Thursday, October 10, 2013

Happy Accidents

We are having a dinner party on Sunday night and I was at Cost Plus World Market this morning looking for some items for the party.


In the kitchen section, I came across this  towel with a French grain sack look and knew immediately where I could use it.


There will be 6 of us for dinner on Sunday, but with my chairs and window seat there is only seating for 5.


This chair will be drafted for duty on Sunday night and I do not like the yellow polka dot seat cushion.

Before I blogged or had ever heard of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I found the chair seatless on the side of the street.


I don't even know what type of red paint I used and the seat cover was just some yellow polka dot - yes, it is that bright - that was left over from a quilt project.


I removed the seat cover and did a little sanding - oh how I wish I had used ASCP!


I stapled the fabric to the existing chair seat on 3 sides.


Once the fabric was in place I stuffed the seat cushion with batting I had on hand and finished stapling.

Steve was out on a run and I tried to screw the seat cushion back onto the chair, but I didn't have the strength so I had to wait for him.


For $3.99 (+ tax) and 30 minutes of my time, I have a totally different look that I really like.


I tried the chair in several places and with different items on the seat.


I would like for the chair to be sitting in the entryway right now, but Lulu's crate takes precedence.


The found chair with great legs and scalloped edges is sitting in a corner of the guest room ( a total disaster at present) waiting to be used on Sunday night.


It was total serendipity that I happened to notice the towel at Cost Plus and that I had the time to redo the seat cover.

I just love happy accidents.

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53 comments:

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

This is creativity at its finest. The new look of your chair is fabulous!!

Phyllis @Around the House said...

I love how your chair turned out, it looks just so sweet and it was so smart of you to connect the two and put them together...Love the chair anyway, thanks for sharing...Phyllis

cynthia lee designs said...

Love, love, love...your chair!! It turned out great!!
hugs,
Cindy

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So pretty!!!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I love the new look of the chair - these are the best kinds of "accidents".

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

G E N I U S are YOU! Carol! You simply are WONDERFUL! What a remarkable idea. I think we all have our gifts and this is how they are manifested. You see a certain object and you are either struck with the perfect idea on how you can transform it (the towel as a upholstery material) or to look at leaves falling from the sky as gold. Whatever we see and want to transform, it fulfills a need to create. BRAVO! And thank you so much for always coming by. Much love and have a great party! Anita

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I love the new look of your chair, Carol! The towels would make great pillows, too. Enjoy your party!

Debbie Lynne Malison said...

I love when things pop up like this so unexpected! Makes it sort of like a present!!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

You did a great job ; it looks awesome! :)

Piera said...

fantastico!!

Lynda Bergman Decorative Artisan said...

Was "meant to be". So cute, now.!

Ricki Treleaven said...

I love the little red chair, and how smart are you to have thought of the towel for the chair....brilliant idea! I usually get so overwhelmed in World Market that I forget what I came for to start with!

Very cute chair!!! LOVE the red.

xo,
RJ

Dawn said...

Love it's new look. It is perfect.

Mary Soulios said...

What a great idea. I love how your chair turned out. Enjoy your dinner and I did reply with an appetizer idea.

Mary Clark said...

That towel was made for that chair - a match made in heaven!

Mary

Kathy said...

I love when one of those light-bulb moments happens and you know just what you need to do. Perfect!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

that is so cute!
Happy accident for sure! It looks great ...I saw some similar to these at the Mennonite bakery!
I was thinking they'd make cute curtains... but this is adorable for an odd/extra chair.
Pat

Paula said...

Lovely! Great job, Carol!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

It turned out great! I have that same towel!

20 North Ora said...

Great redo and so inexpensive!

Judy

Stacey said...

What a great idea! That turned out fantastic.

fiona anderson said...

I love the new distressed look of the chair and the towel fabric works perfectly.

Poppy said...

My heart has skipped a few million beats...your GORGEOUS red chair with the fabulous new French farmhouse-y fabric almost caused ME to have an accident at the stunning sight of its reveal!!

Thanks for your sweet comments earlier, very much appreciated!

xo
Poppy

greenthumb said...

Looks great you did a good job.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love that towel and it looks wonderful as a new chair seat!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

What a great idea--that looks fantastic!

My Garden Diaries said...

Now that happy accident rocks the house!!! I had no idea where you were going with the awesome towel and to see it on that chair....amazing!!!!!! It is such a beauty!!!! Have a lovely dinner friend!!!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

what a great chair you ended up with. Happy accident for sure

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Carol, your chair is stunning. I love how you covered the chair with a tea towel - looks terrific! Have a wonderful dinner party with friends.
Mary

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love it!!! What a great idea! Ikea here in Orlando has towels like that and I am going to pick some up to save for little jobs just like this!!!

Carol

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a pretty happy accident it is. I would have bought that towel and probably a few more to go along with it for another project. Love the red chair and its new look.

Betty W said...

It looks like it was made for the chair. I love the color you painted it.

lynn said...

the chair has such great curves and now a sweet seat--love your happy accident, carol:) happy weekend!

Sandy said...

Carol, I want to come to your party and sit in THAT chair! Love it! Isn't it great when everything comes together so perfectly? And to think you found that chair on the side of the road. The tea towel was the perfect find.

Chatty Crone said...

That was a beautiful change - not only that - but how in the world did you ever have the vision to do something like that????

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

What an amazing result for thirty minutes of your time. I wish all my half hours were as productive as yours!

Melanie said...

What a fantastic idea to use a dish towel (and I love that one) as a seat cover! I love your creativity in thinking outside the box.

Diane said...

Wonderful idea - I would have never thought the towel would have been large enough to cover a seat cushion! Hope everything goes well this evening!!

JP said...

Wow...lucky you to have found that beautiful towel! And it was the perfect thing to use to transform your chair...it is perfect, now! It reminds me of my grainsack painted bench that I did a few weeks back. Enjoy it!

Dewena Callis said...

That is pretty! As if it were meant to be!

camp and cottage living said...

Serendipity indeed!
I love it when an unexpected surprise comes our way.
The towel seat cover works perfect with your red chair.

Cathy said...

Carol, I am in love with this little chair - the towel was truly perfect.... I love it when a "plan" comes together, lol... have a great week... Cathy

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Serendipity is a great feeling isn't it? Love the red chair and it's new found cover. I know your party will fabulous! xo

My Little Home and Garden said...

That was a fortunate find and I like how you have an idea and act on it right away. Have a wonderful Sunday evening.

-Karen

must love junk said...

Brilliant! Your chair looks like a million bucks-love it!!
Susan

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol, Oh I just love it and the way it turned out. I also found one of these towels at World Market in the blue. I have not done anything with it yet. Love your idea for a seat cover. First I was thinking of making the blue stripe black with my paints.
Love how you display it too. Serendipity is wonderful. I bet you are having a wonderful time hosting your party.

Thank you for stopping by. Hugs, Celestina Marie

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Cute chair and it does have lovely lines! That's a great idea to use the towel as a seat cover.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love the chair and the new seat with the towel!

Terra said...

You are very creative to see the towel and think of it as the new chair seat cover. It turned out great.

Sandy said...

Hi Carol, Thanks for popping by and leaving a comment about taking time for ourselves and finding balance with blogging. Dropped by to see how your dinner party went. I bet your guests loved what you did with your chair.

Lady Lilith BloodCrave said...

The before and after of you chair is so wonderful. It is amazing what a little bit of creativity and TLC can do.

Down by the sea said...

That looks great, they go so well together!
Sarah x

Sarah said...

Serendipity ~ one of my favorite words! Love the look of the new seat on that wonderful red chair. ~ Sarah