Friday, January 21, 2011

Strawberry Fields Forever

My kitchen chairs recently underwent a thrifty makeover...

** Update - I found the Before photo! Scroll to bottom of post... **

Now, I realize a "before" picture would have been nice, but I accidentally deleted the one I had (whoopsy), and well, there's no going back now that they are you'll have to just use your imagination when I tell you that they were previously covered (by me) in cotton poplin Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell fabric that I purchased on Ebay years ago, a floral and stripe pattern.  These chairs have been with me for awhile and have gotten around, so to speak.  The fabric had become quite stained from years of use and moving, so I decided oilcloth fabric (purchased on Etsy) would be perfect to recover them in.  What could be better than fabric that is durable, wipeable, not to mention super cute?  I just stapled the new oilcloth fabric over the old Shabby Chic fabric, and in less than an hour, ended up with two new (new in my world) chairs!  The chair frames were always white, so there was no work to be done there.  I'll admit that I really wanted to use Cath Kidston oilcloth fabric, but just didn't want to spend the extra money to do so.  HOWEVER, I am really, really happy with the strawberry oilcloth fabric that I my former sad little chairs are happy chairs!


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Elyse said...


so so adorable! i love cath kidston oilcloth, too, but even i, the master (matron?) of rationalization couldn't rationalize the price. beautiful job. love!


Kat from California said...

I've admired this material on too. It is similar to the Cath Kidson collection. It's really cute and practical. :)

Claudia said...

I have a small tablecloth made out of that same oilcloth pattern. I love it! You did such a great job on the chairs. Very cheery retro!


Jen T said...

These colors are beautiful & so cheery. I love the whole did a great job! (I have a knack for always gravitating towards the fabric that's like $75/yard myself - sooooo aggravating.) It's gorgeous..enjoy it! JenT

Brenda Kula said...

Oh, this is adorable! I order my oilcloth off Etsy. May just have to look for this one. I love your finished project!

Allison@FabRehab said...

Ummmmm, love this!! Too cute!

Judy said...

The material is gorgeous and your chair now looks fabulous! After recovering a folding chair I'm obsessed with seeing what everyone else does to beautify their furniture :)

Sorta Fairytale Girl said...

Thanks Everyone!

Kristen @ said...

I love this fabric! If you ever get a chance I'd love for you to come link up to my Handmade Tuesday party @ Ladybug Blessings.
p.s. I am having a giveaway right now too for an adorable inspirational print!

Christine said...

I love that fabric, so so cute. I can't even stand it. What a great before and after!

Anonymous said...

What a darling set! Brings back memories of one my grandmother had.

I just found you via Pink Postcard. I'll be following along.


Modern Frills said...

love the oilcloth!!! thanks for sharing!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Hi, Stacey! I'm over from Andrea's blog where your sweet home was featured today. I didn't remember seeing this post so I hopped on over! I bet that oil cloth is much more family friendly. I just love my dotty oil cloth on my hutch and would love some in every pattern and color! It was so hard for me to choose just one!

I'm very curious about that table! Do tell- is it painted wood? At first, I thought it was an enamel topped table like none I'd ever seen but then I saw the wooden legs...