Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sitting Pretty

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Hi everyone! Do you still have your Christmas decorations up or have you started taking them down like me? We leave our tree up until New Year’s Eve and then that night when we need some activity( to keep us awake), we take the ornaments off. I’m ready for it all to be gone!
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I have few things I want to do around the house and garden this coming year. I got an early start and did one of my projects over the weekend.  My dining room chairs needed sprucing up.
 
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I painted these about 8 years ago and recovered them I think two years ago. They were really looking shabby (and not Shabby Chic)!  So I gave them a quick paint job with my favorite black spray paint – Valspar Black Satin (from Lowe’s).
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A few of the seats were really dirty. I recovered all the chairs with a piece of red toile that I already had. If I had more fabric I would have centered a big scene in the middle on all the chairs like the one below. But as it was I had just enough to do the four chairs.
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It feels good to  already be able to mark off a project on my to do list!

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I’ve been wanting to paint these chairs white for a few years now, but always talk myself out of it. I  really do like the contrast of the black chairs with the white table. But I may just go ahead this summer and paint them white to get it out of my system – it’s only paint after all!

I want to wish you all a Happy & Healthy New Year!  I’m really looking forward to a fresh start.
The January book giveaway will be up Friday morning and it’s a good one. So come back for that, I’m really excited about it!





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81 comments:

MelsRosePlace said...

Hi - i am with you, am about to get off the computer and take all my 5 or so (???!!) trees and decorations down! Cant wait for everything to look all fresh again, Mel xxx

Nadine said...

Our decorations are still up, but that is because we have friends coming over tomorrow night and they have not seen the house decorated this Christmas.
I love the re-do on the chairs...very pretty.
I just got done making a project list for me to work on this year!

Blessings!
~Nadine

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Our decorations are still up. I was going to take down the dining room tree today, but just sat around then took a nap!! Not very productive!

I love the contrast of the black chairs with the white table. The red and white toile is beautiful!

Happy New Year Manuela!

Julie Harward said...

WOWZA LADY, I LOVE THOSE CHAIRS!!! THEY ARE SO VERY PRETTY. WE LEAVE OUR TREE UP TIL NEW YEARS TOO..I LOVE THE LITE TREE IN MY HOUSE, I THINK I NEED TO ADD SOME PERMANENT LIGHTS TO MY MANTEL! Come say hi :D

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

They look brand new now! I loved your black and white toile, but the red is lovely too. {I don't think you can go wrong with toile ~ no matter what color!}. We {I} leave the decorations up until January 6th. Some rooms just have a few things in them and I may just pack them up before then. I do want to clean up my tote containers first though and put things away in an organized way this year.

Rhondi said...

Hi Manuela
I like to take down the decorations as soon as Christmas is done, but I've been lazy this year and haven't done it all yet. I like youe dining room chairs. Mine are black with red toile too!
I hope you have a healthy and prosperous new year.
Hugs, Rhondi

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Great job on the chairs! We don't take our tree down until January 6th, and by then, I am sooo ready to do it!
Happy New Year to you!

{ L } said...

Beautiful! The flowers are so cheerful and fun. What a pretty job you did on them. Your chairs are amazing too! Gorgeous fabric.

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

Manuela, you have the golden touch! Or perhaps I should say black? The chairs look so shiny and pretty. Like you said: it's just paint. And paint is the cheapest redecorating change there is. (Except for shopping the house or moving things from place to place. Which I seem to do a lot of.)
Brenda

The Working Home Keeper said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Most of our Christmas decorations are still up. I like to keep them up until Epiphany (Jan. 6th). But my husband has been slowly taking some of the trees down while I'm at work LOL!

Happy New Year!

Mary Ellen

Ally's Corner said...

