Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New Life Chairs~

Hope you enjoyed a nice 4th of July.

It was hotter then hot here but relaxing just the same.

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A few months ago, I decided to change up these two
wood chairs I had in my stash.
They were painted white in another life
and part of  a square table set that I sold some time ago.

These chairs are very sturdy and a great size,
but I just didn't have a spot for them inside any longer.

You know by now, I change things up a lot!!

So my talented hubby, attached them together to make a bench.
He then painted them in the gorgeous outdoor paint in the pool blue I used on the vintage metal chairs
shared in another post last week.

There are 7 door entries in this house and this area is a back entrance.
It's the perfect spot to have the repurposed bench by that backdoor entry.

Now I decided  I needed to make a cushion for the bench seat,
and I found some cheerful fabric with colors used throughout the yard
 which happened to be on sale at Hobby Lobby.

To begin, I used two seat cushions the exact size of the seats.
The best part is,
 I didn't have to cut these to fit like I would do if they were a roll of foam.

To keep  the seam from separating on the cushion,


I glued the two together to keep them in place.


Lastly to secure, I added a piece of white felt to hold all in place.
I simply wrapped the felt all around and glued in place.


So I measured the size and pinned the fabric to fit right sides together.

Sewed it up on my trusty machine!

Turned the fabric and placed the cushion inside.
Sewing the open edge with a blind stitch to complete.

 To the four corners I decided to create an easy  finish like this instead of rounding the edge and cutting.


I had enough fabric left to make a coordinating pillow
and added two vintage buttons to the center.

It's so comfy and a nice welcome seat at the back door.

Above the bench I kept this old window in place with a little bough of greens
tied with a piece of the fabric.
The wire basket has 3 pots of posies.
Another project marked off my list and the old chairs put to better use.
If I need extra seating on the patio, I can simply bring it around to that area.
Win, win all the way!

I love to find new uses for old treasures giving them a new life.
How about you?

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great start to JULY!!

See you next week.
xo

50 comments:

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

That is a beautiful blue.
I laugh and tell people I am a straight line sewer with no patience. I am hopeless really, Hahahaha. you did a great job on it.
Cozy spot for a little quiet time.

Shelia said...

Morning, Celeste! Oh, your smart little one - this looks beautiful! What a great idea that your hubby put the two pretty chairs together and your pillow looks wonderful as well as your pillow. This would be a beautiful spot by your back door Your home is just so pretty.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

What a cute idea! Love the blue color and the cushion and pillow you made. It's a perfect fit for the spot you chose and now it's even cuter with the flowers!

Stacey said...

That turned out great! I love the colors and fabric you chose. Are you leaving it outside?

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste,
oh I love your new cushions for the blue chairs! The fabrics is so pretty!
Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week,
sending much love and hugs and blessings your way,
Claudia xo

Rose L said...

Looks nice and a job well done on the cushions and pillow. Love the color.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hi Celeste! Love love love your "bench" project! Looks so great by your door, very inviting. I have a list a mile long of projects to go along with our move. We love our new place and it's so fun to use all our "stuff" in different ways. We've been getting our "creative" on! Hope you & your fella have been having a fabulous summer. Hugs to both of you!!

Love & blessings, Edie

TexWisGirl said...

very cute and clever.

Debby Ray said...

What a great idea! I love the colors you have chosen...awesome project, Celeste :)

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a GREAT job by you and your husband. It looks very inviting.

Have a wonderful week ~ FlowerLady

LJ L said...

Celestina Marie, you and your work are simply AMAZING!
LJ

craftyles said...

Such a great idea. I love that blue. You did a wonderful job on the cushion and little pillow. Seems like you turned a ho hum area into a cute seating space. Thanks for the sweet email. I'm doing great and will talk to you soon! Have a wonderful week and try to stay cool.

Art and Sand said...

Absolutely adorable!

Valerie-Jael said...

These are fantastic, what a great makeover! Hugs, Valerie

Cynthia said...

Awesome Celeste, the fabric is a good choice for your home. Don't you love handy clever men?

Cindy

Lisa said...

Your bench is so adorable Celeste! I love that fabric!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Clever, and COURAGEOUS! Excellently executed, Celeste! You always have something wonderful up your sleeve!!!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Celeste,
Incrediable transformation! Adorable fun fabric, wonderful blue, YUP I love it. I am still thinking about your 7 entries into your house... I have 2 into my row-home!
xoxo,
Vera

Linda Walker said...

Oh wow Celeste,
I am loving this little bench! The fabric you used on the cushion is perfect and yes, bright and cheery! What a sweet little bench to place near an entry! Beautiful!
xo
Linda

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my mercy! This is a brilliant idea! Love, love, love it! The colors are beautiful! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Kim said...

Beautiful! What a sunny, cheerful addition. I have never made a cushion before, but you make it look so easy!! I may follow along and give it a try!!

Junkchiccottage said...

Bravo Celeste. Love the fabric and that blue is beautiful. Looks awesome.
Have a wonderful new week.
Kris

Patti said...

Love it! such a gorgeous shade of blue and that fabric is so perky and cheerful. Also, love the old window decor.

