Sunday’s project – Recover the dining chairs

Sunday's project - Recover the dining chairs

Fun red print fabric with apple trees.

I love the variety of the print design there are lots of little details to spot – fallen apples and birds nesting in the trees.

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Roman Blind

After reading instructions for creating a roman blind I was losing hope that I could make one successfully for our large windows.  At 2 metres 36 cm wide it seemed simply too large and I read lots of warnings that said a blind over 6ft would simply be too heavy to be supported.  Searching again I found Craft Interrupted’s post using mini-blinds (vinyl) and I thought the mechanism is all designed to support the weight of the blind it’s got to be worth a try!

The post is very clear with many step by step photographs so, with the tablet perched on my sewing table, I began.  Preparing the fabric was easy and the hint to use posterboard or thick paper in the side seams worked a treat.  Next you need dismantle the blind which I did happily.  Then several slats (in this case 4) are marked out, rethreaded and glued into position on the fabric.  Finally the bottom bar is reattached and fabric glued to the top mechanism.

With fingers crossed we screwed the blind back in place and glued the fabric to top bar and it works!  It adds a lovely soft light to the room and fits the window perfectly.

 

Fabric Friday

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The fabric for the blind has arrived! A lovely, simple geometric pattern from the 2wenty Thr3e range. But as you can see my sewing machine is already in use finishing a little summer dress. Hopefully I’ll finish it today and post the results later. This is the third dress sewn this summer and I finally feel I’m getting the hanging of the sewing machine. Roman blinds though… I’m a little nervous to be starting them.

My mum and Granny came over yesterday to see how the decorating was going and it lovely to be able to sit down in the dining room with the painting all complete.

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New Dining Table

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Well  I have to admit I wasn’t sure about buying and selling on Gumtree but the ease of getting this table has changed my mind.

Within a week of buying this lovely teak table our old table has been sold and collected.

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The dining room is still a mix match but it will be next on the list to do when I get to the summer holidays!

To do list so far:

  • Strip the dreaded woodchip
  • Fill and sand any holes
  • Paint the walls to match the living room
  • Sort out the archway hopefully taking away the curved edges
  • Re-cover the dining room chairs
  • Add a blind
  • Find some storage solution for all those books!