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Monday, November 28, 2011

Bringing Red to the Table

Hello Monday!  I know most people were sort of dreading today after the nice long weekend, but I'm excited for the week ahead!  I love the first week after Thanksgiving, and I always have.  It's so fun to watch the changes being made around the neighborhood as people start to decorate their homes for the holidays.  I love seeing the outdoor decor, but I really love getting a glimpse of the Christmas tree inside.  I just enjoy driving around and seeing a little sparkle as I pass by.


                                                                           Source: fabhousewife.com via Hawlie on Pinterest

In the middle of getting my own Christmas sparkle on I decided to tackle another project.  Why not add more crazy to the mix?  I wanted to create a little better flow from the family room to the kitchen.



The walls colors contrast.  While I don't feel like every room in my home needs to be painted the same color, I do want the rooms to flow, especially in areas where the rooms are open to each other.  One of the things I love about this house is that the kitchen is open to the family room, but you don't see the "working" part of the kitchen.  All you see is the eating area from the family room. Since clearly I like the color red, I thought bringing in a little red (emphasis on little) to the table would be an easy way to create a visual flow between the two spaces.  So, off to the fabric store I went.  It's like a candy shop for me, so I have to make a list.  I wrote down with a black sharpie - ONLY BUY 1/2 YARD!  With Christmas shopping at the top of my priority list right now, I didn't want to shell out a bunch of money on this project.  I stuck to the plan and bought just 1/2 yard, which cost me $10, of a fabric that I loved at first sight.


It's an ikat.  Go figure.  I only recovered the chairs at the head of the table.  I stood back and thought, "The other chairs need something too."

This is just a "test" pic.  I did actually recover the chairs,  but I forgot to take another picture.  Oops!

So, I decided to paint the fabric.


I taped off two lines with Scotch Blue tape with edge lock.  I just eyeballed it, and the stripes look decent (but most certainly not prefect).  It's all good.  I'm not that in to perfection, and I was going for more of a hand stamped look anyway.  At least that's the story I'm going with now.


I used craft paint mixed with a little fabric medium and a sponge brush to fill in the lines.

You know you love my leopard slippers that my dad bought me for my birthday!

Yay for stripes!



Then I stood back again.  This time I thought, "Well, that's good but still something's missing."  So, I busted out the alphabet stencils.  Everyone has alphabet stencils in their craft closet right?!



I used a small stencil brush and made sure not to overload my brush with paint.  It's best with stenciling to use an almost dry brush.  It took me 2 chairs to finally figure out the right spacing.  Live and learn - that is how it goes with most random-not-super-well-thought-out diy projects.  Like I said before, perfection is most definitely not my middle name.


Considering that my kitchen chairs are really just glorified crumb catchers for my little peeps, I'm thinking this will work!


You really only see the words when the chairs are pulled out from the table, but they make me smile when I see them!  This was a really inexpensive way to transform our kitchen eating area, and bringing in a little red to the table does create a nice flow between the two rooms.  I never snapped a pic from the family room so you'll just have to trust me on that for now.  It was looking like a hot mess with boxes and bins of Christmas decor splattered all over the place.  I thought I'd spare you.

So, how was your Thanksgiving weekend?  Did anyone randomly decide to redo their kitchen chairs?




*Linking up at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Primitive and Proper, Savvy Southern Style, At the Picket Fence, Home Stories A to Z, Thrifty Decor Chick, Miss Mustard Seed, The Shabby Nest, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Chic on a Shoestring

50 comments:

  1. I LOVE THIS! So cute and adorable but chic!

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  2. oh wow! i love this idea, carmel! love it!!!!! and guess what- you can link it to my party this week, which is exciting for me! :) i love them and everyone needs to see!

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  3. You are so talented!! What a genious idea. Love the color, pattern and whimsical touches!

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  4. I love that you did those two chairs (recovered) and then painted the others! Your room looks fabulous!
    gail

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  5. Very, very cute! I need to recover my kitchen chairs, but like you have two young kids so I've always leaned towards darker colors. Have you had any trouble with the light fabric? Did you scotchguard it first?

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  6. Very nice and so Holiday! Great job : )

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  7. Wow...just wow!!! First and foremost, I love that you added red to the room. You did it in a fun and tasteful way that I would have never thought of! I can't imaging the smiles when people pull out the chairs now :)

    xoxo

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  8. Great idea! And it really was easy which is my type of project! Loving the red!

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  9. Thanks for linking to my blog! I love what you did with the dining chairs. Very creative and without being too matchy. A perfect choice, I'd say!

    -Hawlie @ FabHousewife

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  10. I agree that red adds a wonderful element and your chairs are really fabulous! Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  11. Love that ikat fabric - where did you find it?? I also love what you did to your other chairs - very awesome!!

