I scoured Etsy for the fabric. I ended up choosing this Amy Butler design from HB Fabrics for the dining room chairs and this whimsical Heather Ross design from Fabric palooza. I must also thank Sarah and Kristal for both the inspiration I get from reading their blogs and for their recommendations for their favorite Etsy fabric stores.
Both the dining room chairs and the loveseat came from Ivey-Selkirk Auctioneers. When I bought the condo, I was coming from a one-bedroom apartment in D.C., so I needed to fill it and not spend a fortune doing so. I got some good deals on the furniture I purchased there, but the fabric on the dining room chairs was not attractive...six years later, I am now recovering it.
I don't have a good "before" picture of the dining room chairs. Here's a picture of the old red fabric laid out on the pretty new fabric.
When I removed the red fabric, I discovered an even uglier fabric underneath.
We worked tirelessly for hours. When that time was over, we were successful! In recovering one chair! Yes, that's how long it took us, but in our defense, we were very meticulous. Since my mom has a life of her own, we were left to finish the job ourselves. We told ourselves we would do one chair/night, but we would look at the mounds of fabric and batting awaiting our not-so-nimble fingers and we would decide to watch some Netflix instead. But then last weekend we buckled down and recovered the other five chairs. What a difference!
But we weren't finished. We still had the dreaded loveseat with its irregular edges and corners. Actually, I happen to really like the loveseat fabric, but it just doesn't match our bedroom. We decided to leave the old fabric on in case we ever decide we want to use it again.
The loveseat was a completely different beast than the chairs. We sweated, toiled, labored and cursed, especially when we ripped the fabric and had to take all the staples out and start over again. But in the end, Jason made it work. Did I look at the underside? No. It might be a disaster under there, but the important thing is, it looks good where it counts. What do you think?
Our bedroom colors are eucalyptus and brown, so I considered finding some brown fabric to match. But the loveseat itself is so dark, I wanted something that would pop. Finding the right shade of eucalyptus would have been a total nightmare, so I decided on orange with brown accents. Here is how it looks in the bedroom.
Looks nice, huh? Nice enough for a real estate picture?