Thursday, August 12, 2010

~SHABBY COTTAGE CHIC CHAIR SKIRT MAKEOVER REVEAL~

~SWEET LINEN CHAIR COVER~
(left click pics to enlarge and copy)

Oh my goodness!  Doing Tutorials of ANY KIND is work!  I might not be doing another one for a long time! :) (**WINK**)   If you missed the first several steps of my HOW-TO Tutorial you can check my previous three posts or click Here and Here and Here!  The links will whisk you away and catch you up to where I am beginning today! 
~BEFORE SHOT~

I'm sooo happy to share with you the big reveal of my Chair Makeover!  Today I will wrap up my Shabby Cottage Chair Tutorial by showing you the Linen Chair Cover I made using deeply discounted linen fabric from our neighborhood Hancock's!  I hope you enjoyed seeing how I chose to makeover the six 1992 Kincaid Chairs I've had in my home for the past 18 years.  It was certainly TIME for a change!
 ~SOFT and SWEET~

I saved the old chair cover and used it as a rough pattern.  This gave me the approximate size I would need to make the flounce for the chair.  I simply measured and trimmed the old cover adding enough seam allowance to provide a good drop on all three sides of the chair.  Then I determined the length of the ruffle and how long I wanted the ties to be.
~BUTTON-ON BACK PANEL~

Figuring out how I wanted the front and sides of the chair cover to look was easy.  I just went to GOOGLE (Images) and typed in "Cottage Chair Cover" and lots and lots of sweet pictures came up.  But...I didn't find even ONE that had the center back support!  I really had to wrap my brain around just WHAT could be done because I WANTED a ruffle along the back side as well!
~CLOSE-UP of BACK~

After much thought I decided to make the back portion of the flounce removable.  I simply added tabs to the back sides of the cover and sewed them in place.  Buttons were then added to the tabs and button holes were made in the removable piece. 
~ANOTHER VIEW~

Ties (28" each)  were then sewn in place.  One to the top edge of the back panel/flounce (see photo above) and on each side of the chair cover (see photos below).
~SINGLE LAYER TIES~
~VINTAGE BUTTONS~
(Yummo!)
~GENTLY PLEATED CORNERS~
~VINTAGE LACE PILLOW~
(One of my favs!)

The one thing I LOVE most about working with linen is that once it's been washed it will take on an even drappier (is that a word???), softer look and feel.  I did go back and serge all my seams so there won't be any unraveling of fabric once the flouncy cover is washed!

I did a little bit of research and I found similar linen chair covers are costly.  One I found was $68 and for a name brand, fairly simple chair and cover it was priced at almost $500.  Too steep for my budget!
~WHAT TO CHOOSE?~

Now...I told you earlier that I found my fabric at Hancock's.  It was originally $9.99 per yard (fairly decent price for Linen).  Since it was on the clearance table it was marked down even further to $4.99 (it was half-off).  But...I just happened to go in on a day when deeper discounts were given and I snagged 11 yards for $3.00 per yard (56" wide).  Each chair took about 1 1/3 yards of fabric to complete!  What a deal!

If you have any questions or need more information about painting out your furniture or help with your own Shabby Cottage Chic Chair Cover Project just email me!  OK?

DON'T FORGET MY GIVEAWAY ENDS AT MIDNIGHT!  CHECK IT OUT ON MY TOP LEFT SIDEBAR or click the link above!  SOMEBODY IS GOING TO WIN...MIGHT AS WELL BE YOU, RIGHT???

Blessings for a lovely day!

50 comments:

MosaicMagpie said...

Fabulous Dahling!
Great job and now we have no excuse not to dress up our chairs!
Debbie

Lore♥ said...

Increible trabajo!!!!
muy delicado.....hermosoo!!!!
felicitaciones!!!!!
un abrazo
y estaremos esperando ansiosas parasaber quien gana tu giveaway
besos
Lore

Pink Princess said...

Beautiful work. I am planning on making a new cover for my NEW bedroom chairs. Just the seat is NOT removable ufortunately so have to figure out how to do that.

ADORE the pillow that sits on it, it is gorgeous!!!!

Hugs from Marian

Debra@Common Ground said...

Youe chairs have turned out wonderful, but I'm just in love with all these ruffles and the way you finished off the back! so pretty, just like everything you create, Rebecca
xo,
Debra

Anonymous said...

YOU HAVE DONE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL TRANSFORMATION ON THAT CHAIR!! AND I LOVE THE PILLOW, TOO. YOU ARE ONE MULTI-TALENTED LADY, MY FRIEND
HAVE A FUN WEEKEND...I BET YOU GO
"JUNKING" AGAIN!! SUCH FUN!!
XXXXXXX HUGS, FRANCY

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow Rebecca, the chairs have turned out so beautifully! I love the shabby chic look :-) Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Sherri B. said...

