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Saturday, July 18, 2009

More Slipcovers

I haven't touched a paintbrush in over a week, now, but have kept busy being 'creative' in the house. We've had a blue couch and chair in the diningroom, that we got secondhand from some friends, and last week I decided I would slipcover them, since I'm not a huge fan of that particular shade of blue. I went to WalMart and bought painter's canvas drop cloths, came home, washed and dried them, and set to work. This is what I ended up with:

I love how they look, and now it's on to painting the diningroom! I love doing these slipcovers, and as I've mentioned before, I want to try making some funky slipcovers (multiple fabrics) at some point. The nice thing about using the painter's drop cloths is two-fold: first, the fabric is cheap at 12 square yards for $18, second, it's almost indestructible, given that it's heavy canvas. I'm also experimenting with dying the canvas. In the picture below, I've dyed a swatch of it with a tea bath. It gives it a much warmer color. I'm also thinking of trying actual dyes and using a dull red or even a dark chocolate brown.

4 comments:

martha said...

you could always use acrylics and paint on the slip covers. You did a beautiful job!

Lynn said...

Funny... I was thinking of you painting them too...but would that wear well? I do love the dyed tea bath color and bet what ever you choose will look wonderful. Want to come be my home interior decorator. I desperately need one.
Is that a Viking machine I see?

kikipotamus said...

OMG, I've wanted to sew up some slip covers for my chairs and sofa FOREVER, but even though I can sew, I've felt completely intimidated by the idea. And here you just whipped some up??? Gah!

Rosie said...

You are so inventive - what great slipcovers! I really like the tea bath sample... that'd work well here as we do drink a lot of tea!! =)