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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

July 30, 2009

Easy Vintage Chair Covers/Kitchen redoing....

Hooked on a Farmhouse Vintage Kitchen! Visit Julia @http://hookedonhouses.net/ for all the hooked on fun.
Trying to work on how my old farmhouse kitchen looks and it needs a redo! You have to look at what you have and make it beautiful....do you ever look at your hips and think you need a redo? Hahahaha
Aaaah, here is a picture of my naked dining room. Nothing on the table or chairs...it just feels....NAKED. Most of you know...we live in an old farm house where the dining room is in the kitchen...so you are all together, cooking, eating, visiting, etc....


We've been married (cough, cough) 29 years (so together its really 58, another cough) and the chairs are really starting to look SHABBY FARM CHIC! So I decided to do a basic slipcover....I got the idea from a pillowcase! I measured my chairs across --(the width) and down (the length)--- from the knobs to where you sit (it is the shape of a pillowcase). I added an inch to each side for the seam allowance. Next....


I cut the fabric and folded it so it looked like an "unsewn" pillowcase. Then I sewed it, hemmed it and in some cases added a bit of lace. I used white fabric, some old vintage tablecloths I had, and some beige linen. I tried all of it because I wanted to know what I liked best. And I liked the white duck (which is tough 100% cotton) that can be washed a great deal. The white batiste, which is see through, soft, airy fabric I also liked because it softened the chairs up, and also is good for washing.
Here are my rooster, red checked curtains (made out of tablecloths from Walmart)-remember I live in a farmhouse...





Below are the chair covers I have made so far!


And the curtains, which lighten things up considerably!


The corner of my kitchen by the pantry on the right.

Here below is my shabby chic table setting from yesterday's Thursday Tablescape. Take a look at my post yesterday for more.
Hope you enjoyed the tour! I'm so glad you came by.
Blessings,
Debbie
"You prepare a table before me, only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life..." Psalm 23:5,6

11 comments:

Lylah Ledner said...

Oh Debbie...I love what you've done...so, when's breakfast? :-)

Susie from Bienvenue said...

What a pretty table! I will be thing of you two...hang in there Mom...hang in there..{{hugs}} for both of you!

Anonymous said...

Love the tablescape! You must have different things at your Walmart than what's at ours. The curtains from the tablecloths are fantastic! Like the wallpaper too! Looks really cozy!

Decor To Adore said...

I am visiting via Hooked on Houses. It is such fun to see your slips!

Please drop by and enter my giveaway.

Have a blessed weekend!

Christy said...

Debbie, Your home is lovely! I am interested to know where you found a small country town and a farm house to live in here in Southern California?? It looks like you and your family live a charmed life with the best of both worlds! Thanks for sharing...Christy

Vickie said...

I love what you did with your chair covers!

I also love the fact that there are other people out there that use the dining chairs for ladders when painting! I've got paint on my chairs, too!

Very pretty - the window looks nice, too, and I bet your dining/kitchen is alot brighter with summer sun!

Vickie said...

Oh yeah....

We're moving our daughter back to college in a week or two, also. It's tough on a mama!

K-Sue said...

You really have summered up the looks of the dining room. It's very pretty. I especially like the flowered chair covers.

Unknown said...

I was going through some modern designs on Dining Room Tables And Chairs and I found amazing collection.

Denise said...

Thanks so "sew" much for the inspiration. I am thinking of making some for my dining room chairs.

XXDenise

~Lesa~ said...

Oh my. Sooo beautiful. Great job.