Sunday, October 24, 2010

Can't get enough of...chairs?

I've been so busy doing the fall family fun stuff that I haven't had time to do any projects.  So, I thought I would post about my very first auction purchase two years ago. 

I cannot tell you how nervous I was going to my first auction.  So many people, auctioneers talking sooo fast.  The original piece of furniture I intended to bid on I realized was just too big.  When I previewed the auction a day early I didn't even think to bring a tape measure.  Never fear, the day was not lost.  I walked away with two Italian chairs with that oh so cool mustard yellow 70's velvet fabric at $25 for both.  So, I walked away with two chairs that I really had no idea what to do with.   

At the time, I hadn't really ever done a project other than sewing lined panel curtains.  Just thinking of reupholstering the seat covers seemed to terrify me at the time.  So what else to do but use a sheet to make slipcovers for them.

Here's the before and after:
Before

 After
Before
 After

They had made great occasional chairs.  I believe this was the first project that prompted me to keep going and decorating.  Do you remember your first DIY project?  What was it? 

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UndertheTableandDreaming

11 comments:

  1. Both chairs look so beautiful! Makes me really wish that I could sew! I have never been to an auction. It seems like it would be so fun.

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  2. Those chairs look amazing. I actually like the mustard velvet Hehe. That color is coming back if you can believe it. I have been to many auctions, and the biggest problem I have ever run into, is my husband. When I would go to the rest room, my husband would buy the most gawd awful pieces because they were cheap while I was gone. We still have them, and they still are ugly and I too would sell them for cheap :)

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  3. That is awesome. I need to get mine 4 chairs done.

    I would love to have you enter this on my party at ItsSoVeryCheri.com and then over at our other site theDIYClub.com We have a weekly DIY Living party over there.

    Cheri
    Cheri

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  4. You are braver than me! Going to the auction, buying the chairs and then recovering them. Phew! You did great. And fantastic finds. Maybe someday I'll force myself to go to an auction.

    -dani

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  5. I love auctions. The slipcovers look great, and so functional too, since you can take them off and clean um' up!Beautiful! I really need to learn to sew!

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  6. They look absolutely charming. You were brave to attempt these little slipcovers with all of the details, if you didn't have that much experience.

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  7. Your chairs are adorable! I haven't been to a live auction but do participate in the live auctions online. I love the slipcovers. Great job. :)

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  8. Very pretty! I would love to make slipcovers, but wouldn't know WHERE to start!

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  9. The chairs are beautiful- I envy all who can sew. Thanks for visiting my blog, please visit again soon.

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  10. You did a really great job. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  11. They look great! Following you! Thanks for the nice comments on my yellow toile slipcover.

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