Thursday, June 3, 2010

~the ugly black chair & where did the bench go?~






hello my friends!


as per tradition....the weather report....


must I?


really though, I don't want to depress you all....

ok......well since I know you are just dying to know & since I know you can't get this information anywhere else.... 
it's 60 and raining....again....

for at least 2 solid months...

well no basically since October 

 Only the last 8 months.  But who's complaining..... not me....;)

so what to do when it's raining non-stop?

slipcover an ugly black chair!

well, I sit on the ugly black chair everyday while I visit with you & frankly.....it is ugly....
and my sewing machine is only 10 feet away....
fabric 11 feet away...
and the family was away for at least 3 hours....
so off I go!

and here's how it went....

cut leftover dropcloth fabric and drape over chair
{absolutely NO measuring here....no time for that!}

hem around the back opening....

pin on ruffles all the way around....

decide I don't much like my creation/design....
and seek out seam ripper....

tear out hair ruffles & start over.....
watch the time.....1 hour left....till family is back...
why am I racing? I don't really know....

sew on ruffles all the way around....
this time w/ no pleats....

much better....



so what next?

look around for more things to slipcover
relax?.......not a chance....

take another look at Kenzie's room....
and decide I can't walk by it any longer
or close the door so I can't see it any longer...
~and~
decide where to put the pink bench!!


as much as I hate to show you this....
I feel I must so you can be absolutely sure that
I am justified in my project A.D.D.

ya see?
ghastly right? ugh...
I purposely did not super size the picture
to spare your little eyes...

but being the "good mom" that I am....
{all that autonomy stuff you read about....ya know...}
I let my daughter pick her paint a couple years ago...
and tonka truck or school bus yellow  a very pleasant buttery yellow is what she picked...

it was time for a change....and she wanted it too...
so here's what we've got so far....

fresh painted walls....
and

some "custom" made pillows by her in house
seamstress.....

some found accessories....


repainted a couple ghastly colored shutters....

eww....


find perfect spot for this lovely....

can you catch my OUR vision?


I'm working feverishly to finish but so far
it is looking soooooo much better!!!

one more thing before I go.....

I have been one lucky gal lately....



this is the best french decorating magazine....of course!
and all these fun french things...maps, buttons, postcards and a divine smelling
lavender sachet....
and an awesome vintage french grain/burlap sack from a giveaway

and


this super adorable vase/measuring glass

swedish facial soap, lavender bath salts, and a yummmmmmy smelling candle in this 2die4 cute little basket and a beautiful vintage map of France.....from Tricia at Morning T!

wow ~ thanks so much guys!
talk about feeling like Christmas!!!
 I am just thrilled!


well I'm pretty sure this might be about the longest post EVER so I will sign off for now....


have a great weekend!



xo,



Shellagh


52 comments:

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

It is nice to know, Shellagh, that you are sitting pretty while blogging!

Jeralee said...

Beautiful! Found your blog... well blog hopping. The layout/trim work/ closet doors in your daughter's room look just like my daughter's room, however my daughter has an ugly shade of pink in there. LOL

And as one who also lives here in the Pacific Northwest, well I too am VERY TIRED of the rain. Ready for some consistent sun! I feel your pain/blah.

raggygirlvintage said...

you are definitely Queen of the chair covers Shellagh! Have you noticed it is only us poor souls stuck with the rain that are so obsessed with the weather!!
We actually saw the sun today, yipee! Was out gardening in a flash:-)
Tracey

Debra@Common Ground said...

Look at it this way Shellagh, if it was sunny you'd be outside soaking up the rays and having fun instead of accomplishing all this great decorating stuff, and why did I feel like I was watching a super-hero with the speed dial turned up?!!
Sun is overrated. It just makes you sweat. ha ha,
xo,
Debra

laura currie, my summerhouse said...

Hi Shellagh, I cant believe that I have pretty much the exact same chair and made covers almost identical to yours! great minds think alike!!1 Your daughters room sounds like it is going to be gorgeous when its finished! Why do we let them choose paint colours??? such a bad idea! they always pick the very opposite of what we would want them to have!
Have a gorgeous weekend,
laura currie, my summerhouse xxxx

Zaira said...

Wow Shellagh, those gifts are soooo nice!! Love all the french things you received. I'm so lucky to find Campagne Decoration in Italy, it's an amazing magazine! And your seat?? Your slipcover is so pretty, the ugly chair is now a much romantic an cute one!! Have a happy weekend my friend xoxo

country rose corner said...

