Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Chairs Are Done!





Well, without further adieu....the chairs are DONE! And so am I. The rest of the fabric arrived and I got busy finishing with the recovering of the seats and the piping. I think they turned out great, but not without some stress, frustration, and the worst: waiting. ;) I feel like I did right after I painted the kitchen cabinets...

Definitely a labor of love.
So here are a few before shots. Clearly, a dated set of dining chairs. A weird mix of dark stain and natural caning. The caning might have had a clear coat, but that's about it. The seat covers were original, and originally yucky.
When I saw them at the Goodwill, I hesitated, I knew they were going to be a big job and would take me a while, my stamina is still not built up since my surgery. I didn't rush, because when I rush I get overwhelmed, but on the other hand, I didn't want to look at these ugly beasts too long!






I took some real time deciding whether to paint or not. In the end, I didn't like how the wood of the table and the wood of chairs didn't jive, so finally I decided on a glossy white for the chairs. The table is a beautiful walnut, and the chairs; not so much. I love the look of white paint and wood, don't you? Plus, with the upper cabinets in the kitchen painted white, painting the chairs balanced out the whole area. I know it's hard to tell, but the kitchen and eating area are both one space. Dining/eating on one end, kitchen on the other.



Here they are with their shiny coat of glossy white, 100% linen for the seat covers and a wonderful shade of green for the piping. Once I was done doing the Kitchen Facelift, I used green, as an accent color and I have just loved it.
See how great the wood looks with the white?


Doing the piping was trial and error (heavy on the error), I've never actually done this before, but I'm working on a post that will explain how I did everything, including sources.


Anyway, I'm going to hush up now and let you enjoy the pictures. I still can't believe they are done!












Want to see more pictures? Click HERE. Stay tuned, I'll have the behind the scenes post and pictures ready soon!




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32 comments:

  1. LOVE these!! Want to come do mine?? LOL Looks like they were a lot of work. Love the bright green piping detail, good job! :)

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  2. They turned out great Michelle! So clean and fresh looking.

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  3. What a difference! They are gorgeous, and they're also a perfect contrast to your table.

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  4. The chairs look amazing, you can't even tell they are the same ones! The green piping is a wonderful pop of colour, I just love how fantastic they look!

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  5. Great change. The room looks more bright now.
    Greetings

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  6. they look gorgeous! i love the fun trim on them! such a nice surprise.

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  7. They turned out really good, Michelle! It is too easy to get caught up in a project like this and try to get all the chairs done quickly. I'm glad you took your time. I love the linen on the seat with the green cording. The chairs definitely look much better white!

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  8. I love them, and LOVE LOVE the green piping!!! Well done!

    <3

    Risa

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  9. They turned out just wonderful!!!

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  10. I have always loved painted chairs with a wood table. Your chairs look wonderful! Your idea to use a contrasting cording is genius!

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  11. The chairs came out great! L-O-V-E the piping detail! Please share how you did it. I just may have to try this myself! :)
    Jean

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  12. Love them, great job! XO ~Liz

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  13. White was definitely the way to go. They look fantastic and your room looks lovely.

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  14. They turned out wonderful! Great job and worth it

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  15. Michelle, those are so stunning! A labor of love for sure! Just a pop of color but not over done, great job.

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  16. Michelle - you did an amazing job! I love how the white ties to your kitchen cabinates...I always think like that too! The color choice of fabrics is brilliant!

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  17. Michelle - you did an amazing job! I love how the white ties to your kitchen cabinates...I always think like that too! The color choice of fabrics is brilliant!

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  18. They are so very lovely now! Your piping looks absolutely perfect. Although I can make piping, I have never figured out how to put it on the furniture, so I eagerly await your tutorial! xo marlis

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  19. You hard work certainly paid off!! Those are beautiful! Love the green piping. I also love your centerpiece on your table:)!
    Beth

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  20. Amazing-love the white and linen-so fresh looking-especially with the adorable pop of green-really great job!!

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  21. Wow, those chairs look awesome!!! Love the green piping detail!!

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  22. you really did a wonderful job, the entire room looks relaxed but very stylish. I like a mix of wood tones too, but know what you mean. I think the finish you selected and the cushion covers are total perfection :)

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  23. Your chairs look great! Amazing job with the piping! Thanks so much for your advice on my chairs. I definitely think I will paint them white too...just a matter of finding some time!
    Jenn :)

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  24. Love your coral centerpiece, did you make it yourself? I pinned it, hoping I can link up and repost as a centerpiece if that is okay with you?

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  25. You did a great job. They look beautiful! I just gave a dining room set with a beautiful china closet to Salvation Army. I hope someone brings it home and loves it as much as I did.

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  26. Nikki, "making" the centerpiece is a little strong....but I did put it together. I plopped a piece of faux coral on an urn and stuffed moss around it. :) Super simple.

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  27. you did a fantastic job! Looks great. Your woven roll up blinds. they add a touch of modern to a home. I did my formal lv.rm, dnrm, and kitchen windows from a sale at Penny's and saved $320. They do not recommend them for bd. because of light and privacy. thanks for sharing

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  28. Well in that case I've never made a thing in my life ;) It looks fabulous!

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  29. That piping is such a nice touch!

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  30. You did a great job on the chairs. And, I love the ocean watercolor you found!

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Michelle