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How New Fabric Can Change Your Life

March 23, 2010

by Elizabeth

Moving into a maison from an apartment is obviously really exciting, for a number of reasons. “Oh my gosh, we have a yard, I can have a garden! Two people can fit in our kitchen at the same time! We have a guest room! Yes, you can paint the study burnt orange, because we have a study!” However, it doesn’t take long to realize that “we have all this space!” secretly also means “oh my gosh, we have to furnish all this space.” After disposing of childhood furniture, dorm room basics, and coffee tables that cost $25, you can end up with an impossibly long and very intimidating list of “furniture we have to buy. IMMEDIATELY.”

detail of gag-tastic 1960s fabric

Husband and I actually had enough furniture between the two of us so that the house wasn’t half empty after I moved in, which was always a plus. We were even lucky enough to be on the receiving end of the best furniture pass down ever, my grandparents’ antique dining table, complete with five leaves and 8 chairs. And I really do like the furniture, an even bigger plus. The only not so small problem was that the chairs had not been recovered since 1968, and it showed. (See the before picture above.)

But the good news is, if you find a good upholsterer, you can have 2 new to you armchairs for less than $300, which is much cheaper than buying brand spanking new ones. If you’re in need of furniture, go to garage sales, estate sales, craigslist, ebay, interior consignment shops – and don’t be afraid of the 1960s fabric. Even if you have to wait a few months to get rid of it, recovering furniture is such a deal! Fabrics are available at a wide range of price points (I found another for the dining chairs for only $9 a yard!), and it’s such an easy way to incorporate your style into vintage pieces.

fabric that changed my life

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Cori Sue permalink
    March 24, 2010 11:41 am

    Ohmigosh! Y’all are too cute. I lust after those chairs. They are prettier than any I’ve seen in stores lately, too!

  2. March 24, 2010 1:20 pm

    Thanks Cori Sue! Picking out fabric stresses me out a little bit, but I’m so happy with how they turned out!

  3. Lisa permalink
    March 25, 2010 5:41 pm

    Will you come to our house? It is STILL stuck in the 1970’s–not only is that bad–it looks like a frat house that is stuck in the 1970’s!

  4. Christina permalink
    March 27, 2010 8:25 pm

    I heart them and I cant wait to see them! The fabric looks SO good with your wall color!

  5. Christina permalink
    March 27, 2010 8:26 pm

    PS the lamp looks super cute there too!

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