I know they do it on purpose, because it is hard to miss, but do all of the clearance sale signs have to be in bright yellow? It’s like a ray of sunshine, calling me to come and play. That is what Hancock Fabric has been taunting me with, and I finally decided to see what all the banners were about. They did not disappoint.
I know I have touched on the subject before, of finding that one magical piece of the design puzzle that makes your heart skip a beat. I found two! I was sifting through the clearance table of upholstery fabrics and found both of these beauties:
I knew immediately that I loved them, though at the time I wasn’t sure for what purpose. I just had to have them, and at $7.00 a yard I would take what they had left. Imagine my surprise when I got to the register and found out it was an additional half of that! At that point I didn’t care if they sat in a closet for a year (shame on me for thinking that) because I was getting such a bargain.
After a quick internal design discussion, I decided that the faded blue floral would look great on our dining room chairs (craigslist find) and that helped my with my hutch dilemma in choosing a gray paint. I am attempting to teach myself how to take better photos, so these will have to do for now. When I first picked up the fabric I thought I was looking at the back, because it looked slightly faded. But after turning it over I realized that the great aged, worn look was the right side. It almost has a linen like texture, and you can see the thread lines and the non-uniformity as the pattern fades in and out.
The chairs are a bit run down, but have a great shape, so those may get a coat of gray too. These chairs are much taller than most (like me) and are currently sporting a green velvet seat. You see that one cane back is damaged, but after paying only $40 for 4 side chairs and 2 armed-captains chairs I’ll make it work.
I’ll have to dissect the piece to see if it can be repaired, or perhaps a new look with an upholstered back also…what do you think? I’m torn because the caning is really starting to grow on me. I have been looking at some antique French chairs for inspiration.
images found at: Alhambra Antiques
Insert Dreamy Sighs…..Looks like I’ve got my work cut out for me.