8/12/13

It's a Cover-Up, Oh No!

Hey everyone!  Happy Monday!  I don't know about y'all, but I'm super-happy that August just seems to be flying by.  August can be very insufferable here, so I am most happy to just get through it.  Besides, then I can start decorating for Fall -- YAY!  Well, you had to know that was coming, right?  Anyway, I've been trying to keep myself busy with indoor projects during the "heat," and I wanted to share one of the projects I completed.

Some of you may remember my great Craig's List buy of this cute oak table, 6 chairs, 24" leaf, & custom pad all for $125 -- yeah, I know, such a deal!  I bought this shortly after we moved into this home and with some cleaning and some Liquid Gold, it worked fine for about a year.

Abby has to give everything a thorough sniff to see if it meets with her approval!


Anyway, last Fall, when we did some remodeling in our kitchen (you can see that HERE), we also did a bit of an update on the table.  We used the same paint on the table top as on our island and the cabinet trim.  We couldn't believe the improvement that made.


The chairs were still lacking, but The Man kept promising to redo the back spindles as some were missing and others were no longer glued properly.  He concluded he would have to purchase a special tool to redo those, and that project got pushed to the end of the "Honey Do" list......whyyyyyy?  Anyway, the chairs were really bugging me, but apparently not him, so I took matters 
into my own hands.

I decided a "cover-up" was in order and made simple little slipcovers using drop cloth fabric.

The two chairs with arms had to have a gusset which was simple to do, but the other.....

four chairs basically got a pillow case shape to slip down over the backs.  Embarrassingly easy!

Well, I like them so much that I don't care anymore whether he fixes the backs or not!

Sometimes I like the table bare and other times, I have a drop cloth tablecloth on it.

So, when The Man drags his feet, Momma picks up the slack and does a "cover-up!"

What surprised me the most about this little project, other than how much I liked it, is how much 
The Man likes it, too.  Maybe he's just happy to be off the hook for repairing those doggone chairs!

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24 comments:

Shelia Williamson said...

Hi Carol! Well, what a beautiful job you did. I love the slip covers you've made. You did a great job too. The painted tabletop looks so pretty. Thank you for your sweet comments on my homemade dress.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Rosario said...

Its amazing how just a few changes in our furniture make a huge difference in appearance. Great job on the slip covers.

Carol said...

Thank you so much, Shelia!

Botanic Bleu said...

What a great way to cover just the backs of wooden chairs! Clever, but not too elaborate. These covers probably look great with your drop-cloth tablecloth. Y'all also did a great job on painting the table.

Thanks for visiting my French Country Kitchen and leaving such a wonderful comment.

Judith

Botanic Bleu said...

What a great way to cover just the backs of wooden chairs! Clever, but not too elaborate. These covers probably look great with your drop-cloth tablecloth. Y'all also did a great job on painting the table.

Thanks for visiting my French Country Kitchen and leaving such a wonderful comment.

Judith

Vel Criste said...

It looks great that way Carol! love that it matches your island too! And I just saw your kitchen as well - love the updates you made and all the decor! You have a great eye for making vignettes work around your home, and your kitchen is no exception!

Joani said...

Love the cover of the top of the table. I love the chairs. I have one of those chairs with the arms and I love it. Thanks for the laugh this Monday morning. Can't wait for August to be gone and maybe some cooler weather. Hugs.

Carol said...

Thanks, Vel! Sometimes it's fun to go back and look at some of the early photos of our home and see just how much we have accomplished. Other times, it just makes me tired.....sigh!

Carol said...

Thank you, Rosario! You are absolutely right -- just a tweak here and there!

Cindy said...

Very nice! I must say, your table and chair slips look fabulous! That's a gorgeous table and chair set.

Jennifer said...

I love it. The painted tabletop is very classy and the covers give the whole thing a new look. That was an amazing find! I should check Craigslist more often.

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Super job! I love the slipcovers just like they are. I wouldn't change a thing. Hope Abby approves. :)

Cindy Cain said...

I have had the same table set for about 12 years. I had Never thought about painting the table top - scary to me - but yours looks beautiful. Maybe I will have to try my hand at something new :) Thanks for the idea!!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love this, it totally changes the look of the set. Great idea. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Linda Primmer said...

What a great concept. I love how it looks and your hubby is off the hook for now.

Carol said...

Thanks so much, Cindy! Our poor little set had been badly cared for by the previous owner, so we didn't have much to lose!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great solution, Carol! Whether it is temporary or permanent I think it is a nice alternative to a chair back.

Thanks for linking up to The Creative Home & Garden hop! : )

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

Well how clever! I have been wanting to make slip covers for my breakfast room chairs, but that would be a huge job, because they are huge chairs. Why didn't I think of just doing the tops?? Thank you sweet lady, and job very well done!

Traci said...

What a great solution!

Refresh Renew said...

These turned out wonderful!-aimee

Gail @ http://biblelovenotes.com said...

Smart cover up with your chairs and a great way to quit worrying about your hubby's hesitance to do the wood-working. So you not only brought some beauty into your home, you brought some peace : )
That's always a nice combo.

Angela ~ Call Her Blessed said...

Very pretty cover-up, indeed =) And fall decor, YES! I'm trying to hold back, but I'm wanting so badly to drag it all out already. Have a great weekend.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

You did a great job covering your chairs! I like your Fall decor too, although I haven't start yet, you are very inspiring. Enjoy the rest of the summer.
FABBY

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Very nice! Don't tell him that you don't care if he fixes them though!! LOL... My husband is painfully uncomfortable with wood projects so I try not to ask. I need slip covers for my kitchen chairs, but I'm not talented enough to make what I need. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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