Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

New Dining Room Chair Seats


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!

29 comments:

Rose H (UK) said...

Love the change made to your dining chairs. The fabric is really beautiful - the colours blend so well in the room. It's so good that a little money can make such a big change to a room.

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

They are lovely by any name.

Cozy Little House said...

I just love your dining room. It's so big and full of the light from that window. And the chair seats look just beautiful. Well done job!
Brenda

Allie and Pattie said...

Beautiful fabric Martha! It really does change the feel of the room. We recently redid our dining room chairs, but I went darker till my very messy children get a bit neater!
xoxo Pattie

benchwarmer said...

what a beautiful job you have done on your chairs. i would love to have a cup of coffee in your beautiful dining room. the view is just breathtaking just like your beautiful seats

GWENDOLYN said...

It all looks lovely. Your dining room is gorgeous! Ornate!
Blessings!
Gwen

Pondside said...

I, too, love patina. It was so hard for me to give up my Tree of Life crewel upholstry on the camel back sofas - but change is good, especially when the shabby outweighed the chic!!! Your new look is elegant but doesn't say 'brand new' - it says 'fresh' and I love the blue!

Tootsie said...

wow...you did a beautiful job with this!!!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

they look terrific in your beautiful dining room Martha.. well done~!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

The fabric is beautiful and what a steal!! I love the new look of your Dining Room! Very pretty!!
Debbie

black eyed susans kitchen said...

The recovered seat cushions came out perfect. Thanks to our cat, our chairs will be recovered in the next week or so as well. Your dining room is lovely.
♥, Susan

Luna said...

Gorgeous shots!
Happy Blue Monday...Luna

The Happy Homemaker said...

You did a wonderful job.This room is just stunning.I do love that blue:)

chubskulit said...

You have a beautiful dining room, good job on those seats.

Here's my Blue Monday post, have a great week ahead!

SmilingSally said...

Love the blues in your dining room. Happy Blue Monday.

Aprons Gone Wild said...

Great job! And I love the picture of the outside of your house.
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Joanne

BumbleVee said...

What a beautiful fabric! ... and such a bargain....well worth it.

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Your new chairs covers turned out great! But your dinning room is beautiful it look's so nice. Julian

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Your new chairs covers turned out great! But your dinning room is beautiful it look's so nice. Julian

scribbler-unfocused said...

Well done! It looks very elegant and fresh.

Scribbler

Lamp Tramp said...

What beautiful chairs, I love their new S & G fabric. How awesome that you got those yards at a great price! Yes, you are so right about patina, it is so charming and lovely!

Nice to meet you...

Mary said...

Gosh, your dining room is gorgeous, Martha. The new seat covers really do bring out the blue in your oriental carpet. Little Oliver is so cute ;) Happy Blues, you did a great job.

Marice said...

great job! :) love it!

u may view mine here

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

The blue is so very pretty! crisp and clean and ready for spring! I love your home and always enjoy seeing all your designs and decorations.
Take care now and have a wonderful day,
Hugs, Elizabeth

Mary said...

What a gorgeous fabric, Martha. I really love your dining room. It's elegant but looks like it was assembled with love and is well used.

Lottie said...

Martha, I LOVE the blue fabric on the dining chairs! The design is perfect!

daylily777 said...

Very beautiful fabric change !
Blessings,
~Myrna

Linda Q said...

Hi Martha,
Lovely change, I really like the blue, goes great with your wallpaper etc.
Hope you have been well. I am trying to get back to blogging, been in a slump as of late!
Linda

The Norwegian said...

Martha, these newly upholstered chair seats bring light into the room! What a lovely color. May be one of the prettiest things you've done yet!