Love how your chairs came out. I just need new kitchen chairs period!!! Keep looking at GW but nothing.
I always take my Christmas stuff down the day after Christmas.
I feel like I am in the movie Elmo Saves Christmas were he wants Christmas every day. I so want my Christmas stuff down, over it!!!!!!
I have pneumonia along with the flu so it will stay up a little longer.
Ally

Sue said...

Oh those chairs look so bright and new! Love the red toile- it makes such an impact. After our party on Sat. I will begin disassembling the house. LOL It seems as if I just got it done, but it's time for a change. I will be hanging new artwork in the foyer and in the upstairs hall. The bathroom reno will start soon, too. Ah, change is good. Wishing you all good things for the upcoming year, Manuela.
hugs, Sue

matty said...

Pretty chairs! I love the redo! I am with you about having it all up and ready for the "winter" look. Project list? I haven't gotten that far yet!

Happy New Year!

Matty

Betsy said...

Our tree comes down New Year's Day.

The chairs look so fresh and wonderful! :)

Linda said...

Manuela you are so talented. I always enjoy seeing what you do with your decorating.

I am never in a hurry to take my tree down. I don't do too much decorating with other Christmas items...but it still feels like a big job to haul it back down stairs.

So every year I dread getting it out and putting it away because we take it up and down the stairs. Funny how that never bothered me when I was younger! (:>)

Have a Happy New Year!
Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Vee said...

No, I'm not at all like you, but that doesn't mean that I can't appreciate the desire for freshness again such as you've shown us here with the bouquet of roses and the newly-painted chairs. (My tree will be up through Epiphany and happy I'll be to hold on for it's such a spot of cheer on these bitter cold nights, not to mention dark.

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You'll be happy to know that I don't delete a comment to make a correction. ;D

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

I'm over the tree and decorations.
They're still kinda up, but I'm taking them down slowly.
LOVE your chairs.
Goodness I hope that I make big strides around this house in 2010.

salmagundi said...

Hi Manuela! My decorations are all down and packed away. I love the feeling of a new start and a clean house again. Looking forward to all of your new projects. I, as always, need inspiration. Sally

Pen Pen said...

your chairs and red toile look beautiful! I'm so ready to get my decorations down and CLEAN the house!

mamajuliana said...

Our decorations are still up, but I have to seriously think about taking them down because I am having knee surgery in about two weeks.

Our son was kind enough to put up our decorations this year, and part of the agreement was that I would help 'at the other end' of the holiday.

I think that I better get motivated real soon!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

HI! My decorations are all back in the attic now. On to cleaning the house next. It's bad! Love your newly painted chairs. And your new blog look too. Happy New Year, my friend!

Laurie Anne said...

Hello Manuela,
Our Tree and Christmas decor is still up and usually we don't take it down until the 6th of January...when the wise men came :)
The chairs are gorgeous! and they will look fabulous in white...Go For it! xx
Happy New Year!

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

YOur blog looks fantastic by the way. My decs are packed up and ready for hubby to put them in the attic. I love the toile. I have never sprayed chairs. Do you find that it's just as durable? Hmm.. maybe a project for this weekend!

Connie said...

My tree is down, my living room is rearranged and it feels good! It's amazing what some paint and new fabric will do for some chairs! I'm impressed! I've been marking things off my list too but they're more like, return book to library, fold clothes, call Beth. You have some good projects!

Jill said...

Love the chairs, Manuela! I've been considering red cushions for my black chairs. Don't know why I'm always afraid to try something new. I have black & white toile curtains in my breakfast room along with a black hutch so I thought the red cushions would give me just a little punch of color. Believe it or not, I have seen some cushions in the Jasper "Kroger" that were a beautiful shade of red and only $10 each. I might have to make a trip back to Jasper:-) Thanks for sharing your wonderful blog.
Happy New Year!
Jill

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I just love the chairs painted black and the red toile ! What an ambitions lady, great job, Happy New Year too! Cindy

Lorrie said...

Your chairs look wonderfully fresh. Making a list of things you want to do around your home in the new year is a great idea.

