One Room Challenge – Not Sew Easy

Written by on 13th February 2013 in Blog POSTS with 23 Comments

Hi Peeps thanks for coming back to check out my ORC project! I’m working on a girl glam apartment…

This week the dining room is done, and I’m moving on to some other DIY projects in the living room. Here’s how it looked Saturday morning after I styled it a little…cute right!!!

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When the quote to slipcover these 4 simple IKEA chairs came back at $800 my client and I had a discussion to look at other options.  Truth is that with a small budget there weren’t many, and I sooo badly wanted to update the floral pattern chairs.  So, in a moment of pure insanity, ……no, bravado …, unfounded confidence…I was heard to say “Oh yeah, they look simple. I can sew them..” Ugh  So the last couple weeks I’ve been sewing, and seam ripping and drinking and crying. OK, not crying…but LOTS of procrastinating and complaining to my dear husband. So the take away here folks is that I’m Not Gonna Do It Again.

Not Sew Easy After all! This challenge should be called IRC “I R Crazy” Cuz I get way too jacked up with excitement for these projects.

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There were some bright spots though…We got the Rug from IKEA (yay!). And swapped out the old Light for a new one…much better.


I did a little thrift store shopping for accessories and my client bought a bench on Used Victoria (our local version of Craigslist) She’s awesome!  I’ll be re-covering it for next weeks update…I know what you’re thinking…but it’s not the same as sewing slipcovers…I’m OK with it…really I am.

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Oh, and of course I should show you a proper before pic…

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Check out the other ORC senoritas and see what they’ve got cook’in this week! This is SO much fun!

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  1. Julia Ryan says:

    Well it certainly was worth all your efforts because those new slipcovers transform the space! I just love this plan!

  2. Chairs are looking great!!! Love that fabric!

  3. Lisa says:

    The chairs came out great!!! And I love that black & white rug! I’m glad to hear that the slipcovers weren’t that easy though, because I have the Henriksdal armchairs and imagine that if I learned to sew I could bang out all sorts of slipcovers. Um…maybe I’ll skip that idea!

  4. A great job – worth the effort!

  5. Nicole, kudos to you!! That fabric took the dining room from sweet to chic! Great work!

  6. It may have been painful, but they look great! Love that fabric and it makes those chairs sing!

  7. Samantha says:

    Absolutely LOVE the new fabric!!! Such a chic choice and the pattern is so fun.

  8. Jennifer says:

    I’m so impressed that you did the chairs! They look beautiful. I could NEVER have done that. Great job!

  9. I hear ya sista! It’s sooo hard to pull back when you can totally see the vision – all things seem doable in that moment of wanting the end result so badly because you just know how awesome it will be! …the slipcovers are gorgeous and worth every sip ;-)

  10. LindsB says:

    The chairs look great! All the hard work will pay off and the chairs will be the best part of the room when you are finished!

  11. StagerLinda says:

    I’m so impressed with your chairs! Wow! how inspiring that you stuck with after realizing what a chore is was a upholstering one. The fabric is fabulous.

  12. Agree with all the fabric loving comments – this is real transformation already!

  13. Carrie says:

    You crack me up! I think it was all worth it–the chairs look gorgeous!

  14. I love how amped you get with this stuff…me too!! We are soul sisters. You rocked those chairs. Are you going to do anything with the back of that bookcase? Not that you need another project…just curious? What a lucky client you have. I’m drinking now…because it’s after 6! Can’t wait till next week.

  15. sherry hart says:

    I would have blurted that out at one time also….but now that I am old I am not volunteering for anything :) You are a real trooper….I respect that. AND…it is going to look so good when finished!

  16. Wow, all of that sewing hassle was so worth it! Those chairs have taken on a new modern life with that fabric. Great job! I look forward to following this transformation.

  17. Kim says:

    Well, you may never do it again, but what you did here was perfection!! Your client must LOVE you!! The transformation was worth all the effort!! xo

  18. Dude, you are crazy but the result is fantastic. I hope you charged for your time!! Those chairs look a million times more chic.

  19. Despite the tears and drinking, they looks great! I always fall into the same trap – I think, I can do something like sew a slipcover (which I can) but end up cursing myself the whole time I am sewing. The room looks fabulous! And you got the rug – yay!

  20. René says:

    The slip covers look great – loving that fun ikat!

  21. Jenn says:

    I ADORE the new fabric on the chairs. Even before I read the description of how they got recovered (you are *amazing*!) I thought they were great. This place is looking really cute!

  22. Kelly says:

    It looks so happy and fresh!! Can’t wait to see what else you have in store…

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