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, November 11, 2012

The Dining Room . . . and it's Chairs.

The dining room chairs
are mahogany shield back -- from the 40's I would guess.
Their nice wide seats mean comfort if we linger at the dinner table when we have company.

And two years ago, 
I reupholstered them in a blue chinoiserie pattern

I think they looked good, I liked the fabric, the price was fantastic,
(for I got it from fabric guru)
But alas,  Cat lived with us and Cat would climb on the chair to climb onto the table.
She was old and she didn't hop up as much as hold on with her claws . . .

Which did a "number" on two of the dining room chairs.
We lost Kitty a few months later . . . . 
And I never begrudged her her climb

And last week, I decided that the time had come.
I've been searching on fabric guru
and found some mohair that I liked.

But I kept putting it off
Until I got the 20% off notification 

For $50.00 (including shipping) I got

This wonderful "remnant"
(if you can call 4 yards a "remnant")
of mohair
That's really brown but here it looks green!

The chairs look better
Perhaps not the "bling" of the blue ones
But classic.
And oftentimes classic is good!

They look good, me thinks.
And Dolly approves!
(wait, I think she heard Husband Jim eating a snack . . . and she's on a mission to get a share!)

I am hoping that the mohair wears as well as it is supposed to.
Which means that the chairs will never have to be recovered again!

It's Monday and I'm sharing my chair transformation with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Met Monday.


Deanna said...

Your chairs look beautiful!
Nice job,

Petra said...

Your chairs look great!
Greetings from The Netherlands

Rowan said...

The chairs look very nice - and I love the photo with Dolly trotting through:)

Okio B Designs said...

Great job on your chairs! Your livingroom looks lovely. Coming over from Between Naps on the Porch and a happy new follower!


Anonymous said...

Congrats on such a great deal!

When I was a child, one or two of my parents' antique pieces were covered in mohair. As for wear, they show their wear (or as I like to call it, "patina") but it takes forever to really wear them out.

Spills and stains are another matter, though. This German site has some great info (in English!) --I'd be tempted to print it out and keep it with the cleaning supplies.

Martha said...

Thanks Kate -- I will. And I know with a solid it will show stains more quickly than a pattern (isn't that why we have orientals?) but our little ones are not little anymore and hopefully the big ones won't be messy!

Bernideen said...

They look great - and I love your new header description - definitely YOU!

On Crooked Creek said...

I think the green is a great color @ Linderhof!!! Lovely chairs!!! Of course, if you change your mind you could always do a print next time!!!