I am feeling a bit like Maria – you know the character Julie Andrews played in the movie, The Sound Of Music. I channeled her resourcefulness and took a pair of perfectly good drapes that I no longer needed and used the fabric to make something new.
I didn’t make clothing, but two new banquette cushion covers for the banquette in my kitchen. I want to lighten up the kitchen and over the past few months have been changing some of the black accents.
This is the best kind of use-what-you-have-decorating. I shopped my basement and now have a new look with no new cost involved. Strike that, I did need to buy some safety pins -cost $1 at the dollar store.
I could not be happier with the results.
The existing banquette cushions – professionally done about 8 years ago.
I also am changing the back pillow fabric. The purple and green served well, but time for a color update. I will show you their transformation in my next post.
I moved the table away so you could get a better view of the banquette.
I use bed pillows for the back. I stripped them of the previous fabric. Now they are just waiting for their new look.
See where the floor is worn? That is from the chair my husband has sat in for the past 3 years working non-stop networking and job-searching. He uses this table as his office. I know this floor is one of the big projects I will be taking on eventually. (Update: Floor was refinished, It came out amazing – you can see it in this post. )
This is one of Trax’s favorite spots.
- Drapery panels or fabric yardage – enough to wrap around all sides of your cushion
- Large safety pins – I found mine at the dollar store.
1. Lay the drape or fabric yardage right side down. Center cushion on top.
2. Wrap the fabric around the cushion as if you were wrapping a gift. Place the safety pins horizontally into the fabric and grab a small bit of the cushion, then close the pin. Repeat all around the cushion making sure to pull the fabric taut before pinning.
3. Wrap the corners in the same way your would a gift box. Make sure the fabric lays flat. Use a few pins around the corners so the fabric stays in place.
Place back on seating.
I have used this same cushion covering technique for the porch swing on my deck and in my daughter’s room on her window seat cushion.
A sneak peek of the fabric for the back pillows. I will show you the complete banquette transformation in my next post.