Thursday, June 12, 2008

A Great Deal on Fabric

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I originally wanted toile fabric for my chairs but the more I started looking at fabric I decided on floral. I REALLY wanted this Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic fabric below but it's $68 a yard plus shipping! I need 3 yards and there is no way I'm paying over $200 to cover dining room chairs! That's almost as much as I paid for the table, chairs and hutch!!! So, I went to a fabric store called Fabrics R Us in San Jose that I hadn't been to in probably 8 years or longer. I remembered they had great deals and boy did I find a great deal. I got this fabric pictured below for $5.00 a yard! I could not believe it! I spent a little over $16 out the door!
I love that it has an old faded look to it. It looks quilted but it's not. I'm still getting used to having a print on the chairs and at times I look at it and it seems too busy to me but maybe that's because I'm used to a solid color in my dining room. I ordered the floral appliques to put at the top center of the chair right where the cane meets the wood. I hope they get here by Saturday so I can put them on before I paint the chairs!
I still plan on making the cute white ruffled covers like in the photo below so I can have a different look. For those that asked if I had a pattern, no I don't, I just plan on making it up as I go. I don't think it will be too hard.




I hope I'm not boring everyone with so many dining room posts but it's the only thing I'm thinking about these days!

85 comments:

Cindyf said...

I'm so enjoying watching your dining room set come together. I've put your site as one of my favorites and I check it every day or two when I need a quiet break. I have a special friend coming to visit this fall and you have single handedly gotten me redecorating my little townhome. I've needed that push and its fun to excited about my house again.
Thanks
From another Cindy

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Cindy, I love your fabric. And hey, with a deal like that, if you get tired of it in a year or so, you can always replace it and not feel too guilty.

Blessings,

Sher

Anonymous said...

Cindy,

The fabric is perfect! I love the fact that it looks quilted. If you have extra fabric, you can always make a throw pillow or two to put in your living room too.

Debbie V.

Lady Pamela said...

Cindy, you NEVER bore me! I love reading your posts. I still think you should write a book with lots of your photos in it. I would buy several copies!
Lady Pamela

An Enchanted Cottage said...

You know what, Cindy? I like it BETTER!!! It is gorgeous!! And what a steal... Nope... Definitely not getting bored. Loving every little cottagey-shabby detail you provide!!...Donna

Beverly said...

I like the fabric you chose, and wow, was it a great buy. We have a similar fabric place nearby, and I frequent it every time I have a project in mind.

Susan said...

The fabric you chose is beautiful. I think it will look fabulous on your new dining room set. You have terrific ideas on your blog. What a talented girl you are!

A.D. said...

I LOVE the fabric you chose! I don't think it's too busy at all since it's muted. I think you will like having the solid white ruffled covers for a change of pace too.

Don't worry about boring me, it couldn't happen. Your blog is so interesting and the photos are so lovely; I love coming to visit.

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Ooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! You did such a great job! They look awesome! Completely cute! & fir for Victoria magazine!!


M ^..^

shabbyinminnesota said...

Cindy I agree with cindyf I too have put you in my favorites and check your site so often. How in the world did you paint your chairs and table so fast? What paint will you use for the final coats? Let us know...Your table will look so good in your space and I like the French look to it as well as the caned back chairs. Your home is so romantic. Keep up the good work. I can't wait to see it all done.

Kim - Happy @ Home said...

Boring us - I don't think so. Keep it coming.
It is amazing to watch your creativity in action.
Your dining room set looks great and what a deal you got on your fabric.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Kim

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the fabric you chose and it is not busy at all .... just softly pretty! You could never be boring either. Great choices you've made Cindy! Suesue

dynochick (Jan) said...

I love the fabric. The fact that it appears to be quilted gives it a little texture.

At first glance it appears the chairs were covered with a vintage quilt.

Love it.

Connie said...

Cindy, I loved going to shop at that store in SJ!! Fabric was perfect, chickee. You did a fantastic job - especially in such a short time. What do you take for all that energy, honey?!?!?! LOL

Join me for a giveaway on my blog at http://connie-livingbeautifully.blogspot.com

I don't think you'll be disappointed at all, chick!!

