From Tired to Fresh

Author:  Autumn

First of all, Jordan and I would like to thank the ladies who hosted last week’s Summer Block Blog Party for selecting us to win a door prize.  We won a lantern from Farmhouse Wares, which will go to Jordan and Mr. Spring to use either on their new patio or when they go camping.

Now, on with today’s business.  When we moved into our new digs, my intentions were to have a whole new look.  To achieve that goal, we donated, consigned, or gave away about half of our stuff.  However, we kept our best and favorite pieces of furniture.  Among them is a Hinkel Harris dining room set that is the best furniture we own.  We had to keep it, and though it is classic in design, it needed an update.  Since it is such a good quality, it isn’t furniture that one would slap a coat of paint on in order to  give it a new life.

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You think the furniture looks tired in this photo?  Well, it looked a lot more tired in person.  My only alternative was to replace the fabric, which is about 20 years old (Yikes!) with something new, lively, and in our colors.

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Doesn’t this faded fabric just make you want to yawn?

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I found this lively material at a local fabric store, and they had just enough remaining on the bolt to cover our eight chairs.  And better yet, it was fifty per cent off.  Who doesn’t love a deal?  I love the way it looks like crewel stitchery.

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And it met my basic requirements:  Its colors are reds, blues, greens, and yellows, which are the shades we use throughout our house so everything will flooooooooooow.

After treating it with a fabric protector and a few hours of low-intensity labor, our chairs went from this:

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To this:

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Don’t you think the new fabric is much better?

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I can change the look each season with the addition of throw pillows against the back.  I plan to use two of our wing chairs as the host and hostess chairs, and another update I made was the purchase of a padded bench which will replace two of the chairs on one side of the table.  I’ll show it all to you later.  First, I need to get the dining room in order.  It is not quite ready for the its big reveal.

Take care!

Linking to Savvy Southern Style for WOW Wednesday.




  1. says

    Hi, I’m here from the Wow Us Wednesday party! I LOVE your chair makeover. I seem to gravitate to a very similar fabric, having bought it in a couple different shades. 🙂 I, too, love reds, greens, yellows, and blues. Now I’m off to check out the rest of your blog!

  2. says

    That fabric is just beautiful! Did you do anything to the wood, or did the fabric make the wood look renewed?

  3. donna says

    awesome fabric. I love the crewel! Motivates me to check our local fabric shops…..I always run into Atlanta spending more that I want to! Lovely!