Before and After

Well, as promised.

You will notice the chew marks on the chair cushions. They are ikea poang chairs, and while they are the most comfortable things in the world to sit in, the selection of cushions at Ikea is less than stellar. The desperately needed replacing and the only ones I could replace them with were either white cotton (see problems below), black cotton (which shows ever bit of fur, I assure you) or leather (which was going to cost $400, and let’s face it, you can buy a new chair for less than that)


The chairs had dog drool spots spilled coffee stains and something had to be done because there really is only so much bleach can do. The coffee table is fine, but it doesn’t really match the rest of the furniture. We are stuck with it, firstly because it is excellent wool storage and secondly because it’s an odd space and it was the only thing we could find to fit.

Now, really there was nothing wrong with these curtains. They are fine, well, except for the bottom seam, which needs to be redone, but I bought, erm, a bit of extra fabric. . . . The fabric was really on sale. Did I mention that? I did mention it was 70% off. . .

Also, I feel obliged to tell you, the green in the room is a nice sort of spring-y green and not the vile pea soup concoction you are seeing on the monitor. It’s less yellow and more green, really.

The cat accessory is extra (and also phenomenally expensive.) The new covers are washable and seem to do a nice job of repelling fur. As an additional bonus, they aren’t white.

And finally, curtains and a cover over the window. That looks a bit more finished. Also, the green looks a bit more true to life on the walls.

I impressed even myself. I remembered how to sew in a zipper and press and account forĀ  seam allowances. While it doesn’t look like much, the cover for the coffee table was quite the most complicated thing I have ever done. I had no pattern and only measurements and very few straight edges on the fabric to work with and most of the edges line up beautifully and the seams are pretty straight and I smile every time I see it.

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7 Responses to Before and After

  1. Mr Spit says:

    How nice of Toby to pose for you like that.

    As I said before, it’s nicely done!

  2. HereWeGoAJen says:

    Oh, it all looks lovely! Great job!

  3. Kristin says:

    It looks fabulous!

  4. a says:

    So pretty! I wish I knew how to sew!

  5. Needles says:

    Oh wow. That turned out beautifully!

  6. Dana says:

    Wow, I’m so impressed. I’m a big knitter but I never mastered sewing (well, I didn’t try all that hard). The cushions, table cover and drapes are great! I love the fabric pattern too.

  7. Aunt Deb says:

    Wow….that looks really great! You have a talent for this. I couldn’t sew a straight seam to save my life. Nice job!

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