Yesterday I went to Toronto to pick up a chest that I found on kijiji. My son Jake was with me so we decided as long as we were there we might as well hit Yorkdale Mall. Something magical happens when kids hit 16. Boys that once despised shopping all of a sudden don’t mind it so much. Especially if they are eyeing the new Kobe Nikes and our dinky mall doesn’t carry them. Plus, Yorkdale has a Pottery Barn…this is what we call a win-win, my friends!
Right across from Yorkdale, there is a Goodwill. Who knew? I ran in to have a quick little look-see. I emerged the proud owner of two antique shield back chairs. Aren’t they great? I scored the pair for $28. cha-ching.
I immediately began thinking about what kind of fabric I would use to cover up the lurvely Austin Powers-ish shagadelic gold velour. Yeah, baby. I wanted something bold and different.
While browsing through the clearance linens at Pottery Barn (my favorite area of the store) I found this pillow cover on clearance for $13.97.
Are you pickin up what I’m puttin down? No? Let me splain.
You may remember this post where I used a pillow case to cover a chair seat.
The cool things about pillow covers/cases is that there are two sides. 2 sides=2 chair covers. 🙂 Very easy and economical.
Now when deciding what color to paint the chairs (I did not want to leave them in the original wood—attention all furniture purists that insist on leaving me comments about not painting furniture—hello? this is a furniture painting blog) I wanted to go classic and bold.
I had plenty of Sherwin Williams Naval Blue left from my Union Jack chest. Perfect shade.
While the paint was drying, I worked on the chair pads. I covered them with two layers of batting to fluff them a bit. Then I cut the pillow cover in half and used one half to cover each seat. Another beauty of using these pillow covers is that the fabric is nice and thick, plus it is lined which gave very professional looking results.
Here they are all finished!
I love the updated look. I think they are very smart looking with a traditional yet coastal vibe.
I’m going to sit in one right now and sip a fruity drink with an umbrella in it and listen to some Jimmy Buffet.
And pretend we didn’t get a couple more inches of snow dumped on us last night.