As I’ve mentioned once or twice, I’ve been decorating our house recently and I’ve tried, as I’ve done each room, to finish all the little touches that have been on my to-do list for ages. One of these was to recover the conservatory chairs.
I was given these chairs about fourteen years ago, they’re too comfortable to change but they were in need of a make-over. This is about the third or fourth time I’ve recovered them, I used the old cushions as the pattern, laying it on and cutting round.
Isn’t the fabric gorgeous! We have a very nice curtain shop in Otley, they have fabulous window displays and sell beautiful fabrics, but they are well out of my price range. However I have found their sales are very good. They sell remnants, roll ends and display lengths very reasonably. This is a 3m length of Voyager fabric which had been in a window display, there isn’t any obvious sun damage and I just love the colours. There was actually about three or four lengths in this range and I could have quite happily bought them all! It usually sells at £30/m, I bought the 3m length for £30. It was an impulse buy and my original plan was to make some curtains for the little windows in my sewing room…only my windows weren’t quite so small as I imagined them!!
Having painted our conservatory a lovely shade of blue, I realised the Voyager fabric went beautifully. I had just enough…and I mean ‘just’, I nearly had to use short lengths to make up the gusset.
I’ve never put zips in these cushions, if I want to wash them it’s quick enough to undo the hand-stitched opening and then slip-stitch closed again afterwards. They went together really easily and fairly quickly.
I just love the colours in these cushions, I just want to paint the cane now as it is looking somewhat shabby, I’ve bought a tin of soft grey chalk paint but I think I need one of those stiff stubby stencil brushes, if anyone has done this any tips would be gratefully received!
The conservatory is almost finished now, I think my next job here is to reupholster a footstool. I’ve started putting my pictures back on the wall, which when you’ve got as many as I have, is a major undertaking! I like what I call a ‘gallery wall’. I’ve started a mini arrangement in the conservatory which I’m really pleased with.
I started doing ‘gallery walls’ when the children were little. I bought a load of picture frames from charity shops and when they proudly brought their artwork home from school, their favourite ones could be framed and go on the wall. I covered the wall going up the stairs with their pictures. It really needs updating now as they are 20 and 22, not so keen on their childhood paintings being on display!
In the hall we have a long straight wall so I’ve hung all my embroideries there. It takes me ages to hang them as I like everything to be lined up with at least one other picture, I plan the layout on the floor and then it’s a tape measure and pencil job!
The last picture gallery to rehang this month was in the dining room, which I’ve painted a light, soft shade of grey, I love it, it’s such a calm colour. We have all the family photos on display here. I decided to co-ordinate the frames a bit and bought black, white and grey frames. I’ve up-dated some of the photos too. The only frame I haven’t changed yet is our big wedding one. I’m really pleased with the effect.