July 18, 2008

I'm Lovin' Slipcovers!

Please tell me I'm not the only one that decides to make a few "little changes" and it ends up being practically a whole house makeover ! Let me give ya'll a little background. For sometime now, I've been craving a makeover of my kitchen. Hubby wants all new cabinets but that will have to wait until next year. So we decided to just paint the cabinets and walls. Right now my kitchen is red with a lot of rooster stuff going on....and while it has been a great look, I'm ready to retire those roosters! Don't be surprised if some of my stuff doesn't end up for sale on this blog!

The first thing that needed to be done was to get the tile and grout cleaned. Okay, I called this company to come out this week for an "estimate". Whoa, daddy...they wanted $700+ just to clean the grout and tile plus another $175 per year to "maintain" it! Does that mean they would be here every week to mop and drop by when the grandkids have been here to clean up that mess? I doubt it. So I called another company.....they came in at $200 so I said go ahead. But wait, they said that I had the only grout they'd ever come across that could not be cleaned because the installers had mixed two colors together and some grit that makes it impossible to get them cleaned. They said they put 1,500 pounds of pressure on the tile/grout and still could not clean it. So I spent 3 hours yesterday on my hands and knees scrubbing and guess what? I sure didn't put 1,500 pounds of pressure on those tiles but they looked better than when company "b" left. I called hubby crying and whining and so now looks like I'll be getting a new kitchen floor (yay!).

Next is the wall and cabinet colors. I am still undecided but I do have an idea of where I'm going with that. The table and chairs in there will be changed out too (I have a nice pedestal and glass top I'll be using with some slipcovered parsons chairs).

Just so happens my dining room is right next to the soon-to-be spruced up kitchen and the chairs were in desperate need of recovering. Flipping through the good ol' Ballards catalog I came across these darling slipcovers so I ordered some to see how I liked them. Kinda gives the room a coastal feel. They look great with my seagrass rug. If I keep them, I will have them monogrammed in black since the border on the rug is black. They are a little big so I tucked in the top portion. I will have to cut out the top part and sew it to fit my chairs a little more snug. I really like the natural linen color of them.

I ironed the heck out of these babies, but being linen, they are supposed to look wrinkled

Cute little flounced skirt....see how good they look with the rug?

Big generous bow in the back

You can see where I've tucked in the top here...

...and here

View from kitchen into dining room. I'm sure that I will "have" to eventually change out the wall color which is a soft gold glazed with brown . I love my drapes but not sure if I'll keep them up. I may do another type of drape in here in keeping with the linen slipcovers. I think I will just cover the other 3 chair seats in a matching linen and not slipcover them. Sometimes you can overdo it.

The brown slipcovered parsons chairs with the initial you see I got at Target. These will be the chairs I will use in the kitchen. I am ordering another set of slipcovers in a natural or off-white color with monogram for the kitchen so I'll have two sets.

Just for the heck of it, what do ya'll think of these dining slips?


Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

LOVE THEM! Those are absolutely precious! If you lived nearby, I'd hire you for sure!

Great work & happy weekend!


KARIN said...

Oh, I love those linen slips. LOVE them! I had to go digging for my Ballards catalog to have a look. I may need to order some, too!

It's funny that you are ready to "retire" the roosters. My DH and I moved in to a new (to us) house several months ago and I made the decision to not re-use most of my rooster/ french country. I even sold my red and gold plaid silk drapes to some friends on a decorating board called Great Impressions. Anyway, I've been at such a loss for what to do next. I've got some linen fabric samples, some brown silk, some damask. Haven't got a clue! I'm so looking forward to what you decide to do!

By the way, I and bought a Steam Shark with a grout cleaning nozzle on ebay several months ago. It cost me about $12 plus shipping and let me tell you, it cleans the grout. Just a thought. You might like one until you get your new floor.


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Judy, I love them too! THey are beautiful on your chairs. I'm sure you can get them modified to fit better if you work on them. Love the little flounce. That's a great shot of your DR, I don't think I've seen it all before, but I love it. Gorgeous! Love that centerpiece you have on there with all the pretty things.


mommyofmany said...

Oooo.... the slipcovers are so cute, and they'll look especially wonderful once they're monogrammed.

I, too, like the centerpiece in your table with everything artfully arranged on the silver tray. Are you going to share kitchen pics as you go?

Nancy said...

Hi Judy, I love them!!! Great look! One thing always leads to another does it not? I'll be watching for that rooster stuff!! Nancy

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Judy, they look great!

Carrie said...

Those chair slipcovers are gorgeous! I love the ruffled skirts.

Gretchen said...

I love the chair covers and they are just perfect in your room.

Can't wait to see what you are going to do in the kitchen.


justabeachkat said...

Love 'em!


new every morning said...


I love your centerpiece, too!

mishebe said...

I like them too. Specially when u get them monogrammed.I get Ballard catalogs all the time. They inspire me.. visit me sometime. www.thecrownedcasa.blogspot.com

Vanilla Lavender said...

No! You're not alone! I heart slipcovers too! And yours are adorable!! I'm following you!

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