Thursday, January 17, 2013

Working With What You've Got

In 2013, my plan is to work with what I've got!

My health isn't great with terrible headaches and chronic pain, but I am trying struggling to stay positive on that front.

This also applies to the house!  

While we work hard to pay off our crazy mortgage (mediocre houses here cost half a million, thanks to the oil boom, so don't even think about moving here and adding to the demand, okay?), I've decided to focus on:
improving things we already own

I was putting off reupholstering these dining chairs until we move to our "forever" house, but I cannot bear them any longer.  The side chairs are covered in a pink and blue stripe while the armchairs are in a beige damask.  I cannot tolerate this.
I know it's gauche to have a matching dining table and chairs, so please accept my apologies until I remedy this situation.

Some have suggested slipcovers, but that sounds (a) expensive (b) too busy and (c) not my style.  I want a tailored look, and will probably just recover the seats.  

However...I could do a tailored full slip on the two armchairs, OR
replace the two armchairs with new upholstered chairs?

Until I decide, I am considering fabrics.

I really like a pale toile or reverse toile (like Darryl Carter uses):
toile chair ♥

I also like a stripe:
ticking stripe

Any suggestions?  
(I am sure we will be discussing this in the future).

My office chair (actually I have a pair) needs an update too:

I plan to re-cover this in a lovely linen and use new nail heads, likely antique brass or antique silver.  The other one sits in my living room.

The final dilemma is this antique Edwardian chair that now sits in the upstairs hall.  I am at a loss, but I think the era dictates that a pattern be used:

I am thinking of a neutral, larger-scale pattern and something fine, like this Fortuny fabric:

Don't hesitate to share if you have suggestions.  I am sure we will revisit each of these chairs when the time is right.

Happy weekend!


  1. Wow you have lovely chairs. Okay I love the toile and the stripe. Anyway you can incorporate stripe and toile? Not sure. How about a pale stripe in front and back just a pale toile in same color ? No? I don't know really I'm asking.
    Also your Edwardian chair is lovely, I can't tell the color but I kinda dig the fabric.
    So glad your jumping into a project. How fun.

  2. Hi, Terri - I love the idea of 2 new upholstered chairs for the ends. Your dining chairs have slip seats, right? Those are really easy to reupholster. The seats just pop out, and you can staple on new fabrics. Keep us posted!!
    Take care,

    1. Yes Loi, the dining chair seats just pop out. I will probably do it myself although I have to get some replacement stuffing, or foam, or whatever one uses. I need to You Tube this! I am not sure what a proper upholsterer would do but I should have done it much sooner.

      In all honesty, I waited until I bought the new sofa and chairs for the living room, as it is just adjacent and I wanted it all to coordinate!

    2. Anonymous12:30 am

      Hi Terri,
      I rarely shop at Walmart, but that's where I found the foam for my chairs. It's sold in a 4-pack and is 16" x 16" x 1". You will also need a pack of batting for making quilts. I used my electric knife to cut the foam to the shape of the plywood. There are lots of tutorials on blogs about how to recover chairs and probably on You Tube as well. It's really pretty easy and if you're not quite happy with how it looks you can take some of the staples out and pull the fabric tighter.

      I like the idea of upholstered end chairs as well, but until you get those you can recover the chairs you have in fabric that you love and enjoy those too. I can't wait to see your updated chairs!


  3. Hi Terri,

    I like your attitude ~ making use of what you have;) Your fabric options are beautiful. I especially like the blue and white. I've heard that removing the covers is DO-ABLE.. whatever that means. I'll be following along to see how it goes as I'd like to do this as well.

    Have a nice weekend!

  4. I'm kind of on an austerity program myself. A little bit of all of those would be nice. Do you have any fabrics you can use? A velvet might be nice on one of them, maybe the office chairs (which I adore).

    1. I know you are! Ugh!

      I don't have enough of any existing fabrics, although I do have some lovely gray brown velvets I am saving for sofa pillows.

      I will leave you the chairs in my will. You have to come get them though. :D

  5. They look as if they are all good, sturdy chairs with classic lines. I'm sure that you'll have no difficulty in replacing the fabric. Penny at The Comforts of Home recently had a chair done and the fabric is lovely. The paint is probably not your style, but ohhhh the fabric is lovely. Did I already say that?