What an improvement on the chair Shellagh!And its been a long long time since ive been able to pretty up Kates bedroom...its full of guitars,piano,pcs,gaming machines,clothes and shoes..too much technology to be pretty! Betty x

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Wow Shellah, looks like you and Debra (Common Ground) have been winning all the good stuff! I'm jealous....but congrats!
I also have an ugly chair that I need to make slipcover for...so once again, you've inspired me! So here's a question...how do you make your pleats? Do you measure them out, pin and baste or does your machine do that for you? Sadly enough, my sewing machine is 35 years old and does good to sew, reverse and occasionally zig-zag.

Well, I hope you have a great weekend and maybe the sun'l come out tomorrow!

Blessings,
Susie

Rosie said...

Oh dear girl,
you have earned your ruffle merit badge...well done...happy Friday...smile on Rosie

winnibriggs said...

Great transformation, I am sitting on my green spotty computer chair as I type. Can,t wait to see the bedroom complete and what wonderful pressies you have received. I am green with envy.
Have a great weekend.

laura currie said...

Shellagh, back again, I just wanted to let you know that I am passing an award to you, I know you probably have recieved tons before, but I just wanted to acknowlege your gorgeous blog!!
Hope you can stop by at mine,
Laura Currie,
summerhouse

Paula said...

love the chair cover! I've got one of those ugly black chairs ...sitting on it now..hmmmm, you've got me thinking!

Traveling Thrifter said...

have you thought about painting the base of your chair white with a plastic save spray paint? I find the base is awful harsh agains the soft ruffle...

sissie said...

OMG, that's the cutest chair transformation ever!
Love those ruffles and thanks for the tutorial.
You make it look easy, but I know better! LOL

Your daughter's room looks lovely. That pink bench is perfect and the pillows are over the top pretty!

Your blog is funny too. I know how much fun it is working with our kids on their bedrooms. Their ideas and ours don't always agree.

hugs
Sissie

Julienne said...

Don't wish the rain away (we did that, then waited ten years for it to come back!) Love the slipcover, clever girl.

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Love the slipcover and it looks so easy, I want slipcovers for my dining chairs but I'm scared to try, I need to just do it! What a lucky girl, her room is going to be beautiful (;
Hugs~Kelly

A Cottage Muse said...

Thanks for the tease! Can't wait to see the room! Enjoy your weekend!!

Linda said...

Love the chair and what an easy diy. Sorry for all the rain. Think on the bright side, look at all you'r getting accomplished inside. lol

the VG huis said...

Wow, I sit on that exact chair and how I hate it....I just may have to break out my sewing machine and lack of any skills whatsoever and attempt this! It turned out so sweet. Also, your daughters bedroom looks like it's going to be amazing! Have a great weekend ~Stacey

Cindy said...

I love what you have done with the ugly black chair. It looks wonderful, your dd's room is lovely, what yo have shown us and wow you have been very blessed as of late, too great wins!!!

Mel said...

ok thats it! You win " most inspired idea in a long ding dong time. Very cute... the ugly duckling turns swan... bravo ma'am.

Morning T said...

YAY- I'm so glad you finally received your package from me!!
When you said you had 3 hours to yourself I actually got butterflies thinking of all of the projects I could work on if left alone at home for that long...ah, heaven.
Your chair is fabulous and your daughter's room is lookin good.
You're wonderful Shellagh!!

Enjoy the weekend, rain or shine. :)
Hugs~
T

Secret Garden Cottage said...

You've don it again, Shallagh! What a sweet slipcover!! Can't wait to see your daughter's room when it's done. It's looking tres chic so far!! Enjoy your weekend. ~ Jo :)

Fern Valley Farm said...

Love that ruffled chair cover! Ruffles make everything look prettier!

Ana said...

Good morning Shellagh,
I love, love, love how your chair turned out. It is amazing what a huge difference a little fabric can make. I love it. Ooooo, and I also love the "Bonjour" pillow. Did you make that as well? Anyways, congratulations on your giveaway wins. Have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana

Lamp Tramp said...

Hey Shellagh... your chair slip cover is just perfect. I love how you made it, you made it sound so simple! Know the frustration of ripping out mistakes, ah, such is the life of a seamstress!
You beat me to it on this project, ha ha! I actually sit on a desk chair just like yours in my laundry room when I sew. I dream of slip covering it, but there are too many more important things to do.
Loving Kenzie's room and I DO catch your vision. All your visions and beautiful finished projects are floating around in my mind's eye while I sleep! Keep on inspiring us all, Shellagh!
xoxo!
Lamp Tramp

Faded Charm said...

