Fabric Swatches

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

I ordered some fabric swatches last month, after I scored my awesome thrift store bar stools. I really wanted to leave the orange vinyl, but it wasn't in good enough shape. I figured that I would go ahead and stick with that color though, so I checked out Joann's website, and ordered a couple of things

My first thought was to stick with a type of vinyl. I wasn't too impressed with their selection, so there was only one that I thought I might like. Next I checked out their home decor fabrics, and man, what a chore! There were so many, it was hard to narrow it down. There were several that I thought might work, but I finally decided on one. Here are some pictures of the ones I got.



The lighting wasn't the greatest where I was taking these pictures, but you can still tell that the fabric is a lot more vibrant! I didn't really care for the vinyl at all, so I don't think I'll be going that route. Plus, isn't that floral pattern just amazing? I love it, so I've decided on that as my final choice. I just need to save a little money and wait for a fifty percent off coupon, because that stuff is expensive! Luckily, the stools aren't that big, so it shouldn't take too much fabric to do the job. In the meantime, I need to get started on sanding and painting the legs, because that will be the easiest and cheapest part of this project.

Now, speaking of projects that are expensive, I am ashamed to say that I have a project sitting in my shop that's been there for years. Yes that's right, years. Plural. I found this awesome wing back chair on the side of the road a few summers ago, and it has sat in our shop ever since. I did buy some fabric for it at one time, when I was going through a navy blue/patterned phase. Needless to say, I'm glad I never got around to it, because I'm not longer in love with that fabric. As an accent on, say, some pillows, yes. As a full cover on a chair, no. I like classic furniture that I can keep around forever, and not get tired of it. So, when I was ordering swatches, I found a neutral that I thought I might like.

Again, the lighting sucked. It's not really this green/grey.

Well, I do like it, and it is awesome quality too! It would definitely stand up to years of wear and tear. If I used this fabric, I probably wouldn't ever have to re-upholster it ever again! Which would be awesome, because I don't think it's going to be much fun. This particular fabric though, is outrageous! I will be saving for quite a while before I can afford enough to do this whole chair. I guess that's just what happens though when you go with good quality, you have to be willing to pay for it. I think it's safe to say, that chair will be sitting for a while longer still. And in case you were wondering, here's what my beautiful chair looks like!

You can't see, but the legs are dog chewed!

Isn't she (yes it's a she) wonderful? Yeah, she needs some major crazy t.l.c. but I'm in love with her. I mean, who wouldn't see this beauty on the side of the road, and not want to take her home? Someday, she will be all pretty again, and I plan on keeping her forever! 

So, that's where I'm at project-wise. My goal is to get my bar stools, done before end of summer, and hopefully my chair before the end of the year. Wish me luck!

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  1. Thank you very much! And yes, definitely :) Thanks for reading!

  2. Very cool! Can't wait to see more pics!

    1. Thank you! Yes, hopefully I can start making some progress soon :)

  3. That orange fabric has a gorgeous print! Fabric can be so expensive, I really want to try my hand at quilt-making but can't afford it at the moment! That chair is a great shape (is that a weird thing to say?!) I can see it being amazing once its fixed up!
    Vic @ Frankly VIc

    1. No, that's not weird! I think so too, that's one of the things I love most about it :)


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