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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Going Green...with a little eggplant

In honor of Go Green Week , 6 - 12 February 2012.........

I re-upholstered the cushions on these two chairs. The room was originally red and gold and it's is now a more updated green and eggplant. I should just avoid fabric stores because I see all the fantastic fabric and all the possibilities which will always cause me to re-upholster everything in the house. Recently I found an incredible shop about 40 miles away and I have now visited it twice this month. Is there a clinic for people like me?

The chairs used to look like this:

I also added new burlap pillows and discovered something interesting. The particular burlap I purchased has a lot of body, it is also very thick because I mainly chose it because I want to re-upholster my spiderweb chairs (that is this coming week if all goes according to plan..as we all know all good plans always stay right on schedule). All I have to create these images is the inkjet transfers. They leave kind of a nasty waxy film on your fabric, however I have found that if you iron over them once they are on your fabric, the image doesn't disappear, the waxy, plastic substance just gets absorbed into the fabric further. It still makes the fabric a bit stiff, but more like starch than a plastic/ wax coat. I attempted this on linen as well as this rough thick burlap. The only difference is that the image is more faded on the burlap and much clearer and crisper on the linen. This is ok with me as I kind of wanted it much more faded out on the burlap. This will however ruin your iron....I wish I had considered this before I used my good iron. You can purchase a cheap iron for about $20. When using the burlap  the black print tends to build up on the iron and will deposit on the edges, this was also ok with me as it added to the age. Just remember to turn the iron down and swipe the image, do not let it sit on the image more than a split second. You will need to go over it again and again until you see the waxy substance disappear. Good Luck. It gets easier as you do it a few times.

images on pillows thanks to Graphics Fairy (my new Fairy Godmother <3)

and the rest of the Living room with more new pillows made from the fabric from the FS that I couldn't leave without (I am just now re-building my stockpile)

I painted the big painting behind the chair...my daughter said I should get rid of it, my husband says
to leave it there..what do you guys think...should it stay or should it go?

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Shannon @ COZY HOME SCENES said...

It's amazing what a change modern fabric can make, isn't it? Those chairs look new with the pretty new pillows and spiffy fabric seat cushions. Those look like new chairs now.

I'm like you and love fabric, so I have to not look at in in the store, or I'll try to justify to myself why I "need" it when I currently have more fabric than I'll ever use.

Thanks for linking up to my party this week Brigitte!

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

I'm loving it all...especially those cushions! The burlap pillows are AWESOME, too!!! Thanks for your sweet note about my desk on my blog earlier! Totally made my day!!!

Brigitte @ Evolution of a home said...

Thank you both for hosting Link Parties and stopping by!

Karen Bates said...

Love the cushions...great color and you did a fabulous job...the burlap pillows are over the moon!

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