You guys are awesome!
You gave some excellent advice on those two items I couldn't quite decide to sell.
I'm definitely keeping the two floral prints.
Let me show you what I did with them......
Want a close-up?
Still not close enough?
Not placed quite perfectly yet, but since I'm painting, it will do for now.
I like it with the green of the back of the bookcases, but I'm going to be painting those this week.
And now for the "That's Good Enough" Tutorial.
I have the best (in my opinion) all weather wicker chairs ever! I love them! They are so comfortable. We bought them at Target about four years ago on clearance. Why am I giving you all this information? Background! (Teachers know the more background knowledge you have - generally speaking of course - the better you do in school.)
Well, this year, the seat cushions were shot! I mean literally, they looked like someone shot at them.
We actually think a Mr. Sam Cat and a Miss Brody Cat and the neighborhood cats might have partied a little too hard on them. See?
Well, I really wanted to sew a slipcover for them out of those drop cloths everybody raves about.
Talked my plan over with my two favorite seamstresses, the Fabulous Phyllis (owner of Sawdust and Stitches) and the Sewing Bee (my mom) and it started to get complicated. It moved waaaaaay beyond my sewing skills (which are pretty much nonexistent) and Sewing Bee doesn't really have time to help me with it right now and the Fabulous Phyllis is pretty busy too.
(and you all know this is the real reason)
I wanted them done right NOW!
(picture me stamping my foot and holding my breath)
So here are your supplies:
scissors (that are sharp enough for cutting fabric)
canvas drop cloth (I bought two 6' x 9' for four cushions)
1. Don't clean the cushions. Why bother? You're just going to cover them with canvas and duct tape. (That's the best part of a That's Good Enough tutorial.)
2. Cut a square or rectangle that gives you about 12" around all the edges. Great thing about these drop cloths is you can just start the cut and then tear the rest of the length. This gives you a nice straight edge - definitely straighter than I could have cut it.
3. Wrap the front and back of the cushion snugly. Tape to the old cushion.
4. Wrap the sides like a present. This took some finagling to settle the bulk of all the fabric into some nice folds, but it was worth the time. Tape down like you would a present with wrapping paper.
5. Flip over (and promise to never flip them over to the other side) and settle them into the BEST patio chairs ever.
6. Place your cute (but slightly sun-faded) pillows back on the chair and relax. Enjoy a coffee or a cocktail or, in my case, a nice cold glass of iced tea.
Welcome to the end of my "That's Good Enough" tutorial.
I'll let you know how they survive the summer and early fall.
And, in the meantime, please enjoy a few pictures of my little patio.
Just found the milk glass jars in my garage stash.
Thank you for buzzing in today! It's always a treat to see you.
Still working on that 500 follower giveaway. I do hate to be a tease, but I want it to be really nice for you.
All right - you got me - I LOVE to be a tease! I was born a teaser - so here's a sneak peek.......
And c'mon back! I'll make you a peach iced tea! And I'm not teasing about that!