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Upholstery Snafu

While painting the back of our new built ins a very dark navy (almost black) I got lazy.  Instead of taking the time to go out & get the ladder, I grabbed the nearest object I could find to stand on... one of our light blue, linen dining chairs.  No problem right?!?  Not until I spilled a drop of paint right down the center of the inside back of the chair.  Yep.  I gasped too... I didn't know whether to cry, curse, freak.  I tried washing it out {insert universe laughing at me here} to no avail.  Our chair no longer looked like this...

I knew I had to reupholster the back of the chair & I knew there was no way I would find that linen again.  I took this as my opportunity to incorporate some pattern into our new Dining Room/Study.  I went down to Lewis & Sheron & grabbed a yard of a brand new bolt of fabric, that hadn't even been hung up yet.  So new, they don't even have the colorway on their website.  Here is the pattern in a yummy citron yellow... ours is aqua.

Akiran via Lewis & Sheron

It is a geometric, heavy weight chenille.  Something that will definitely hold up on the inside of the chair.  The best part was the aqua blue color they had in store blended perfectly with our existing linen seat & outside back.

I came home & pulled out all of the nailheads (on our four side chairs) surrounding the inside back.  Cut my fabric to size & simply stapled the new fabric into place.  Two hours later... after attaching the fabric & adding the nailheads back, we had some brand new chairs.

I think the hubs said they were "Snappy!" Since the dreaded dribble happened on one of the four side chairs I only reupholstered those.  I thought leaving the two arm chairs with the existing linen gave a nice contrast & broke up the set.

While this was not a project we had planned on, I think it just added a great new layer into our room.  

Happy Monday!


BTW... Our DIY LIve Edge Table is part of Shaw Flooring & HGTV Home's 30 Days 30 Bloggers Contest.  If I receive the most votes I can win some killer new flooring.  I would sure appreciate any assistance with this.  The dining room could sure use a new rug (hint hint).

It couldn't be easier.  Simply follow this link { here }& hit VOTE.  You can vote once daily throughout the entire month.

You can also win!!  Shaw Floors is having a Floor a Day Giveaway everyday this month.  So head on over to Shaw Floors to enter!

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  1. I would have definitely cursed if this happened to me but they do say things happen for a reason and I love the dimensional aspect of the new fabric, the sheen of the chenille, the great color and pattern. I'd say super-snappy and along with new bookcases you have new chairs. Doubly nice.

    Robin @

  2. Ugh...I so would do the exact thing while painting! Love your bowl of lemons, as in 'making lemonade out of lemons!" Great fix! Off to vote, good luck!

  3. This would be something I would do...I'm known for doing the easiest thing to finish something up, even when I know I shouldn't. but I absolutely love the pattern, and I agree...I think it breaks it up a bit. A fantastic accident! Love 'em :) Happy Monday!


  4. I think you secretly dribbled the paint on purpose so you could add some snazzy new fabric! :) Just kidding, but you definitely turned your mistake into a masterpiece! Love the new fabric, and heading over to vote now!

  5. Sometimes accidents happen for a reason! Looks really good :)

  6. New follower, but liked your post so much today (it sounded like something I would do!) that I voted for your new rug. good luck sister - hope you win it.

  7. gorgeous! I would have procrastinated over that snafu for weeks! Voted for you!
    Joanne @ Homestyling101

  8. Ah!! Well you certainly turned it into a good thing- I applaud your attitude!

  9. Congratulations! Hope you win! :) {The chair looks great.}

  10. Hi! I am a huge fan of all your projects. Of course I voted for you. The Live Edge Table was one of my favourites and I'm wishing I will make it some day, too.Good Luck

  11. Love your blog!
    Next time you drip paint on fabric, try removing it with a magic eraser. If it's on carpeting, I've used peroxide and water, and contrary to belief, it will not bleach out the fibers. Sometimes plain old dish soap and a steamer takes it up beautifully, like it never happened.


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