seeing the after pics!

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  17. Can't wait to see what you do next. Always full of great and inspiring ideas!

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  18. Excited to see how they come out. I have plenty of those around the house since I changed up my drapes!

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  19. They are going to look amazing. I bought drop cloths for slipcovers for my living room couch and chair and to make skirts for my dining room chairs. I'm always trying to figure out what size is easier to work with. I sure hope they don't start raising the price on them because designers and diy folks are using them.

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  20. Janell! I just love Max's room! I am just now putting two and two together... I have seen this room online before, but I did not connect the fact that it was yours. Anyway, I am so glad I stopped by today... I need to do it more.

    Good to 'see' you again!
    -{darlene}
    fieldstonehilldesign.com

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  21. I love dropcloths for slipcovers - I made one for my last white sofa and still have the matching white chair. So rugged - after 11 years it still looks great! My dining chairs have slips I bought at IKEA about 8 years ago and I love them. :) can't wait to see yours!

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  22. Drop cloths are a great resource for economical and sturdy fabric. I once made a fitted, piped cushioned slipcover for a two seater sofa( I was not working at the time snd it still took me a couple weeks)out of drop cloths that cost about 10$ a piece.
    The table looks wonderful btw. My only other thought on the chairs is that the backs don't quite look tall enough to fit the proportions/scale of the table.
    Can't wait to see the final result though!

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  23. It's going to look beautiful. I love slip covered chairs and have plans to tackle sewing drop cloths sometime in the near future. Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful design! :)

    Roeshel

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  24. Susan, what an interesting point! We shall see how they end up looking: working with what I've got! I think in the end having the slipcovers reach to the floor will balance their scale with the table.
    Janell

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  25. I purchased a 2-pack of canvas drop clothes from Home Depot and are going to use them to make two headboards for my future guest room. The fabric, while a little stiff out of the package, washed up nicely and looks very linen-y! I have 4 parsons slipcovers from Ballard Designs that I bought and the fabric looks very similar, I have to say. Unfortunately, I'm not a sewer, so I spent the $59 per slipcover ~ I'm looking forward to seeing how your slipcovers turn out!

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  26. Love drop cloths. Perfect for kids because you can bleach them and use the strongest detergent on them without worrying about the fabric wearing out.

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  27. Hello.....I've just visited your website and I found very beautiful drop cloths. Thank's for it......

    http://www.vivahomestore.co.uk

    http://www.vivahomestore.co.uk/oak-dining-tables/default.aspx

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  28. I was just thinking that this would be a good durable option for our dining room chairs I want to do. Can't wait to see how yours turn out!

    http://my-inspired-nest.blogspot.com/

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  29. Oh, how I envy all of you seamstresses! Looking forward to seeing your slipcovers -- although I do like the combination of dark and grey wood together.

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  30. Oh Lord....I feel another masterpiece coming about! No grass grows under your feet that is for sure :)

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  31. Hi, Janell -

    Table looks great, and I think the chairs will be fab, too. Why don't you paint the legs a high gloss gray - about the same shade as the table?

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  32. Yay! More drop cloth greatness. I'll be watching...

    -Rene

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  33. I made my drapes out of drop clothes years ago. They still look beautiful. My couch is slip covered in Ikea velvet drapes I dyed gray and my ottomans are slip covered in bedspreads from Homegoods. Happy sewing!

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  34. I love that your chronicling this project in such detail - I can't wait to see the final results!

    Morgan @ PDB

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  35. Hi thanks for the info, It was sweet to finally read a great blog that actually makes sense. I will be back soon to read some more. Great job

    http://shopclues.com/

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