Smoochies,
Connie

Sharon said...

I love the fabric! It's not too busy. I think you are right--you are just not used to seeing a printed fabric on your dining room chairs.

Rhonda said...

Perfect. Sweet. Simple. Stunning.

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Never, ever boring! I love to see how you do all that you do. Thanks so much for sharing :-)

And wow! Great deal on that fabric.

Ann said...

It looks gorgeous! And I'm really enjoying following your progress with the dining set - keep posting about it.

Laura said...

I am having so much fine watching your transformation! I am now dreaming of Blue and White! The material is beautiful and I LOVE your new set!!

Laura :)

Anonymous said...

Oh Cindy, the fabric is so beautiful. Everything looks so nice and I want to see MORE!!!! You are definitely not boring us!!
Have a nice day!!!
Sabine from Germany

Laura said...

Oops.. I meant to say FUN!!

Anonymous said...

I think anything you do is perfect! You have such great taste. Beautiful set!

Rosemary said...

Very nice Cindy!!
You do get the good deals.
Rosemary

Joyce said...

I love the floral!!! It is so pretty and adds such a nice touch to an already beautiful dining room. I'm amazed at how quickly you get things accomplished. It is so refreshing to see. Makes me want to do the same thing . . . tomorrow:)

Anonymous said...

I LOVE that fabric. What a bargain!

Are you planning to glaze them, as we see in the picture?

~elaine~

Liz said...

Hi Cindy,
I have never posted on blogs or read them before. But I am totally hooked on RMS and that is where I came across your spaces and then blog. I check it our EVERY DAY! I am totally hooked. How do you do it? It seems like there is something everyday?!
I love your pictures and ideas. I went out and got a Lemon drop jar the other day :) And I love your dining set! Love the fabric to.
Thanks for sharing your style with us.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy, I have to agree with the others, your blog is ALWAYS soooo interesting. Each day is a treat to see what you'll come up with. Have you ever thought about having a "flea market/shop" feature?? You are sooo good at finding bargains, so many people love your style, and you could make $ doing what you love to do anyway? K

Angie said...

i think the fabric is gorgeous..and what a deal at 5.00 a yard! i love seeing the transformation of your pieces..so not boring to me!

~angie

Jessica said...

Wonderful fabric! I love the mix of muted, worn color in it! Your dining room is really a tranquil, and inviting space.
Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

I'm not bored.
The fabric choice is a great one. You can't beat the price on it. It will grow on you. What does Lauren think of the new dining set ?

Did you find the book yet creating french ?. It has an idea in there for the drape for chairs.

Ciao
Glenda

Kathleen Grace said...

I love the print, I don't think it is too busy at all. It is beautiful, just like everything you do:>)

TinaTx said...

I like that fabric better than the RA one! (and I love RA) I hope I can come across a deal like that - I'm looking for fabric to recover the glider rocker I had to put back in the living room. Should be interesting being as I don't sew an all!
Not at all bored with the dining room pictures - I love seeing how things are transforming!

Karen said...

The fabric is perfect and what a deal! Your dining room will look fantastic.

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

I love the dinning room post are you kidding~~~~~ I would like to try to make up some white seat covers as well put I am not much on sewing or I should say I am not good at it.
take care,
ginger

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

You do such a GREAT job with eveything...and you are soooo FAST too! I really admire your "go to it" ethic. I love the fabric selection you made too. Well done girlfriend! ~ xoxo Joy

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

CINDY!!! That fabric is beautiful! Oh my gosh, you couldnt have found anything better for your cottage! It is going to be gorgeous! Iam so excited for you!

Amy

Carousel222 said...

Great find on the fabric. It is beautiful. It is all coming together very nicely....

southernbelle said...