We leave our tree and decorations up at least until New Year's. I like taking it all down on the first day of the year, except for the crocheted snowflakes in the kitchen window.

Lorrie

christine's cottage garden home said...

Love the chairs! Did you prime them first? I always have trouble with paint chipping off if the object hasn't been sanded and primed first. I'd really like to know what you did, they look great!

Donna said...

I have been taking some of my Christmas decor down. One room at a time.
I love the chairs! Toile is my favorite and it's red...beautiful!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Many Blessings to you and your family this coming year girl...Good luck with all the Christmas stuff what a job to put it all up and then take it all down...I'm know I have been drained from Christmas...Love what you did with your chairs...is't paint a girls best friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Gloria said...

Manuela, Happy New Years to you. I love those chairs and thanks for the name of the color. I'm planning on doing something with a cabinet I have. I love your style and way of living. I really appreciate your friendship this year and hopefully next year as well. Take care, peace, health, happiness, and a little cash wouldn't hurt.:D take care.

Trez said...

wow!! Looks great. Everything looks better "freshened up" a bit!!

Mindy said...

hi there! I have enjoyed reading your blog so much...very inspirational..lots of wonderful frugal ideas for my home..thank you!
Blessings for the New Year!

Jen R. said...

They look great! Happy new year!!!

1 Funky Woman said...

My house is still Christmasified and I am getting a little tired of it since it has been up since the 2nd week of November, crazy I know. My kids are home the rest of week so I can't seem to get a thing done. Is Monday ever going to get here?

I just love your decorating, I can't get enough. Whenever I need to get inspired I just come on over to your blog. You really do have a knack. I just love your thrift store find...the three tiered stand, I'm drooling! Love your blog, come visit me and see my holiday decor!
Megan

Sandy said...

They look so nice and new!

Tina Leigh said...

Wow the chairs look great. We still have our Christmas tree up. I dont put out many decorations any more. We are too busy around the farm from October until January so I have learned to back off. I"m working New Years Eve so I want take my tree down until Jan 1 & then Good Riddens!! LOL

Oliva said...

My plan for today is to put all Christmas decorations away, but we always keep the tree up until after January 6th! Love those chairs...great job! I wish you and your family a very happy and healthy New Year!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh my goodness...Those chairs turned out absolutely gorgeous. You couldn't have picked out a more perfect fabric. And red, black and white...be still my heart. Kudos, Manuela!
M.L.

mishebe said...

I just love the toile. Love the black with toile. happy new year! mishelle

Gracie said...

We'll keep up our tree till the 12th night after Christmas, as is our national tradition to do so, but me too, I have a few projects in mind for my home the next year.
My best whishes to you and your family for a sparkling 2010!

Jennifer said...

Wow! You are already on the ball with new projects, how great is that? The chairs look brand new and I like the mixing of the two colors of toile. Our tree and decorations come down the first two days after Christmas. Last night was spent moving the living room furniture back to its regular spot.

Wiahing you the most wonderful New Year!

Jen

june@craftyniche said...

The table and chairs look great together. Love the fresh paint on the chair and fabric.

Julie said...

Beautiful! I love the mix of black and white too. And after all, paint is one of the cheapest and thriftiest ways to bring change to a room! So go at it. Love to see you transformations. P-r-e-t-t-y!
Loved the post Happy New year!

Rhonda in OK said...

your chairs look so pretty

and the beautiful roses, did you grow them? I know it is warmer where you are and if you are growing roses in Dec, then I really need to move to your neighborhood.

we got more snow last night, on top of the Christmas eve snow that was just starting to melt

vintage girl at heart said...

LOve the chairs.. the toile and the black and white together!!! And yes if you are itching to go white for the Summer then why not?? With your magic touch for decor it will be stunning I am sure.
Love the new blog look too.
Happy New Year!!

