I don't change things on just a whim. (At least for the most part!) And I do like patina -- in things and in furniture. A scratch, a bit of wear. It just means that something has been used and loved but . . .
Tattered (not just worn) upholstery is not patina but shabby. And not chic -- just shabby! And sometimes I tend to redo things in the same fabric as they were . . . but alas, most times you can't even find that fabric anymore!
My dining room chairs were upholstered with a rooster print with a gold background. It worked well with the wallpaper and the drapes we had in the room. I liked seeing the gold chair seats from the living room.
Alas, some (but not all) were very tattered. (Comes with living with a cat who climbs on the chairs -- if you don't quite make it, your claws help pull you up!)
New seats were in order -- not gold but blue (which brings out the blue of the wallpaper.)
The blue of the rug seems more pronounced as well with the seats being blue instead of gold.
It has flowers which work well with the wallpaper and a bit of an oriental design (in fact, the name of the pattern is Orientalia).
It's by Schmacher and Greeff and I got a 3 yard end of the bolt piece for a ridiculously low sum. There is no way that I could have afforded it at the retail price!!!! And, the 3 yards were enough to cover all 8 of my dining room chairs!
I like the blue of the chair seats -- it gives a fresh look to the dining room. (To see the old look -- look at the sidebar -- gold curtains and gold chair seats)
In January, once we took the curtains down from the dining room windows that looked out over the breakfast room, we bought some robin egg blue panels to replace the gold ones (which have been repurposed to the upstairs sunroom).
"New" chairs and drapes in the dining room were less than $100 for all. I think I got a big change for a bit of little change.
The dining room feels lighter and brighter with the blue and the blue in the carpet seems more pronounced.
I like the change!
The new dining room chair seats is one of my big metamorphosis that I have been planning. So join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch
and see what else is happening on Met Monday!
And, because the new seats are blue
, visit Smiling Sally
to see what else is happening on this Blue Monday!