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Sunday, April 3, 2011


When I bought these chairs at an estate sale years ago, I really didn’t have any problem with the fabric on the seats.  It just didn’t seem to fit with the room.  “Howevah”, I’ve lived with them that way for years.  (Please excuse the dining table in the background ~ I was using it as my work table.)

chair bfore
I really bought the chairs, because I loved the carving on the backs of them.
chair back
I have hesitated to change the fabric, because of the way the chair was constructed.  In the past, when I’ve recovered chair bottoms, they were screwed into the wood of the chair.  I was afraid I’d never be able to get those strings back through the holes.  It was not really very difficult at all, and I was sorry I waited so long to change them.
chair bottom
I know you are shocked that I picked a toile fabric – NOT!  I cannot resist a remnant of a toile fabric when I see it on a sale table.  For someone who doesn’t sew, I have a LOT of toile fabric remnants stacked in my closet!
I do like them better … for now.  Now that I know I can get the strings back through the holes, I may change these more often!  I did leave the previous fabric under this one, so if I change my mind, I can always rip the toile off and go back to the old look.
chairs aftr
  I am linking to Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch. 
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I am very behind on my blog visiting, and I apologize.  I do hope I’ll be able to get by to visit my favorite blogs soon.  Thank you for coming to see my little metamorphosis.  laurie


Pam @ Our Adventures in Home Improvement said...

The new fabric looks great Laurie! I love the carvings on the chairs too!

Nice work!


liberal sprinkles said...

oh they look great, what a wonderful transformation. That red toile is gorgeous, very French!
Have a great Blue Monday and week ahead.

xinex said...

I love them, Laurie! Great transformation...Christine

Debbie said...

I have never seen anything attached in that manner before.

Susan Freeman said...

Great job Laurie! Love the toile!!

Susan and Bentley

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

They look fabulous Laurie! I love toile too, it always makes me happy!
I am behind on blog visiting too so don't feel bad, your not along.
And I love your header!!! I suppose there are flowers like that where you live right now.
I wonder if we will ever have spring, this is the latest i ever remember.

Picket said...

Love that toile!!! Actually I drool over any and all toile! lol The chairs are just beautiful could put a tater sack on them and they would be glorious! Have a great week sweetie....Picket

Jewel Sauls said...

Love the chairs and the new fabric. I understand why you hesitated about changing them though because those strings look different than anything I've ever seen before! Glad it turned out to be an easy switch!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Pretty - You did good!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

They are beautiful Laurie~ I haven't seen any chairs like that either... how interesting! I love the toile! :)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

They look beautiful. You can come and do mine now! Our dining room set is carved, it belonged to my husbands Nana who was born in 1900.
I'm guessing it's about 80 years old or more. We need to redue our seats too!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

The new fabric looks good! You did such a great job.The chairs are so pretty and I love the detail on them.

Sarah said...

Laurie, what great chairs! I like both fabrics, and the carving is fabulous. Great job! ~ Sarah

The Tablescaper said...

Great job! A fresh new look.

- The Tablescaper