Your home is beautiful. There is such charm and welcome there.

Blessings,
Patti

20 North Ora said...

Great redo!! And extra seating too!

Judy

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Very nice "extra" sitting by the pool, which sounds fun to be in today.
warmly,
deb

Sylvia said...

I love your bench, Celestina,what a great idea, and the color is pretty also!

Munir said...

Great job, You really worked hard to save those chairs and got great results. Thanks for sharing.
I hope that you had a great time on the Fourth.

Donna said...

What a fun bench, and a great way to repurpose the pair of chairs! Love the cheery color, and the cushion fabric is great, too! I am loving the wire basket with pots you have hanging above the bench!!! Keep cool, and thank you for sharing!!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Love the beautiful bench and the colorful cushion with pillow. You are so clever and to have hubby put them together - works great.

Enjoy your week.

Higs,
Mary

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Those two chairs put together made such a cute bench, and I love the cheery, blue color. What a nice sitting area you now have, Celeste! The fabric that you chose looks perfect and the buttoned pillow is a perfect addition.
I hope you and Larry had a nice 4th of July. I'm home from Ohio and yes, it's so hot here!!!
Thanks for your visit to my blog! Love and hugs, sweet friend!

handmade by amalia said...

A cheerful makeover! And a team effort at that. It brightens the whole corner.
Amalia
xo

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

I have been smiling and nodding my head ever since I saw a snippet of these on FB! I adore them and such an ingenious idea!
The paint, the fabric and really the usefulness too is top-notch!
Happy Wednesday to you, my friend!
xo
Jemma

Alessandra said...

Lovely new look of the chairs! The pillows are very beautiful. I agree with you about the recycling. I like to find a new use of the things
Hugs
Alessandra

Anna said...

Great job !!!Perfect to seat down and relax !
Have a lovely day !
Anna

Linda M. said...

Perfect, another project finished and another room decorated. Thank you for sharing.
Hugs, Linda

Conniecrafter said...

Such a Fabulous job refurnishing the chairs, professional looking job on the seat cushion and so neat you had extra for a pillow, your whole setting is so pretty and welcoming by this entrance and great that it can be easily moved it needed!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Hello, my Dear Celeste! Your bench came out beautiful - I love that shade of blue and the cushions are so perfect. Love the pillow with the big button in the center! <3 You are so creative - turning two old chairs into a lovely little sitting area. Everything looks so sweet! Hugs xo Karen

Sue Kosec said...

You're a genius. Perfect place to plunk yourself down whether you're on your way in or out.

Great works!
xo
SuZeQ

Createology said...

My favorite BLUEtiful color and what a great repurpose of two chairs into one bench. You certainly have a very handy and understanding husband when it comes to your love of changing decor. Happy Summer Dear...

Lynn Bean said...

What a sweet bench! I love the colors you chose and the fabric. It looks so neat! Isn't amazing how creativity, fabric, and paint can change the ordinary into beautiful! Thanks for sharing, Lynn

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Very creative and so cute too! Love the fresh look you created. The fabric pops and will make anything corner cheerful. Adding the flowers is so welcoming. xo

Debbie Harris said...

What a lovely shade of blue, Celestina. I love what you did with the seat, great idea.
I am never disappointed when I come for a visit as your loveliness shines through in all that your touch and create.
You are so beautiful!

Have a beautiful and blessed day~~

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hello Celestina, I love the bench covers you made. That color blue of the chairs is so pretty and I love the fabric!! You are so creative and talented with sewing. Stay cool and enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.
Julie xo

Okio B Designs said...

I love how your chair bench turned out! I would love something like that for our porch.

Jeanine

Angélica D said...

Hi dear Celestina !! Que bonito color azul eléctrico de esas sillas .. Adore esos bellos cojines ..

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Celeste! I am so happy to see you "walk through my lace curtains" to leave me a comment. Ain't it rich? We learn so much about our place on this earth THROUGH the earth's treasures, struggles, dangers, beauty.

I am finally understanding that in order to make progress, I have to pay attention to the process by which I learn, operate and take from this lessons on improving my modus operandi! Thank God for that because I think that in the end, we can't take our tangible successes with us, but He will see how we behaved through it all. At least that's what my tiny mind makes of it!

Have a super fun day poolside!

Crissi said...

Oh Celestina - very nice and clever - great job - perfect, I love your new cushions for the blue chairs!
Hug and happy weekend Crissi

Patti said...

Your new blog design is beautiful! How fun to change things up a bit.

The post I had clicked on to see didn't show up. I got a page that said "the page doesn't exist." I guess you must have put it back in "drafts."

Hope you're having a great weekend.

Love,
Patti

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Celestina Marie,

Such a great way of converting the chairs to a bench and how wonderful the cushions are you made - great fabric too.
Also love the new look to your blog.
Sending hugs and hope you are having a happy weekend and you are managing to stay cool.
Carolyn

Red Rose Alley said...

Wow, these look amazing - you did a great job, Celestina! I like the fact that it's one seat now instead of two. Love the pretty blue. :)

~Sheri

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..