Sunday, April 17, 2011

Power Drill, Staple Gun and Dinning Room Chairs... Oh my!

We've moved three times over the last year and a half, so trying to make each new house feel like home has been somewhat of a challenge. Our last house we lived in had white woodwork and pretty gray walls. This new house we just moved into has a lot of dark wood trim and textured walls. It almost has a lake house retreat feeling. If you know what I mean? It has an open floor plan, so I've been trying to create a cohesive space. I don't want to spend a lot of money. One of my solutions was to recover the dinning room chairs. I've always wanted to do this. I've seen it done on the Home and Garden channels many times.

It's just as easy as it looks. I used a hounds tooth fabric in chocolate brown. It bought it from House Fabric. It was only $9.95/yard compared to $75.00 at Joann Fabrics and they shipped it quickly.

I was happy with the end result and I got to use a staple gun and power drill which is always a plus.

I bought the curtains at Target. They are not really curtains. They are 84 inch table cloths. I used drapery clips . Target has some Dwell Studio table cloths that would be beautiful as curtains too.

I have found a place for the framed butterflies at each house. This is a fun project and great way to use Anthropologie catalogs. They still look pretty good after two years.

This cabinet had really ugly wooden handles. The screw holes were not standard so I had a hard time finding replacement handles. Finally I found some that worked. They were $10.00 a piece, but they made the cabinet look so much better.

I have it filled with colorful mid century dishes. They make me happy.

I'm using a small antique cupboard as a bar for the time being. I think it works.

I think the recovered chairs pull the room together.

Sharing with  Miss Mustard Seed, Tatertots and JelloIt's Overflowing, Southern Hospitality and The Southern Product Queen.


kim said...

First, I bow to you moving 3 times in a year and a half. I am still recovering from our move almost two years ago. I'm still not sure it will ever feel like home.

I love seeing your creativity. Your chairs look great! I just recently re-covered a vanity stool and was amazed at how easy it was!

april said...

Very nice! I like your ingenuity!
I recently bought a zebra print cloth shower curtain, cut it in half to make 2 panels then hung it in my daughter's "wild life" bedroom as curtains for her bedroom. While i am not really into that theme, i will say that it totally makes her room "pop"! I can say it looks good even if its not my thing.
Using things other than what they were intended for really saves money and gives you that one of a kind decoration.

MadMad said...

Wow. THREE times? Wow. I kind of marveled at how easy you made it seem (ie. there was not an awful lot of whining, if any, coming from these here parts.) I moved five years ago and STILL have unpacked boxes and things that never got done and probably never will... You're a marvel. And I LOVE the chairs! The room looks great!

Larissa said...

You did a great job with the chairs! Your dining room looks beautiful. I still recall when you were selling your home and had to sit in the car with your doggies during showings. Thanks so much for the link to the fabric site - i am jotting that one down! Enjoy your lovely home!

Loretta said...

You are an inspiration and I am in awe of your imagination, talent and good taste. You need to come over to my house and 'fix' me !

Renee said...

wow - lovely!

The Southern Product Queen said...

Love this idea! Super cute! I'm having a linky party on my blog and would love for you to link up! Here is the address

nannykim said...

love it~

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Super projects! My favorite are the dining room chairs. The hounds tooth fabric is beautiful.


Aimee from said...

Fabulous Projects, I can hardly stand it!!! Thanks for linking up at Overflowing with Creativity! I'm glad we're bloggy friends!!