Another great makeover. You make it seem so easy. We might need to get together and you can give me some lessons. I did get some great linen fabric(40%off at Joanne's) and some premaid ruffle fabric. I'd like to recover a bench with it or maybe even some pillows.

Have a great weekend and pray for the sun.

Kathleen

Laurie said...

Love the chair! Love to sew... I understand the a.d.d thing :0)

Have a happy weekend,
Laurie

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

That's a place to sit worthy of the superstar blogger you are, Shellagh! :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!
Anne

rustandruffles said...

Wow Shellagh!!
Gorgeous!!! Can't believe how much you get done!!
Happy day!
xojanis

Beach House Living said...

Shellagh,
I'm in awe at how you do it all and do it all so well. I would like my office chair to be that pretty and I wouldn't mind the bird pillow either.

Your projects are a delight to look at.

Beatnheart said...

BEAUTIFUL MOMMY

Mara said...

Wow Shellagh! Your daughter's room will turn out fab!!! And what a lucky gal you are: these gift are to die for!!!
Have a great week end!!

Hugs!
Mara

Anonymous said...

I love what you did to your ugly chair, what a great way to make something useful into something pretty. That bench is my favourite, your daughter's room is going to look amazing!
Have a great weekend
Janice @ Canadian Cottage

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Shellagh,
I cam by to see your latest beauties, I can see you have a new Miss America :)
What a perfvect re-do and great re-styling to that office chair.

BY the WAY! I was visiting Kim and saw your beautiful help in creating Kim's new European chic room, what a great friend you are to help her out :)

see you later what a beautiful day over here.
xx
Dore

Emom said...

I hope your weekend is as special as you are....smiles.

tara said...

Brilliant!! The chair looks amazing.

Burlap Luxe said...

Shellagh Thank you for your dear comment you left...way to kind :P

My brother is moving to Oregon by Bend in June to his Land he is building on. He has sold one of his homes in Hawaii and he can go back and forth he loves the Cold so he will be at home with you guys...I will be up to visit soon if all goes well and will let you know and we can all meet up, Yippie !!!

talk to you later doll face :)

xx
Dore
PS. I have a dear girl friend and she and her hubby live in Utah and she Loves what you did over at Kims just crushing over it, Then she went to your site to Drool seriously!!

Talk to you later on any details.

magpie chic said...

Us chair obsessed girls have to stick together! I think your daughter's room will be totally fab without any autonomy whatso ever! I love it already. I am much cheered by your attitude to feel the fear and do it anyway slip covering! I tried this approach myself, inspired by your ottomans i think, and I am pleased with the result!
Jacqui

time-worn interiors said...

You are all over this slip cover thingy! Great job!
Theresa

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Looks great....I should do this too....I have an ugly blue chair. You made it look easy, though.~Patti

Privet and Holly said...

Shellagh! Lucky girl! I met Tracey at the Na-da farm sale, she is as sweet as this little giveaway that you won! And Tricia is a dear, as well! Haven't met her, yet.....But am heading to Texas next spring, so who knows : ) I LOVE what you did with all of your decorating projects. You are so handy with the slips and reupholstering and I'm quite envious! You REALLY have accomplished quite a bit during the soggy weather. I know, my mom is even pulling her hair out a bit, and she normally doesn't mind the rain. She did send me a pic of their peonies in bloom, today, so guess that is a GOOD sign for your part of the country. Keep on showing us your inspired ideas ~ love 'em!
xx Suzanne

Tove's to og firbeinte said...

Despite the fact you´re giving me a good laugh as usual when I read you posts,I have to be a little bit mad at you today! How mean of you is it to share a picture of what seems to be a wonderful magazine,- but leaving the complete name out of the picture!!!!!You see,this "little girl" would like(LOVE) to check it out...never heard of it before so I´d love to search for it here on the net.But then I have to have the complete name first.You see??? ;)So be a good girl please,and give me what I need.Name of the magazine...and even better if you have a website adress :)))
Tove,Norway :) (Not that angry,after all)

La Maison Reid said...

That does it...I'm gonna have to dig my old office chair out of the barn and redo it! What a lovely piece it is now! Is the "Bonjour" a stencil? It's lovely as well.

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