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November 8, 2010
by thenestinggame

I realized this weekend that if I were on “Get it Sold” or “Design on a Dime,” that I would be a total failure when it comes to the time crunch. Because, while recovering my dining room chairs on Saturday and Sunday morning, I took about 27 breaks. I made tuna sandwiches. I went for a walk. I talked on the phone. I whined about the staple gun hurting my hand. I watched the Breeders’ Cup Classic and CBS Sunday Morning. Hence, the project took me a day and a half. But, I’m very pleased with how everything turned out, despite the snail’s pace.

But first, gotta give a shout-out to Kristen who posted our silhouettes on her blog and my hits went through the roof! So, “Hi people from KFD designs!” Also, I must contradict Kristen’s claim that our projects always “work like a charm.” We tried to do some stenciling on our dining room wall and it was a complete FAIL. I have some pics of the work in progress, but none of the terrible result.

First Taylor spent about 2 hours cutting out this stencil on acetate.

Then he painted it on with hi-gloss paint the same color as our walls. (Another Kristen trick.) And, when we took the stencil off, it looked HORRIBLE. (Not Kristen’s fault by any means.)

We were so horrified by the result that we didn’t even take a picture.

Moving right along, this weekend’s DIY adventure turned out much better. Here is the before. It’s ancient blue velvet that used to be on the Living Room couch, which used to be my Grandmother’s living room couch, and may seriously be 60 years old. Maybe even older.

You can also see a peek of the Paris curtains! They are satin-y like those puffy jackets from the 80s. (Rhodes folks: Silver Bullet, anyone?)

Because the fabric wasn’t stinky or deteriorating, and because it was very well nailed in with the batting on the underside, I just wrapped my new fabric over it. I made sure it didn’t show through, first.

Then Taylor gave me a tutorial about how to use a staple gun. (Are you beginning to realize that Taylor does pretty much everything around here?)

Basically, staple the centers on all four sides, while pulling the fabric tightly and to the outside. Then staple from the center out, going opposite sides in opposite directions. Sort of like a swastika. (Can I say that?) Make sure you’re always pulling taut and to the outside. Then, the corners are the tricky part, but pleat them inward, tucking as much as possible on the underside of the chair. I managed to only have one fold on each corner that was visible.

And here’s the result!

And because nothing can be simple, we use two of our dining room chairs in the living room. The print didn’t jive with the oriental rug, so we picked out a solid pink that would coordinate with the dining room fabric when we need those chairs for dining room seating and go with the living room full-time.


and After:

And here’s a patterned chair next to a solid one to give you an idea of how they coordinate.

And, here’s a wider shot so you can get a sense of the drapes (the sheers are from Target) and the overall room. (Note to self: Stop taking photos for the blog on the iPhone.)

Still need to figure out art and chandelier situation, but for the moment, I’m ok with things in here.

Edited to add: One more shot (with a real camera!) so you can see the drapes in full.

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  1. November 8, 2010 8:10 pm

    I’m still having nightmares about the quatrefoil stencil. We have talked about stripes on the ceiling though. Maybe after we nail down the chandelier situations. As for the reupholstering job, that is one project that Molly truly did on her own. And a nice job I might add. Thanks, Molly.

  2. Elaine permalink
    November 8, 2010 10:02 pm

    Have a project for you guys when you visit during the holidays!
    Very creative and different. Always have a tough time choosing fabric for the dining room chairs.


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