I had a few distractions and events get in the way over the past week, but I finally completed the fabric makeover on my kitchen banquette. It has been kind of dreary here since Sandy came through town, but I tried to get the best photos I could of the new fabric covers. It does make the kitchen look much brighter and that was my goal. If you are unfamiliar with how I built the banquette – you can find the full tutorial in the post I wrote about it – How To Build a Banquette Window Seat in Your Kitchen.
I used a set of drapes to cover the bottom cushions using my favorite no-sew method – safety pins, but I did get the sewing machine out to make new covers for the pillows.
To make the covers for the pillows, I wanted both sides to look finished. Instead of having a back opening style cover, I made both sides – one solid piece. It takes a bit more time to make, but this way if one side gets a stain, I can just switch the pillow to the other side.
I didn’t have the time to take photos of the step-by-step process, but it is just a basic pillow cover – no cording or trim added. I bought the green and turquoise fabrics from JoAnn Fabrics. They are from the Better Homes & Gardens Collection – BIRKLY: colors – Aqua and Spring.
I measured the pillow width, height, and depth and cut two pieces of fabric to those measurements and then added an inch to each side to allow for the seam. Once the fabric was cut, I placed the right sides of the fabric together and sewed one short side and the two long sides together on my sewing machine. I turned the fabric right side out and then placed the pillow inside. To close the cover, I folded the raw un-sewn edges of fabric over an inch and pinned the two sides together – then sewed it closed. Repeat – 5 more times…
If you are thinking about building a banquette or window seat in your kitchen I highly recommend it. It is the best home improvement project we did. It not only adds architectural interest to the room, but saves floor space since no chair slide-back room is needed between the table and walls.
So now that I am finished the cushions and pillows – you know how it is – once you get one project finished it makes the things around it look off.
Wish I could buy a Restoration Hardware table, but that is not going to happen – so I will be painting the chairs once again and perhaps doing something to the base metal on the table. I have not come up with a plan yet, but I know I want to lighten them up.
When I bought the chairs they were dark green, then I white-washed them yellow and painted a vine on the backs. They hung around for about 7 years and started to show wear, so I painted them- to the current black. I have 5 of these chairs and only use 3 now. I went to my basement and brought up one that is still yellow. The back looks OK, but the rungs and the bottom are beaten up.
I was thinking about a color something like this table for the chairs – a pale chartreuse.
Or an aged turquoise.
Whatever new color I choose – it will be the 4th color of paint the chairs have worn.
Gotta love the ease, affordability, and the power of paint and fabric!
Related Posts on the Banquette
How to Build a Banquette
Make cushion covers for a banquette using drapes.