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If you've got a weekend, a few willing friends, and a bit of gumption, you can transform two rooms. But keep moving -- the clock is ticking.
Now, a rich terra-cotta hue drenches the walls and slipper chairs with warmth, while a dose of white accessories and furnishings keeps the space fresh.
Without spending big bucks, the chairs give the room a fresh modern feel with a nod to the past.
A row of storage-packed cabinets keeps this room neat and tidy. These low-profile consoles sport modern style and tuck neatly underneath the windows to mimic a window bench. Plus, they keep toys low where kids can reach -- and put them away.
Before the chairs received a new coat of paint, they were quickly sanded to prepare the surface.
A fresh coat of paint took these chairs from drab to fab.
What You Need: Screwdriver or drill, fabric, fabrics pencil, scissors, staple gun, and staples
1. Remove existing seats using a screwdriver. Remove the original fabric, leaving the foam in place. If the fabric is clean and intact, you can cover right over it.
2. Lay new fabric facedown. If you removed the original fabric, use it as a pattern to trace onto the new fabric. If you didn't remove the fabric, use the seat as a pattern. As you trace the seat, allow enough extra fabric all around to fold to the bottom of the seat.
3. Cut fabric and place right side down. Place seat with right side down on top of the fabric.
4. Pull fabric around to the bottom of the seat, starting at the center of one side and securing with a staple. Repeat at the center of the opposite side, pulling fabric taut but not stretching it too much. Repeat on the last two sides, trimming the fabric at the corners. Then peek at the front to make sure the fabric looks appropriate, especially if your fabric has a pattern to center on the seat.
5. Continue stapling on the seat back at 1-inch intervals, and then replace the seat on the chair.
With a few simple steps these chairs were given a new life!
To add texture to the space, woven roman shades were added to the window bank in the dining room.
This modern version of a china hutch is a prime place to store dishes but also adds a pop of orange to tie in the tones from the adjacent living room.
Use open shelving when a top-heavy hutch would be too cumbersome. If space is tight, look for a shallow sideboard with a lot of interior shelves.