Friday, August 22, 2008

Frugal Furniture

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We have a lot going on here, at Smockityville, so I forgot it was Friday.

And I forgot that on Fridays, I like to participate in Frugal Friday.

I also forgot my middle name for a few minutes today, but now I have come back to my senses. Hence, today's Frugal Friday post.


We have some chairs that were very badly in need of recovering. Trust me when I say the original upholstery was a sight you should be glad you do not have to behold. There were all manner of food and drink stains and mysterious filthy feet prints that, to this day, have not been claimed by a single member of our family.

So I took a staple gun and some fabric that I had purchased to coordinate with the wall paper in our dining room and set to work.

I didn't bother taking off the original upholstery. I just wrapped the seat like I would wrap a gift.

Then, I trimmed the excess.

Time to put it back on the chair frame.

Just in case any kids with dirty feet decide to stand on a chair...

Here is the chair in its place with the coordinating wall paper.

Here is a cornice board that was in our house when we bought it. At the time, it was covered with a nubby burnt orange and brown fabric. I recovered it and I like the way it turned out.

Here is a closer look. You can see where I pieced it together.

I was only out the cost of the fabric, staples, and a little thread, and I have a room that is bright and cheery!

Be sure to visit Biblical Womanhood for more frugal tips.


Aimee Kieffer, aka "Momzoo" said...

very pretty. I have alway been afraid of re-upolistering (sp-ack!) but you make it look so easy!

Brooke said...

my dad is excellent at recovering chairs - and i'm planning on using my great-grandmother's table and china cabinet in the new house so that's a must (unless avacado green is your thing)

momof4sweetsisters said...

I REALLY like your cornice! It turned out nice and the fabric is right up my alley.

Anonymous said...

Does the Scotch Guard really work?
I reupholstered some chairs in our dinning room and then the food and grime took over. I would love to do them again w/scotch guard if it really works.


Linz said...

That's so pretty. You have a really good eye for colors and a knack for putting things together. :)

The sign-up sheet is still up on the bulletin board. If for some reason its not there Sunday just let us know what you can bring. Glad ya'll are coming. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm a little bit in love with you blue toile wallpaper!

BarbaraLee said...

My dh had a table & chair set like that before we got married. The only thing was it had cream colored cushions. You can believe they were very hard to take care of.
We gave the set to some friends of ours b/c I got a bigger set to fit our family size. Wood seats.

Nikki said...

Wow! You did an excellent job on both projects! I love the choices of fabric as well.

Donna(mom24boyz) said...

The chairs look great! I just love toile!

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