Monday, March 17, 2008

Chair decisions....

Hope everyone is having a great St Patrick's Day! I am wearing green going to make some Irish bread!

I am in need of an opinion and my friend who was going to come over and help had to go pick her sick child up at school...guess I can forgive her. So I turn to you....

I bought the chair above at auction a few months ago...actually there are two of them. I thought it would be good practice restoring and recovering. In the end the chairs are in much better shape than I thought they would be (they were only 10 pounds for the pair so I didn't expect much!) I was surprised when I got them home just what good condition they are in....a bit of polish on the wood and new covers are all they need. It looks like someone did the springs and muslin covers fairly recently. The material used for the chair cover was a bit light for upholstery use which is why they got so ragged so quickly.

So they have sat in my sewing room with potential fabric choices sitting on top of them. I need to make a decision....help....

First, I don't want to buy any fabric...I also have a decorator and upholstery stash in addition to my quilting stash! Most of it is left-overs from other projects or picked up as a remnant on one of my many trips to the decorator stores around Georgia and North Carolina. Second, it doesn't have to "match" anything. These chairs already don't match anything in my house! They will most likely sit in my very eclectic (nice word for packed and messy) sewing room and be covered in material or a cat and only be brought out when we need extra seating.

So number one is the "shabby chic" faded roses. (at one point this was going to be curtains then my DH nixed it...no flowers on curtains!) Number two is "blue polka dot." Number three is the "suiting patchwork" (I made a great tote bag out of this.) Four is the green silk. Five is the Grape silk. (both of the silks are decorator weight that I got as remnants thinking I would make some crazy quilt patches and reupholster with them...not happening in this lifetime.)


I also tried paisley and some buffalo checks but they were all too large. Taking a photo did help as did pinning the fabric in place. There are some more choices in the garage but I am too tired to get them so I am limiting myself to these! What do you think?

Thanks for all of your nice comments on my posts during National MS Awareness week. Now it is nice to get back to quilting....

24 comments:

Jeanne said...

I like the blue polka dot!

Hedgehog said...

I like the blue polka dot, too!

Marilyn R said...

I'm going to be different - I like the shabby chic" faded roses the best!

Knitted Gems said...

Process of elimination: I say no to 4 and 5. #2 is a nice contrast against the dark wood, but I think it's too much of a contrast. So, I vote for #1 or #3 with #3 being my absolute favorite!

Karol-Ann said...

I like the roses. Initially I liked the polka dot, but when I clicked on the photo I noticed it was quite bright, so the roses for me. Also if you can't have rose curtains who says you can't have rose chairs??

Mad about Craft said...

It's the roses for me too.

Catherine said...

I love the faded roses!

Diannia said...

My vote is faded roses or green silk.

Gypsy Quilter said...

Definitely the rose print!

Karen said...

"suiting patchwork" reminds me of my grandfather! I have to share this with my family. They'll love it! And to think...I was going to bed.

New Sit Spot Love, *karendianne.

quiltmom said...

Hi Sioban,
I like the faded roses or the blue polka dot fabric for the chairs.
It is amazing what a difference the different fabrics make to the seat of the chair....
Regards,
Anna

Pam said...

Alright, I vote for the grape one. It is purple for me. Love the purple (I mean grape!)

anne bebbington said...

Either the blue polka dot or the grape silk for me :o)

carrie said...

1, 2 or 5 for me

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

purple, purple, purple. but since they're going to be yours for YOUR room and you can do whatever you want my second choice would be the faded roses.

singingfeather said...

Purple looks best. Blue next.

Elaine Adair said...

I see a large chest behind the chair, which looks to be kinda antique-y. If you have antiques, I like the first one - faded roses. The bright blue and purple are pretty but the chair has a lovely word charm about it, so Faded Roses is my choice! Next is the green silk. If you like "perky", then blue dots! LOL what fun.

Sherry said...

I like the green silk. . . .even though purple is my favorite color.

The faded roses don't seem to "stand up" against the dark wood.

Have fun!

Sherry

nan said...

Blue polka dot -- the others seem a bit drab.
They are gorgeous chairs!

LindaL said...

I like the "shabby chic" faded roses. They just seem right for the chairs.

Linda

Andrea said...

I haven't looked at anyone else's choices as I don't want to be influenced but for me it would have to be the blue spotty. I just spent yesterday re-covering 6 chair seats for a friend. Glad it's done.

cher said...

my first thought, if they are going to live in your quilting room-the patchwork fabric seems the most likely fit-however, I am a grape/purple fan...so that would also be a favorite pick of mine-from all the comments- do you think you received much help?? LOL...looking forward to seeing what you end up deciding - I am sure it will look great!

julieQ said...

Love the blue the best, although all the choices are so nice, you won't go wrong...

Studio Christine said...

HAS to be purple!!

...then they would match my hair!!


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