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  12. I seriously LOVE this Carmel!! Your fabric choice was so perfect and what you did with the side chairs is just fabulous. Well done! :-)
    Vanessa

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  13. Oh gosh Carmel, you've done it again. Made something that looks elegant and fun that makes me want to get all crafty. You're a fountain of inspiration-thanks!

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  14. You are SO clever, they're perfect!! Love the ikat, too!

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  15. I found the ikat fabric at local store here in Lexington called Interior Yardage.

    Jennifer - Yes I scotch-guarded the chairs over a year ago when I originally reupholstered them. That stuff works wonders!!

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  16. You are on a roll girl! I love the chairs. So unexpected and brilliant!!

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  17. Perfect fabric choice!
    And I agree, the stripes and the words just add a little un-expected pop!

    Also- I like the hand-done, hand-stamped look!! It lets people know, "Yeah, I did this. And I am AWESOME."

    haha

    lovelovelove
    moo.

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  18. Oh! And I just saw you got the fabric from interior yardage!! (that store has some good stuff!!)
    What a small world. The lady that owns the store has a son who was in the same fraternity as my husband, and dated one of my bridesmaids for years!
    haha.
    just had to share.

    lovelovelove
    moo.

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  19. You remind me so much of myself...I always start a project backwards like that....no planning just jump right in before I really have the whole plan worked out :) Good thing we aren't neighbors....danger. Love it all by the way!

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  20. Carmel... it is so cute! I love the pop of color and the fun words! You sound like me... stick to the list!!

    Tiffany

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  21. I love the fabric color and pattern and also what you did with the stripes and lettering. It all ties in together beautifully.

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  22. A girl after my own heart!!! I have some hand striped chairs myself...yours are too cool, love the wording!! Cute idea!
    Oh and I used the same technique as you for the stripes. The eyeball technique...love it! Who has time to measure?

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  23. Yours look great .. I hope my stripes turn out half as well. I finally got my seats covered but have been dragging my feet on the stripes. Now I'm inspired~! thank you

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  24. May I ask where you got your beautiful glass lamps? I so need some for my bedroom..

    thanks so much..
    my email is::
    l55dreamlane@aol.com

    if you copy/paste it from here to an email- I'll get it..
    thanks again
    Sonny

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  25. Great way to tie the red in with your family room. beautiful ikat fabric and the other chairs are just genius. Love the strip and the wording.

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  26. Carmel...I have that same Ikat and I love it too! But what you did with the other chairs is just incredible!! Love the look in the dining room, thanks for sharing!

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  27. Seriously love this! I'll be featuring it most likely tomorrow since Tuesday is all about Mantels :)
    XO

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  28. Amazing! I *love* this... the ikat fabric, the painted strips, the words... looks fabulous!!

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  29. Carmel, these chairs are just too cute. They will be part of the features tomorrow night!

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  30. The chairs are perfect! Love the whole room!

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  31. Oh WOW! Your chairs look fantastic! You have a beautiful home.

    Dee

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  32. That is awesome! I love your chairs and your whole house for that matter. Red is my go to color.

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  33. Looks great! I love it. Is that a burlap fabric? I like the contrast of the red to the neutral.

    I am a new follower. Hope you come a visit my blog too.

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  34. I love these chairs. LOVE them! Somehow I ended up on a blog for the first time and your chairs were being featured. I had to click over and tell you how fabulous they are. Love 'em!

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  35. How totally clever! And courageous too...stenciling right on the chair! Great blog...glad to be here!
    Barbara
    The Treasured Home

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  36. Very cute! I have been on a stenciling roll... I am trying not to stencil the children...lol

    I am your newest follower! Come by and say hi!

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  37. Ela - it's a heavy linen/cotten mix - it does look a lot like a burlap though.

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  38. The chairs are so nice! What a great idea! I'm curious how the paint will do over time. You'll have to let us know!

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  39. Visiting from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. Love what you did with the chairs! So cute!

    Rachel
    xoxo

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  40. Wow! I love this idea! I am your newest follower and hope you will follow me back at House Envy*.

    Thank you for sharing!

    Jackie
    www.envyhouse.blogspot.com

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  41. These are great! you got me thinking! I'm saving your link to link up to you IF i get going on my version in 2012! Thanks carmel..

    xo, laura@imnotatrophywife.com

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  42. Oh yes, yes, yes, I totally LOVE these!!! Great word choices, too. :) Would be quite excited for you share this over at Trash 2 Treasure Tuesdays on Kammy's Korner: http://kammyskorner.blogspot.com/2011/12/trash-2-treasure-tuesdays-10.html

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  43. Just wanted to let you know that I featured YOU today! Come check it out and grab a cool button:)

    http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2011/12/good-morning-sunshine_19.html

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  44. These are beautiful! I love the chic look and yet they are so different. Great job, I pinned them :)

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