Miss Rowley said...

wow, love your blog and the chairs look amazing, i have the red pattern and have been wondering what to do with it and now I do. thanks. keep up the great work that you have been doing

pammiejo said...

My decorations are down - I get tired of it all too! Love the black with the red toile - have a chair at my computer that I'm going to do the same thing to. I've got the red toile on - am just waiting to paint when my husband paints a dry sink black, I'll sneak it in there to paint too!

Storybook Woods said...

Beautiful job Manuela,
happy new year, I know there will be lots of blessings to come. Clarice

Angie said...

I love the black with the toile seats and the white table. My chairs in the kitchen are white and I wish they were black. Your dining room looks beautiful! Yeah, my Christmas stuff is still up. I'll probably take it down this weekend.

Stacey said...

Hi Manuela! I didn't get to get by here before Christmas to wish you a Merry Christmas. I hope you had a great one.
I always take my stuff down on December 26! My outdoor decor is still up though because we have about a foot of snow outside. Yuck!
I love your chairs. I love all the contrasting colors. If I saw that at a store I would buy it in a heart beat!

Happy New Year!

Linda said...

Your pictures always inspire me. I love the colors you use. I can't use real flowers because of allergiew, but I love the ribbon on the container and I also like your runner. I want to start doing some sewing. Also I collect ribbon and so will have to try the ribbon idea. Thanks. Linda

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Nice job on the chairs - very pretty

Anonymous said...

Just found your blog and I love it! Thanks for the black paint tip - my kitchen chairs are up for a re-do also.

You could try draping your black chairs with white fabric to see if you want the look...or make white chair topper slips...

I have that same toile - one of the scenes (the dancing one) framed with black in my dining room.

Happy New Year!

--Vicki K.

Lee Laurie said...

I haven't taken down my Christmas decorations either. My son and his family are coming down this week end so I will leave it all up for them. I'm so excited to get my hands on my new grandbaby! He turned a month old on December 20th. Every minute that I am not at work this week end, will be spent holding and loving on him!
I love your chairs! I have been trying to decide whether to paint mine white or black, too. I painted the hutch in my kitchen black and that was tough! I finally finished it and took a few pictures to post but my computer is still messed up and I cant add pictures. I can't decide if I want black or white chairs because I have black appliances too. I guess I better go with white. So many decisions...

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

We take down our decorations New Year's Day...

Your chair make over looks wonderful!

Christina said...

Look great! I love the pop of red under the table and of course it looks wonderful with the black.

Happy new year to you also. I'm cleaning and dusting and moving things around. Got that "things have to changed around for the New Year" bug. I am holding myself back from pulling out paint and painting my laundry room and bathroom. So much other stuff that really needs to be done first.

Still have the tree up, but most everything else is gone.

Lou Cinda said...

The chairs look fabulous!! I LOVE toile!! Can't go wrong!!

Everything is down in my house except for the tree, which will come down Friday! I am ready for it to be gone too!

Lou Cinda :)

Adrienne said...

Hi, Manuela - Since you're already ahead on your projects would you like to stop by my house and help me get one done? I love the look of your chairs - so pretty in the black and the red and white toile. Thanks for the inspiration. Think I'll find a simple project to do and get going! Happy New Year to you and those dear to your heart. ~Adrienne~

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love the redo on the chairs! I have a cabinet I want to paint black, but it will have to be an outdoor project and the weather won't be ideal for some time now. :(
Your comment was there - thought it was gone. :)
Glenda

Melissa Miller said...

This does look great with the contrasting paint colors Manuela!
Love the red toile fabric. Great spruce up! It all looks crisp and fresh.

We are done putting everythin away. Sigh...til' next year. :)

Merrie said...

I would be afraid to put a white table with black chairs but you pulled it off beautifully! I love the way those chairs turned out. We are leaving the decorations up untill our oldest daughter, son in law and grandbaby get to come celebrate. Baby was sick on his first Christmas!
I nominated you for an award tonight. I couldnt remember if you participate in awards or not and didnt see it anywhere on your blog although I thought I had maybe seen a comment of such. Then again, until the otherday I thought you lived in New Mexico for some reason.
Anyway I will understand if you dont accept it, but know the nomination is heartfelt and sincere so I hope you will accept!