You do beautiful work, the chair turned out just sweet...Thanks for stopping by and leaving a coment. Your blog is lovely, I'll be back.

Glenda... said...

I love your pretty chair, and the care and details you add to everything you do is awesome. Your talent is enviable...
blessings,
glenda

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

OH I Love this!!! It's my dream to be able to have a chair look like this..."My Dilemma is 3Grown sons and a Hubby"...An ALL male cast and white just doesn't go... ESPECIALLY when our field is construction! "OXY just doesn't come in a BIG enough tub for my crew...
LOVE your BLOG, It let's me dream...
Hugs, Donna

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

I love this makeover! I'm on the lookout for a chair for my sewing table that I can revamp! And now I know where to come for a tutorial!

LOL, at your comment, girl, I'm a jack of all trades, master of NONE!!! *)

xxoo

Nancy said...

You are so talented and creative! Love how you made the covers. Awesome job!

Hugs,
Nancy

Laura's Rose Garden said...

Rebecca! Phenomenal transformation!! Thanks so much for sharing your many ideas and suggestions! You are wonderful!
Hugs, Laura

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Beautiful, dear Rebecca! So flirty, too, with the ruffle. And just like the perfect dress, this chair is just as pretty going as it is coming!:0)

I adore the added buttons and the bows. They really kick it up yet another notch!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Marilyn said...

I just love the chair redo!! I think that when the back looks so good it is so classy!!
Have a Wonderful Day!
Love,
Marilyn

sissie said...

Hi Rebecca,
This has been a fabulous project from beginning to end. The chair turned out so beautiful and the cover gave it that added extra special something.

Beautiful.

hugs
Sissie

Home and Heart said...

Your sewing is impeccable, and you add such a beautiful "stamp" to everything you make!!

Mari said...

HELLO SWEETIE,

I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE DID I SAY LOVE THE WAY YOUR CHAIR MAKEOVER TURNED OUT....GIGGLES!!! EVERYTHING YOU DO TURNS OUT MAGNIFICENT :)

XOX~MARI

A Hopeful Heart said...

GORGEOUS!!!!! I want at least six for my house!!

I don't sew a single bit, so I know I won't be doing this project, but I have sure enjoyed seeing your beautiful transformation.

Love,
Patti

KATHY said...

Hi Rebecca, How very beautiful!! I just love the special way the back looks.It looks so gorgeous...Kathy

Theresa said...

Soft, sweet, beautiful and professional looking:) I truly love it Rebecca! Enjoy your evening my friend! HUGS!

Marilyn said...

Your help in the chair make over will be helpful as I'm working on fixing up things at home. Your details on the chair back make it look so elegant and I'm sure much nicer than anything mass produced and more expensive. Thanks so much for sharing with us and providing lots of inspiration! ♥♫

Blondie's Journal said...

You certainly did put a lot of work into this and it shows. I love all the gorgeous detail! Would you like to make 8 more?? ;-D

xoxo
Jane

Home and Heart said...

LOL!! You are TOO cute!! WAYMW is my way of shortening "What Are You Making Wednesday" A weekly post I have been behind on!! Thank you for the visit too!

mariondee-designs said...

Hi Rebecca, great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing. I often wonder how other people paint their furniture. Your chair looks beautiful and I love the flouncy chair cover too, soo shabby! take care, Maryann

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

Rebecca, you are just the sweetest lady! What a lot of time and focus went into creating this tutorial for us. Zowie! Thank you so very, very much! I am so pleased to learn how to do this, and can't wait to tear into my diningroom set!! Hugs Sharon
P.S.You're the Cats Pajamas in my book!!!
P.S.S. My hubby says, "Thanks Rebecca...." Giggling over here!

Dianne said...

Would you please come and live with us???

Ginger said...

Turned out so beautifully. What a great transformation. Love it.

Hugs
Ginger

Rita said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Tanza said...

YAEH !!! BRAVO !! They turned out BEAUTIFUL !! Ooohh .. How I LoVe the ruffles, and linen, and buttons and bows !! soo soft, dreamy, and romantic !! Girlie, you got it all goin on' ALL the time !! Ooohh .. if I could just do half of the things you are so blessed and talented to do, I would soo be thrilled !! But, than I have you my sweet friend that will do it all for lil' ole' mee !! Thanks for sharing sweetness, and wonderful all the time .. and yep, you are my hero as always ~
BiG Ruffley HuGs ~TeA~

June said...

Rebecca these are to die for! You did the most amazing job! I love how the chairs turned out. Lovely before, but now they truly are beautiful. You will enjoy them for many years to come. You are so sweet to do a tutorial too, because I know how much time it must take to do them.
I know there are many gals out there rethinking there chairs today. hehe
hugs

Linda said...

