It's so hard for me to believe that I have been blogging for a whole year now!  A huge thanks to all of my patient, forgiving, nonjudgmental readers -- you guys are the best!  I really do appreciate your sticking with me through all of my messy sometimes crazy furniture makeovers, design attempts, and penny-pinching shopping adventures.  Y'all are very much appreciated!  

For Blogiversary Day fun, I thought I'd repost my very first blog post -- enjoy!

{ I am all about saving money. I believe that a little ingenuity, research, and elbow grease will go a long way. Why buy new when you can repurpose or spruce up what you have?  Case in point: my very first DIY project as a newlywed, recovering some hand-me-down dining room chairs.

My wonderful husband and I had barely returned from o
ur honeymoon and moved into our new house when he announced that he had invited a group of his friends over for dinner the following night. (This may or may not have resulted in our first argument as a married couple!) After panicking first and then assessing the situation - a house full of hand-me-down furniture and almost no money in the budget for anything new - I got to work.
We were given a set of dining chairs as a gift from an old neighbor. Very sweet and much appreciated, but not my style and a little shabby:

I had seen great upholstered dining
 chairs with a similar camel back like this one from Restoration Hardware:
and I wondered if by some miracle I could transform our dining chairs into something similar in the next 24 hours. A quick trip to the fabric store and $18 later ($3/yd. upholstery fabric!) I dove in. I don't think at that point I had ever really sewn, but my mom had given me a sewing machine and shown me the basics of operating it. I definitely had never recovered furniture before, but how hard could it be?
I basically ended up sewing a tight slipcover for the chair backs and then pulling the fabric under the frame and stapling it tight. For the seats I just cut a square larger than the seat, pulled it under the frame and stapled. Definitely not a professional job, but for $18 plus some staples, I felt like the chairs were much more presentable.

Never mind that there were no curtains and absolutely nothing hanging on the walls yet!

Those chairs lasted us for a good two years, not bad for $18! }

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McVal said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on your blogiversary! Those chairs look gorgeous!

I'm Erica! said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy blogiversary!! Those chairs do look great! Doesn't look like a first time :)

Hirondelle Rustique said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations! It's fun to see how much your blog has grown in a year!

Ruby@Ruby'sMusings said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on the blogiversary, and here is to many, many more!

The Homesteading Apartment said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on the first year blogging experience!! I'm a few months away myself (: Those chairs look fabulous...you did such a good job and very well done!

I just became a new follower and look forward to coming back often for future posts (:


charlotteannette said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Britt! I am new to your blog (I think I made my way here through Layla via Young House Love?) Anyway, you are so creative and inspiring!! I would love to know more details about this project...you must be SUPER speedy with the sewing machine to get that done in 24 hours! I have recovered chair seats before, so I basically understand the concept, but what do you do in the area where you can't pull it under like near the chair legs? Just fold it and pull tight?

Britt said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks! I am pretty speedy, but not always very neat :) That is pretty much what I did - tuck under, pull tight, and staple as close to the area as possible. It definitely wasn't a perfect upholstery job, but it lasted for a couple of years. Hope that answers your questions!
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