  6. Love the pale or reverse toile! I just emailed you about my fabric....wish I could be of more help!

  7. I am a lover of toile, yet all the options you show are beautiful. You're not kidding about house prices here. Sometimes I see amazing homes in the southern US listed for a fraction of what a wreck would be here.

    1. I know. Other than the big US cities, I am always so shocked when I watch those home shows at how cheap US housing is. It is an easy million to get into anything really nice in the inner city in Calgary. Isn't that mad? Our house is "worth" about half what we paid for it. haha.

  8. I absolutely LOVE your fabric choices! I think a tailored slip on the two armchairs would make them look different enough to be quite interesting.

    House prices in Western Canada are just nuts!

  9. Based on your inspiration photos, it appears that you like French styled chairs. However, you have English Queen Anne and Edwardian furniture. None of them will look proper in toiles or French ticking.

    Since you cannot afford to replace the table and chairs, I would start with the pink and blue side chairs. Find a neutral fabric to re-cover the seats - tone on tone stripes or a medium linen. As Loi said, you can easily do them yourself. Give it a try, you will be surprised how easy it is! It will not be an expensive project, you should only need about 1/2 to 5/8 of a yard for each chair.

    Your Edwardian chair looks lovely as it is. The fabric seems to be perfect for the style of the chair.

    However, your buffet does not seem to match the wood on your table or your chairs. They look like mahogonay while the buffet is much lighter and more yellow. Consider painting the buffet much lighter or much darker than the table and chairs so that it looks like you intended for them not to match.

    IMO, one should not have more than two colors of wood in a room or more than 2 types of metal. It is just too confusing to the eye.

    1. Thanks Charlotte. The chairs I posted were for the fabrics, as noted, not the style of chair. Yes, the dining table and chairs are reproduction Queen Anne and they "match" the sideboard, although the sideboard does not read as dark in the photo. I was thinking of a pale toile, not something overt, and I think that, or a stripe would look fine, but perhaps a neutral is a better idea. I will have to see what I can find. I was going to do a linen, but the whole house is getting linen-y and I am growing tired of it everywhere.
      I disagree that you can't have more than 2 different woods in a room. I see loads of people doing it. I do prefer everything to coordinate and in a small house it looks better not to have so much variety. But one has to live with what they have sometimes. :D

  10. Dear Terri, do remember this is what I do, anytime you need help etc, just email me and we can work out a meeting. Carol Anne

  11. oh and remember I do not charge friends... your my BBF (best blogger friend) oh man I just made that up and I like it... hope your having a great day.
    Tomorrow afternoon I have a 6 room client presentation... have not slept properly for days, to many lamps so little time, lol Fingers crossed they love it all.

    1. Thanks!!! Good luck tomorrow. :D

    2. thanks your good luck tomorrow worked... they loved everything but on piece of art (there were 9 art pieces & 10 lamps) we found a replacement artwork and moved on.
      They loved all the area rugs, sofas, recliners, tables, bar unit, tv unit etc... and purchased it all... I so love when I get all there wish list right & receive hugs at the end, this will be one amazing home when delivered (3 months... it was all custom)
      Have a great weekend, Carol Anne

    3. Wow - excited for you! That is a relief and such good news. :)

      xo T.

  12. Loi is right. Those chairs are a snap to recover. I love the ticking/ toile combo in a subdued color....b/ w or grays.

    1. A snap to recover? That must mean you can sew, which means you live too far away. :)

      xo Terri

  13. Looking forward to seeing the chairs when they are completed. I hope that you can be happy where in your home for many years to come. Over 29 years ago I bought a house and up to this day I still do not love and actually do not even like much....anyway I hope that you will not feel the same way I do. I suffer from chronic pain and have for 12 years now... what a life. Except that I do have life and can get around most days so I am better off than some can always be worse so I try and keep a positive look on life. For as you know it (life) is what you make of it.
    I so enjoy your blog. Many years ago I lived in Alberta and love to hear and see what is going on. The blogs that I mainly follow are Canadian and WOW we have some great blogs...yours included.

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