Monday, April 09, 2007

FABRIC!

I can slipcover just about anything. It's one of my gifts - I discovered this in college, and it's the same basic skill that allows me to pack a car to within an inch of it's life, and tell whether a specific box will easily slide into a seemingly too narrow opening.

I am a spacial goddess. If I were a super-heroine, this would be my skill.

So today I was in hog heaven at SR Harris Fabrics up in Brooklyn Park, rooting through forests of fabrics, lining up patterns, rejecting mis-matches, trying new colors - what FUN!

It was as much fun as shopping for fabric in the basement of one of my favorite NY upholstery digs, but with MORE ROOM TO SPREAD OUT! Woo.


And I had a coupon.


I'm not usually a big coupon user - I find them annoying, a little tricky and I end up buying things I don't really need. So I avoid them, to be honest. But there were some online coupons I downloaded for SR Harris, and ALL of my fabric ended up being $6.68/yd.

And it is some Nii-iice stuff.


Once I came home and spread out my purchases, I realized that the colors are all beautifully represented in our living room rug, and life is good.
Tomorrow I start the slipcover parade. My idea is to mix and match the fabrics so that each piece in the living room has a blend of patterns.

But that may be insane, so I may just end up covering each piece in its' own specific fabric and use throw pillows to bring all of it together.
Eh - we'll see how breakfast agrees with me...

... and where will I have my breakfast? Why, on my BRAND NEW DINING ROOM TABLE!

Okay, not new, not at all. It's a craig's list purchase - sanctioned by Gerry - and it is inexpensive and scratched enough that if I decide to go through with my insane (more insanity?) plot to cover a table with copper, this would be a good one to practice on.

In the mean time I think I'll sand the top and paint it so we have something a little nicer to look at...


Gigi obviously likes it. And she likes the fabric, too... And, why look behind her - it's the lovely mission file cabinet I put together yesterday!

6 Comments:

Anonymous said...

What is the wood in your new dining table? If it is oak and you sand and paint it, you may never be able to get all the paint back out of the pores of the table when you want to do something else with it. If it were my table, I might just whip out a few nuts and break them and rub them on the scratches. Or I'd get out the Old English Scratch Remover polish. But I'd think long and hard before I painted it -- if it's oak.

April 09, 2007 11:43 PM  
Heather said...

I, too, have mad spacial skills. We call it "Tetris-ing". I also have a sofa in desperate need of slipcovering, but I'm terrified of it. Any tips or pointers?

April 10, 2007 7:59 AM  
Joanne said...

You caused a belly laugh this morning! Not just me, but my husband too--we are in deep admiration of your spacial skills...my husband's going to be Pastrami man when we all turn into superheroes. Able to eat enormous quantities of Katz's in a single gulp!

April 10, 2007 8:46 AM  
Jena the yarn harpy said...

Once I came home and spread out my purchases, I realized that the colors are all beautifully represented in our living room rug, and life is good.

That's part of your gift. That's why we all adore your patterns and your photography that you share here... you've got the art of design and color in your DNA! :)

My fiancee has the same spatial talent. I let him pack whenever we travel because he truly can fit 10 pounds of $#!+ into a 5 pound bag... or the back of a Subaru hatchback. :)

April 10, 2007 9:42 AM  
Guinifer said...

Annie - I had to laugh - SR Harris Owner, Scott Harris, was a groomsman in my little sis' wedding. We went to high school together. Anyway - if you'd told him you'd give him a mention on your blog? He totally would have given you an extra discount! He's a super nice guy who's going through some home demolition of his own right now!

April 10, 2007 11:56 AM  
Anonymous said...

Think long and hard about putting copper on your table. I have copper countertops in my kitchen. Copper is a living thing and hates being bright and shiny. Whenever you wipe it, there's green patina coming up. It eventually wins and then there is all that work, polishing and making it shiny again. But, it IS beautiful Can you tell I have an ongoing love/hate relationship in my kitchen?

April 11, 2007 3:19 PM  

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