Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Decorating Dilemma Wednesday

Oh, what can you do with a yard of lovely zebra print upholstery fabric from Hobby Lobby? Well, you can take the 1970's golden fabric that your Mama redid for the 1940's red print that your Grandmama did and turn it into a fashionable and fun 2010 chair! We don't throw anything away here! Simply measure the "Susan way" and cut to your little heart's content!
Get out your handy dandy staple gun--that you received for a birthday present one year and go at it!

How fun is this? I still need to paint the chair black. With all of the snow outside, spray painting is a little tricky this week! I'll get to it! Cute and funky!

Now, I still have a lovely strip of fabric left over. I am a pack-rat! It comes from saving things for kindergarten centers--buttons, bottle caps,anything to sort! I know my weaknesses, y'all! This little step stool has followed Hubby and me around for almost 19 years. It was my Grandmama's too! She used to stack a ton of newspapers on it. I remember climbing on that stack when I was a little girl. I tried to delicately balance on those papers....and kerplop! I slipped off and landed on my bottom! My precious Grandmama didn't fuss or say"I told you so!" She quietly and gently helped me stack them back up. Proverbs 19:11 says that "A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense." I had a wonderful Grandmama! The era in which she lived--the 20's and then the depression--encouraged her to save everything and not be wasteful. So, this darlin' little stool is going to be brought back to life! With zebra and ?????

Well, child #2 has started to use the stool already! It still needs a pop of color and some fun fringey stuff on the side to cover the seams. Glue gun is getting hot! Let me know your thoughts and suggestions for the finishing touches for the little stool!! I'd love to hear what you would do!
BTW, your ideas from last week were awesome! But, with sick children and snow and power outages, I haven't worked on the magazine rack yet! Just about figured out what I'm going to do.
The kids have a 2 hour delay before school. I have 3 dozen picture frames to paint before our ladies' retreat this Saturday! I will post about that on Friday--hopefully. Please keep this retreat in your prayers that hearts will be touched, and God's presence will be experienced by all! Thank you so much! Happy Wednesday!
BTW, Kimm over at Reinvented has a giveaway!! Check it out!

Many Blessings,


The Nester said...

Depends where you are gonna put the stool---what other colors are in the room you'll use it in? I'd love it with more zebra on the top!

Cute idea!

coco said...


thank you so much for taking the time to comment and help with some of my questions...I really appreciate it! That stool is adorable, there are so many things you could do with it. I think a pop of color on top would be great. Do you have a scrap of any other fabric you have used in your house that would tie it all together? I love projects like this, one of my favorite things is pillows made with 2 or 3 different fabrics I have used in a room. I love the chair...I have several painting projects that are also waiting on warmer weather. I think there should be a 5th season...spray painting season! Have a great day!


Teresa said...

Good job! I am so glad ya'll are doing ok..after all the snow drama...:) We still have quite a bit on the ground...but the children went to back to school yesterday..!!

ps: post pics when you get your painting done!

Edie said...

It really depends on the look you're going for. Whimsical or stylish. I think I would like it with a black lid and maybe the same black fabric tied like a wide ribbon horizontally around the stool into a simple bow. If you like bling you could add some rhinestones along the *ribbon* edge.

Looking forward to seeing what you do. :)

Melanie Dorsey said...

The fabric looks great on the chair and stool. Were you planning to cover the top of the stool?
I'll be looking for the finished product!

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

I would go with a coordinating solid color on top and fringe. Must have fringe. But I love Edie's idea of the black fabric tied like a ribbon! Can't wait to see what you decide!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

One word...SWEET! As you know I love zebra and these pieces are just to my hearts desire. Will it be staying in the green room or will be be somewhere else? I could see it with a fun trim around it. I cant wait to see what you come up with! Have fun~

A Bushel and Peck said...

How about a nice pop of color on top and zebra around the bottom or vice versa?

Paula (SweetPea) said...

GReat stuff. That chair is going to look super painted black. The foot stool will look great with a splash of color. I can't remember what color you have in this and blue??? It will look great.

I thought you said you had no decorating talent? LIAR! :-) just joking...LOL

Joy in The Truth said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the zebra print! Touches of red with zebra are great, too!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Sounds like I'm with the majority here, but I'd go with a solid color that coordinates with the room. A bright happy color would be great. Pink, red, aqua???

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Oh, and thanks for posting on my giveaway!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Can't wait to hear about the retreat! I will be thinking about you this weekend.


tardevil said...

Hi, and thanks for coming by my blog. Love the zebra fabric. I think I have some in my closet that I had forgotten about, except it's lime green. To answer your ?, I lived in Irmo, SC for 1 year before moving back to NC. I'm west of Charlotte, and unfortunately, Hobby Lobby is over an hour away from my house, so I haven't yet made it out there b/c of my daughter's sports schedule. But, it's on my "to do" list!

Erin said...

Red! I vote red...

kari and kijsa said...

A bright solid with a pop of color on the top would be great- to tie in the colors of room...then I would cover the staples and seams with black gimp or ribbon. (even a wide grosgrain ribbon glued around the top edge finished off with a cute knot, bow or oversized button)

An extra finishing touch would be to use a bit of black fabric paint and add a monogram to the top on the solid fabric...

Great job!
kari & kijsa

Sandy Toes said...

I love looks wonderful. I am always in the mood for a good zebra.
sandy toe

Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

I love your chair. I love animal print. Maybe a red fabric with the stool? I can't wait to see the finished product!

Have a great night~

Wendy said...

The chair is too cute. I think a brilliant yellow, red or lime green would be great for the fringe on the stool.

I look forward to hearing about your retreat. We'll pray for God to meet you there! All of you. I loved our retreats and my time in women's ministry, what a blessing. I hope your soul is blessed by the ability to sow into these women's lives.

My blog is back by the way. :)

BECKY said...

Great makeover!! We're using some zebra in Maddy's room!

Personally I like the idea of solid black on the top, with some type of ribbon or trim around it!!

Sounds like fun!! I have TOO many projects, and can't even get my bloggin done!!


Susan said...

Oh wow, you are really Good Susan.

That is one of my favorite prints.

I love in all things, even my clothing!

Have a blessed weekend♥

Pretty Organizer said...

I'm with Nester... More Zebra on top but I'd do something fun with ribbon or contrast just below the top for a little added zing.... as if Zebra print needs any more zing!

Girl you've got a fun blog and I love the picture on your title bar... just perfect!

Chatty Kelly said...

LOVE THE CHAIR!! I'd do the lid of the stool hot pink, and then do a piece of hot pink fringe around the bottom that has the little puff balls hanging. So neat!

jenjen said...

Hi Susan. I am coming over via The Nester. I just had to comment because I just did a similar chair project. It was so much fun and totally freshened up my space. Yours turned out great!

Have a great weekend!


Wendy said...

Girl, we can't wait to hear the details of your retreat when you've recovered! :) I hope you all are on fire for the Lord...I know we always were when we came back from ours.

Thanks for sharing the things that make you joyful. What a sweet list and, oh, much we have in common. I look foward to sharing more joyful moments with you (online and in person). You going to She Speaks?