Kelley said...

Have spray paint. Will travel. That's my motto. Insert also glue gun, staple gun, sewing machine in there, too, because I AM traveling in the RV now (from Tucson to Deming, New Mexico, last night, in fact; today we'll drive to Amarillo where I will awake on the first day of 2010 before driving into Oklahoma City).

I even brought my sewing machine with me in my carry-on from Guam. I keep glue and staple guns in the RV at all times. Hey, you never know when you feel the inspiration to sit a little "prettier." Loved the post! Love the NEW chairs!

Happy New Year's Eve!

Kim said...

I got inspired at 9pm last night & took down all of the decorations (except the tree) by 11pm!

The chairs look great -- love that toile with the rest of your decor.

Richella said...

Your chairs look beautiful, Manuela!

I'm so glad I know you. Visiting your blog has been a real pleasure of 2009 for me! I'm looking forward to keeping up with you in 2010.

Every blessing to you!

Marla at Always Nesting said...

love the chairs!!!!

Melanie said...

They look fabulous! I love toile too. I just don't ever seem to work it into my home. I always want to but it never works out. Hope you have a great New Year.

eddieross said...

Looks fantastic! Jennifer Jones introduced you to us. What a pretty blog! We'd love to meet you in Atlanta with Jennifer for our art and framing workshop/cocktail party on Saturday the 9th at 2. Details here: http://www.eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2009/12/join-me-in-atlanta-.html
Happy New Year!

Eddie + Jaithan

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Fantastic makeover. And our decorations are still up. :-)

Wishing you and yours, a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

Gentle hugs,
Aunt Amelia

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

The chairs are looking fabulous!!! I like the contrast with the black chairs & white table too.

In regards to taking down Christmas decorations. I will start taking them down this weekend. Hopefully they will be all put away by Valentine's Day. Just kidding. At least I hope.

Have a Happy New Year Manuela. I look forward to seeing what you have to share with us in the coming year. I have really enjoyed your blog.

Kim

Dawn Gahan said...

Manuela, love love love the way these pop against the rug!

Happy New Year to you (and your lovely home and the blog that captures it all!).

Dawn
The Gahan Girls

Kathleen Grace said...

I took it all down, and it made me as happy to do so as it did to put it all up:>) The chairs look fresh and beautiful. Great job! Happy New Year and many blessings Manuela!

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

Lovely decor. Everything is gorgeous and I love that country mug and the toile. I love anything toile-lol.

Happy New Year!

Diane said...

I love the before and the after...They are both gorgeous! I love that rug, where did you get it? It would look great with my decor. Happy new year!

Julie said...

Oh don't paint them white they look so good with the black and the white table. And I must say the red looks great!

Jenny said...

I took all my decorations down & did some deep 'spring' cleaning. It's so nice to breath again!

I love the chairs black. I really like the black & white with the red seats.

My Cozy Cubby said...

Happy New Year! Hope your holidays were wonderful. Lovely, lovely porch. The chairs look great! As do the pretty roses on your table! I'm ready to take the decorations down, but won't until after 3 kings on January 6th. We just enjoyed a whole week with hubby off work and the kids off school. Back to normal on Monday!

Pamela

Casa Mia * My House * said...

Happy New Year Manuela! I love the toile chairs, they look perfect. My decorations are down since I start back to work on Monday....xoxo

Marie said...

Love your chairs! The toile fabric is beautiful and would be pretty with black or white chairs. Our decorations are put away and I am ready to start room by room cleaning out this coming year.

Dreams and Decor said...

I love black and I love toile, so I really love your new look for the chairs! Hope you have an awesome 2010! Patti