January 18, 2010

Monogrammed Dining Chairs

When I redecorated my dining room last year I ordered some Louis slipcovers from Ballards for 6 of my 8 dining room chairs.       That left 2 of my chairs covered with some really ugly, nasty orange crushed velvet that jumped out at me every time I went in my dining room to ohhh and ahh over its new look.       After seeing some amazing transformations other bloggers had achieved by simply stenciling a monogram or letter on their chair seats, it got me to thinking that would be a great fix for my chairs.    And what better treatment on those seats than to use drop cloths and black lettering, same idea as my drop cloth drapes in the dining room?     Easy, right?     Well, not for me.    Seems like everything I do gets complicated and never turns out like I want it to.

My first impulse was to simply make my own stencil and stencil our monogram on the chair seat.     That turned out a mess!     I won’t even go into the problems I encountered with that idea.

Next, I saw on Robyn’s blog how she printed off a mirror image on her computer onto transfer sheets and simply ironed it on to her fabric.     I quickly found out that none of the computers at work or home would make a mirror image.      Don’t even try and give me “how to’s” on creating a mirror image….trust me….I tried every suggestion and NOTHING!

So Robyn took pity on me and created a mirror image for me and emailed it to me.    THANKS ROBYN!    Hey, if ya’ll haven’t checked out my Southern sista’s blog, go here now and see what you’ve been missing.     You won’t be sorry.

Of course, the transfer sheets have to be printed on an INK JET printer and not a LASER JET printer.      Sooooo, I finally got my images printed and I’m really happy with how my chairs turned out.

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Here’s the old crushed velvet seat.    Ugly!

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This is the transfer paper I used.

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After you print off your image, cut it out close to the edge of your design.    

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Lay your design print side down on your fabric.    

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Ironing my design on my drop cloth seat cover which I had already cut to fit the seat, allowing for wrapping around the seat to staple on the back.

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I held my breath while I peeled away the transfer paper.      I know you see a “shadow” from the transfer paper but when you see the finished product, unless you look REALLY close, you don’t see it, so I won’t worry about it.

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Boy Howdy, was I a happy girl!    Instant monogrammed chair covers!

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Yes, I know it’s not perfectly centered, but ask me if I care!

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See what I mean about not being able to see that shadow?

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I love the way my drop cloth chair covers it turned out.     And let’s just pretend the twin  to this chair is done and sitting on the other side of the sideboard.      All I have to do is staple the fabric to that old ugly orange seat and I’ll have a “new” pair of chairs.

This was a fun project, even though I had a few road blocks along the way.    

I’m finally “done” in the dining room.     Now on to the sunroom…..


Robyn said...

They look wonderful Judy!!! I'm glad they worked out!!

Cheri said...


Lou Cinda said...

This looks fabulous!! I think it looks perfectly centered to me! I am wanting to do the transfer thingy and can't figure it out either! I was thinking about going to Office Max and seeing if they could print it for me!

Yours looks Wonderful!!

Lou Cinda

Sharon said...

That seat cover looks great!!! I may try that with some of my husband's grandmother's old dinning room chairs. Probably just embroidery the initial and then cover the seat but thanks bunches for the idea. Can't wait to see that sunroom.

FleaMarketTrixie said...

That turned out great, good job!

Linda said...

The chair looks outstanding...I need to try this transfer thing...I might just go a little crazy with it and do it all over the house:)
Silly me...I thought I had you on my fav blog list...I'm adding you now!!!!


Kat said...

Wow! You certainly changed the look and how! Great job.


Amy Kinser said...

They look wonderful. Amazing that a dropcloth can look that good.

Bama Belle said...

OH I adore it! What a fabulous idea! You are so creative. I just might have to try this myself!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

The chairs are amazing!! Great job. Love & blessings from NC!

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

Cool! I missed the drop cloth drapes, but you've got me wondering if that's what I need on my dining room chairs. Drop cloth. It might be just the right color. Certainly looks good on yours.

The grandbaby's still well? That was scary, wasn't it?

Town and Country said...

So clever. You have such great ideas Judy.

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

I love the way they turned out. I also think the idea of using drop cloths is sooo great. I am totally ignorant when it comes to the whole ttransfer thingey - but I think I might be able to accomplish this. Thanks for the easy how-to's. I would have to figure out the whole mirror things, too. eek!

So glad they turned out well for you. Have a blessed week, Barb

Southern Lady said...

I love your new chair, Judy. Amazing transformation!

santamaker said...

Wow, it's great! Looks so classy! I would love to try this!

Melissa Lester said...

Those look great, Judy! I'm so relieved Jackson was spared from surgery and hope he won't experience pain like that again!

The Stylish House said...

Love this and thank you for the instructions also. This is a great idea!

Jennifer said...

My dining room chairs are just like yours. I have recovered them so many times its mind boggling. I love this idea and may try it myself!

lkjatl said...

It looks great! I am thinking of doing something like that on a chair in our bedroom.

Debra from Bungalow said...

Love how the chairs turned out. I have used that same technique to monogram a table runner.
I'm off to read about your drop cloth panels, aren't they so useful and not just for catching paint drips.

Miss Janice said...

I can see why you love these chairs now! They turned out so cute...love 'em:)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

They're beautiful, Judy!

Cynthia @An Accomplished Woman said...

The chairs turned out fantastic.


Melissa Miller said...

Judy they look gorgeous! :)

Teresa said...

Judy- your dinning room turned out fabulous. and the latest addiction is wonderful. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.
Happy Day

Sherry said...

Judy, Thanks for dropping by and leaving comments on my blog. I see all these projects and think how hard could that be. Well, I am sorry you had a hard time with this project but it does make me feel better knowing..it wasn't just me! Your chairs turned out great.

I DO DECLARE said...

Impressive!!!! You have the best ideas!

The DIY Show Off said...

Long time no see Judy! I'm so glad you linked up to the DIY Show & Tell party - I LOVE it. You always have the best most creative and pretty ideas. Thanks so much for sharing! I'm looking around my house wondering where I can do something similar. I love monograms. ;)


Rachel said...

It looks wonderful. I did something very similar to a thrift store chair. I stenciled my monogram on with fabric paint. It never dawned on me to use iron on. Good job!

Rachel@ Simply Rachel

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Love the monogram!

Theresa Cheek said...

This is such a transformation and update in style! A good "how-to" for the process. Great post.

jenniedub said...

Just found your blog through someone elses and wanted to say I might still this idea. How cute and clever!! :)

southerncakegirl said...

That is amazing!! I am newer to the blogging world and thoroughly enjoying it! The monogrammed dining chairs look like something you would buy in an expensive store, like Home Goods.

Kathysue said...

Judy, what a great idea, I have the back of my slip covers monogrammed now this is another way to add monograms, You know me and blk and white and monograms, I am so there!! Kathysue

Miss Mustard Seed said...

It looks so great! I love monogrammed things, so this is right up my alley. Nice work.

Henry said...

That looks great! Spacify offers wide range of Dining Chairs .

The Inspired Nest said...

Your chair looks great! I have been wanting to try this but I haven't yet! Thanks for the inspiration!

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