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I’m so excited to have finished my first slipcovers!  Granted, they weren’t extremely difficult, but their creation is a new chapter for me. Would you like to see?My plan was to paint only the two armed dining chairs at the ends of our table.  Remember how they looked originally?And then how I painted them, much to the shock of friends and family members?  (Painting the other six chairs seems too daunting, but don’t underestimate my intent to tackle the table legs next…)My new slipcovers have ruffles….and pretty grosgrain bows….Just like the ones I’ve admired for years.  I’m very in love with them.  It was late as I worked on these, so I did not take process photos.  If you are interested in sewing similar slipcovers for your own chairs, Miss Mustard Seed has two amazing tutorials here.  I followed her basic concept of pinning the fabric inside out (I used…

A little push from a Mother/Daughter Tea event last weekend, in which I helped provide the “princess throne” for photo sessions, prompted me to begin the painting of my dining room chairs.We purchased our dining room set from JCPenney back in 2005 and I still love it, although it’s definitely a lot of wood-tone in this room.  Right now it has one leaf inserted, but we often have both leaves in for more seating.  The set has six regular chairs and two arm chairs.I decided to tackle the two arm chairs first (I may only do these end two ~ we’ll see how it looks when I’m finished).I removed the seat first, which was screwed on from underneath ~….and painted one coat of Sherwin Williams Creamy right onto the finish.  I mixed up  my homemade chalkpaint so I didn’t bother to prime.Once dry, I used a sanding block to distress…

Do you ever one of those DIY momenst in which you’re conflicted whether your current project is completely ridiculous or downright genius?Believe me, this is a common occurrence around here in my quest to decorate for less.  I’m continually rethinking the appearance, function, and arrangement of everything in this house, and quite frankly, there are times I get a wild hair and go kinda crazy.Yesterday’s project was one of those for me.  I simply couldn’t stop myself. I had coffee…I had a light fixture….and I had about 10 minutes to attempt something marvelous.Or ridiculous.Shortly after we moved in I purchased this Mariestad Chandelier from Ballard Designs for our dining area.  If you’ve read my blog for long, you know I hate spending full-price on light fixtures, preferring instead to find old ones at thrift stores or on craigslist and repurpose them, but I simply fell in love with this one and…

I did something so giddy-fun Friday afternoon I would really like to claim it as my own genius.But I can’t.  Because my genius is not this good most of the time.  So I’ll do the right thing and give a shout-out to The Little Brown House for inspiring me on this one.I needed art, I needed it now, and I needed it free.  What to do?Well, I scavenged around my house and found some frames I had hung in our school room but haven’t been totally happy with since they don’t match the other decor in this room and they don’t have mattes in them.  (As most of you have probably known for centuries and I’m either a slow or reluctant learner, mattes go a long way in making a picture frame look more polished).  I stole four of them.I then painted them my current favorite green, Farrow and Ball’s Cooking…