Change is my middle name…

 

When it comes to decorating, I’m a sucker for so many different styles and my tastes have fluctuated from year to year. Fun for the house, not so fun for the pocket book. However, I am a “do it your selfer” and maybe that’s part of why I like changing things every so often. 
When I decided I was tired of the Old World style, lightening up the color and softening the decor was my main objective. 
Painting some of my old pine furniture and making slip covers was just one detail I used to make these changes. 
 
This is a before of my Dining room hutch. the dining room table and chairs were the same wood.
 

 

{Before}

 

I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Country Grey for the main Body and Paris Grey for the drawers. All finished off with clear and dark waxes. Then a little sanding to age the piece a little more
 
{After}

 

 

 

Then on to the chairs. The armed end chairs I painted AS Country Grey and finished off with both waxes. For the side chairs I have been struggling to find covers that fit, in a fabric I like that is durable and still gives the effect I am looking for. The current covers never really fit the chairs properly and I really didn’t care for the velvet look. I bought them from Ballard designs. So I checked to see how the Pottery Barn covers would fit, so I ordered one. It was an ok fit but for $99 each, $400 was a bit more than I wanted to spend. So…what’s a girl to do? Of course I turned to Pinterest for the answer and found some great suggestions on how to make simple covers. I happened to have several large  paint drop cloths left from my boutique days and went to work cutting them to size. The process was very easy, just a little tedious, but SOOO worth the work!

This is one of the arm chairs I painted and covered the cushion with an old coffee sack


This is the old chair cover

Here are the chairs with their new slip covers


Here is a not so great picture of the before table



 

October 27, 2014

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