First let me say how gorgeous the
table and chairs are.Love the
cane back chairs....so soft and
classic.The fabric is the perfect
choice....but anything you picked
would be beautiful.Great price !!
It's fun watching everything come
together.I never get bored with
your posts so keep it coming !!!
Great idea of covering some pillows
if you have any fabric left.
~~~~Mimi~~~

Jan & Tom's Place said...

I love finding bargains, especially when they turn out so well! I'll be checking back to see more of your design ideas!

~Blessings,
Jan

Julie said...

I like the colors of the fabric you bought much more than the higher priced fabric. It pulls in the colors from your other blue colectables.

Natalie said...

I LOVE IT!! You are so incredibly talented!!

Deserae said...

Wow! The new fabric is gorgeous and what a great deal you go on it!!! I think it looks just perfect too! Can't wait to see the chairs painted with the appliques applied :o)
~Des

Mary said...

Oh, that fabric is DIVINE! And what a terrific deal. Love hearing all about your dining room!
xoxo,
Mary

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

What a great buy! I love the fabric and it looks great on your chairs! It ties in the blue from your couch too. These are turning out to be fantastic!

Kady

Creme de la Creme said...

So gorgeous!! I love the whole set! I really like your idea of the ruffly bit. You are always such a great inspiration.

lifeisgood said...

Ohmygosh Cindy! Your diningroom chairs turned out way more beautiful than I even imagined! That fabric is sooo pretty! I'm a huge fan of Rachel Ashley, but I must say I like the fabric you chose much better ~ it has more dimension. Great job, as usual:)
Karin

Pink Icing on the Cake said...

Too bad you didn't have this done for HGTV. They are just going to have to come back because surely you will inspire someone else.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Cindy, I don't think you can bore us with showing what you are doing with the bargains that you find. I love the fabric and the two different looks are going to be great.
Thanks for sharing,
Bonnie

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Cindy.. I like the fabric.. and the colour is soooo YOU.. blue & white floral.. it match!

Your blog NEVER bored me.. I love your blog.. you inspire people more to decorate their houses and do more thrift shopping..

Tara said...

Cindy

What a agreat fabric, and i think more durable than the toile maybe! It looks great and this room is so dreamy i could never tire of it!

:0)
Tara

Brenda Kula said...

Never boring! I love those chairs! The look is so lovely and feminine. I don't know how you did such a professional job. But I can't wait to see the finished project!
Brenda

The Cozy Parsonage said...

Nooooo I am not bored at all! I love reading your blog! You are such an inspiration-I soooo much ant to go to Marshall's because of you but from what I have seen by your blog I know I would get into big trouble in that place! Keep up the posting and decorating!
Tress

Judy said...

I love your dining room posts and I love the fabric. You do such great stuff. I wish I had half your talent.

nana said...

I love your decorating techniques! I want to redo my whole house. I especially love your kitchen. I have a 70's kitchen that is boring and dark. I want to do something to it, but I'm afraid I do not know where to start!

ginny

nana said...

I love your decorating! I think the dining room furniture is so pretty with the new fabric. I want to get going on my 70's kitchen which is dark and boring, but I don't know where to start!

nana said...

I love your fabric. I cannot stop looking at your blog. Everything is so perfect! I want to tackle my 1970's kitchen, but I don't know where to start.

Alison Gibbs said...

Great fabric Cindy at a bargain price.
Alison

nana said...

Sorry about all those comments!! My computer is doing weird things!

Joanne Kennedy said...

Boring us! Are you crazy! I ALWAYS look forward to your posts.

I think the material you got for the chairs are great! Plus what a great price.

Now I just have one question for you. Where oh where do you get the energy and time to do all that work all the time? I am just blown away at all the projects you get done. Plus you work too!

Do you ever sleep?

Hugs
Joanne

Shelia said...

Wow, Cindy, you have 59 comments! See, we love watching you transform your findings. I love the fabric you've chosen for your chair seats. HGTV needs to come back now and film this episode of "Chairs and Table by Cindy". lol
Shelia ;)

Angela said...

I'm so proud of you for the awsome job you have done on this--and so fast too!! I loove the fabric & the fact that you got such a great deal on it makes it even better. YAY!!!!

CONNIE said...