Rebecca these chair covers are wonderful! So very lovely! You have such and eye for beauty...and such a fabulous touch when it comes to putting things together and making old things new and beautiful.

Thanks for the sweet comment today. I always love it when you hop over for a visit. And it reminds me that I need to visit you too. I love your blog.

I haven't had my laptop working because I had to order a new battery and a power cord...and they finally came so now I am back online. I will have to read back to some older posts and see what I missed!

Have a good weekend.

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Nancy said...

Rebecca, You did a Gorgeous job!! I would love to have those chairs sitting around my Table!! I know now where to come when I need Chair covering info!!
Nancy
www.coeurdalenegifts.com

Maubrey said...

hi visiting and dropping on your blog..

so to be frank do u like my blog..if so follow ..if u dont like means just drop a comment ..

Blue Creek Home said...

I don't know if it's really a dictionary word but I sure know what it is and that makes it a word in my book!

I love love love the chair slip! Thanks for the tutorial. Maybe I will draw inspiration from this and get busy on my dining room chairs!

Rhonda

Six in One Hand said...

Your chair cover is soooo beautiful!!!


I love the bows on the back!!!

Jo said...

I think you just may be a genius.

No wait ... I know you're a genius. Those chairs are gorgeous!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Rebecca!

Thanks so much for your much needed prayers!!
Love the chair cover!! So soft and chic looking. You got a great deal on the fabric, don't you just love that? and that pillow is so sweet!

Big hugs, Sherry

Maria said...

Good Morning Rebecca!
First I want to THANK YOU for all the kind and sweet wishes you left for my dad... it's been quite a week... but we're still able to laugh at ourselves... life can be serious...but we don't always have to be :D
Your blog is as beautiful as ever... I think I stumbled upon your blog early in my searching around... It amazes me how creative you are and how you can take something simple and make it into a dream!
The chairs are gorgeous... the work you did on the seat covers showcases the talent you have for sewing and for creativity. The way you were able to get the ruffle all the way around is so nicely done.

Blessings to you, Rebecca!
enjoy a lovely weekend ~ Maria
ps. Isn't "As the Deer" such a beautiful song?!? love it ♥

Maria said...

Oh my goodness Rebecca!
I've had your badge on my 'Inspired places" blog page for a year...but just realized I never clicked on the followers button! just did it :D

Oklahoma Granny said...

Thank you so much for the whole tutorial. Your chairs turned out so well.

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Rebecca,
Oh I love your chair seat cover. What a beautiful finish to an amazing chair redesign.

You are simply amazing my friend and always so inspiring. Just love this makeover. Of course being a chair collector, I have re-done a few myself, and although work, it is so worth it.

So enjoyed my visit this morning. I am back from vacation and trying to get around to everyone and visit. After a few days back, I got really sick with a kidney infection. Maybe it is sympathy pains for dear Julie. Today I am doing better after a trip to the doc and antibiotics. It is nothing compared to Julie's surgery and I am in constant prayer for her.

Have a great day dear one and happy creating. Stay cool too.
Another heat advisory for us today with temps 105. Fall hurry up!!

Love you, Celestina Marie

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your chair covers are just fabulous and your tutorial is wonderful. I love the back being ruffled also, and the button detail is so ingenius. Beautiful. The pillow is unreal, so pretty.
Thanks so much for your sweet birthday wishes. I really appreciate it and I had a super day. Hugs, Marty

Lore♥ said...

Rebecca, divina la almohada!!! maravillosa....con los botones woouu

Kit said...

Ooooo, so very pretty and you did an amazing job. They are going to look fabulous in your home. Enjoy! Kit

agypsyangel said...

Those are spectacular. I love those and what a great bargain you got on the fabric. Cute Cute Cute...
Smiles and have a wonderful weekend.
Kim

Sherry said...

I love the chair cover. I wrote down the details of which post of where your tutorial posts are in my little notebook. I will be looking for some linen, on sale I hope.

Dolores said...

Oh my goodness...... the chair is GORGEOUS!!!!
Hugs, blessings and love to you,

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Rebecca, I love that chair WOW!! you did an awesome job on it...too pretty it so looks like your wonderful home now..Thank you so much my friend for coming by and seeing my little family you are too kind to me...Hope you have a GREAT weekend my Dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

SALTBOX TREASURES said...

Oh, your chair makeover is beautiful!!! and you did a great job on the gorgeous slip cover!! Love it!
~ Julie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This turned out wonderfully, Rebecca! I love your chair covers and that ruffle! Not only did you do a great job, but I like that you just transformed chairs you already had to work for you.

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