You're such a great inspiration, Cindy! I check your blog daily while @ work. In fact, you're one of the reasons why I created my own blog. Pls, check it out. Looking forward to your HGTV show.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

like your fabric, it's not too busy. Your eye is not used to it.

Heidi said...

Hi Cindy, The floral is amazing!!! I too am a fan of Rachel Ashwell's fabrics, but those prices are simply crazy!! The fabric you picked would make Rachel very happy!....Heidi :)

Adrienne said...

Oh, that floral fabric is perfect! When I saw it I said "OH" right out loud to my computer. What you share with us is never boring. Keep it coming. We love it. ~Adrienne~

An Enchanted Cottage said...

Hi Cindy - you've been tagged on my blog!...Donna

pedalpower said...

Beautiful fabric! And your chairs are looking good...can't wait to see them all finished.

Mademoiselle Rose said...

It's not boring at all and I know what you mean...I've got couches on my mind so I keep blogging them! LOL!!

Warmest regards
Vickie...

Janel M. said...

WOW! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that fabric and I think it goes perfectly with your dining room!

Excellent.

I'm an RSS reader who doesn't comment much, but I have so loved watching your dining room and all come together.

Love the mirror collection too! :)

Idaho Quilter said...

Look at all those comments! No, we are not tired of your dinning room,
you are an inpiration. Don't you you just love a bargain that looks expensive.

Lisa said...

I personally think the fabric you chose is even more fab than the one you wanted. Kind of a more "lived in look". This is going to be a killer set when you are finished for sure.

Shabby Vintage dreams said...

STUNNING STUNNING!!! Cindy you must be so thrilled with how they have turned out!! Big pat on the back youve done an awesome job!!
Mandii

Suzie said...

I love the fabric! My mom turned me on to your blog, and I can't believe what you have done with a basic apartment! Way to go!
Suzanne

Elizabeth G. said...

You're not boring me. I love your apartment! It's so pretty. I'm interested in seeing how you paint your chairs. I like the floral fabric.

Boy, do you have a great eye for details!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

So pretty, Cindy! That was a great find & I love getting good deals on fabric too. That whole dining set really looks great now.

Rhoda

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Your dining room is looking fantastic! What a great buy on the fabric for the dining room chairs! And you did a beautiful job recovering them too! Can't wait to see the little ruffle part too. Can you do step by step instructions? LOL! That's not asking too much is it?! LOL!
Barbara

Diane said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! I love how it all came together, you have so inspired me, I purchased 2 old chairs at goodwill for $3 a piece, I have taken a before picture and when I get them covered and painted I am going to post both photo's, I am covering them I think with an old tablecloth for the cushions, I LOVE working with old linens....thanks for the inspiration you always keep putting out there for all of us!! Diane at www.nelliesnest.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I'm loving the chairs! The fabric reminds me just a little of the pillow you like from Pierre Dieux. (spelling?) Anyway, looking good!

Debbie on SI said...

Your dining room chairs look wonderful! It is amazing how you can completely change the look of furniture with paint and fabric - love watching the transformation!

Crossroads Cottage said...

I love the floral fabric. Not too busy at all. And can't wait to see the chair covers when you finish them. I've always wanted to do something similar but as I'm not the greatest at sewing, I always put off those projects.

Ashley said...

i'm the 81st comment and i looooooooove it! love it! LOVE IT! yay for 81 comments... blessings!

The Style Sisters said...

I love the chairs with the ruffle on them. I found some chairs like the ones in the photo at a thrift store that were pink! For $4.00 each!! I then painted them black added new fabric to the seats and then for a change of pace I made little white skirts for them and loved them. Then I sold them because I was moving and wanted something new...that was a mistake. I loved them. You can see them on my website. www.theystylesisters.net under trash to treasure at the bottom of the page.

Love your blog!
Karin

Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

love the fabric!
fabulous deal! and I love the slipcover idea as well.
smiles,
Sandy

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Love these chairs! You scored a great deal!

Missy said...

I have the same fabric on my living room sofa, purchases new from Haverty's 4-5 years ago, only it is a buttercream background with the same beautiful roses in a burgandy red. I love the blue and white.