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« on: December 01, 2007 08:57:10 AM »

So here's the basic story. I needed a new patio set. We just purchased our 1st house(Yippee) and I wanted a nice patio set to sit and gaze at our beautiful landscaped yard. I found this set on craigslist for $40 but since the challenge was for $20 I will only show the chair not the love seat.
I have to start with how BAD that chair smelled. When I say bad I mean left out in the rain for a week mildew stink.
So I made some fabric refresher (I make my own, no Febreze here)  ripped the UGLY covers off and sprayed those cushion like they were on fire. 
While the cushions were being soaked I went to Walmart got my $1 a yard fabric and some chocolate colored spray paint.
3 days later, that's how long the stink stuck for, I made the slip covers and pillows.
I never made a slipcover with "mitered" edges before so that was a challenge in itself.
Enough rambling I give you before and after.











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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2007 09:01:32 AM »

Nice transformation!
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2007 09:05:42 AM »

That is one awesome transformation! And might I add - I love your choice of fabric!
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2007 09:13:13 AM »

Thanks! That fabric rocks. I actually giggled when I found it in the $1 area. I only bought 5yds, I wish I got more.
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2007 09:21:29 AM »

Well it's definitely super ugly to SUPER awesome!  Nice work, I really dig the fabric with the new color of the chair frame.
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2007 09:47:18 AM »

love love the color combo! It looks like a brandnew chair. I bet the set is to die for. Smiley

How do you go about making your own fabreeze? I buy them by the handful and I hate it because it is such a waste to keep buying it. I get the refills but there is still the refill bottle to toss. Sad or recyle.
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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2007 09:49:03 AM »

love love the color combo! It looks like a brandnew chair. I bet the set is to die for. Smiley

How do you go about making your own fabreeze? I buy them by the handful and I hate it because it is such a waste to keep buying it. I get the refills but there is still the refill bottle to toss. Sad or recyle.

Lol, I was *just* typing the same question (re: homemade fabreeze).
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2007 10:00:41 AM »

great transformation .. the darker brown really makes it look more ..well... expensive or high end .. and of course the new fabric is way prettier  Wink nice job .. and I 3rd the fabreeze questions ?? I have 3 dogs and cant live without fabreeze ..id love to make my own .....
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2007 10:11:26 AM »

Here's my homemade febreeze recipe:
3 tbs Baking soda
About 5 tbs white vinegar (enough to make the baking soda dissolve) use as little as possible
about 1 ltr of water
2-3 drops essential oils, your judgement here. I mixed 6 drops to neutralize the smell of the smelly cushions. Ripe raspberry oil to be exact.
I mix all my ingredients in an old febreeze bottle.
Mix the baking soda and vinegar first. Do not seal the container while mixing!!! This mixture releases of gas and will explode a sealed container.
Once the baking soda is dissolved add the water and the essential oil.
I also use this recipe for cleaner as well. I can't stand the smell and the harsh chemicals of commercial cleaners so I make most of my own.
I have 2 dogs 2 cats 2 kids. I use this on a regular basis.
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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2007 10:13:51 AM »

Wow, that's one beautiful patio chair!

I love this challenge so much!
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« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2007 10:17:32 AM »

Here's my homemade febreeze recipe:
3 tbs Baking soda
About 5 tbs white vinegar (enough to make the baking soda dissolve) use as little as possible
about 1 ltr of water
2-3 drops essential oils, your judgement here. I mixed 6 drops to neutralize the smell of the smelly cushions. Ripe raspberry oil to be exact.
I mix all my ingredients in an old febreeze bottle.
Mix the baking soda and vinegar first. Do not seal the container while mixing!!! This mixture releases of gas and will explode a sealed container.
Once the baking soda is dissolved add the water and the essential oil.
I also use this recipe for cleaner as well. I can't stand the smell and the harsh chemicals of commercial cleaners so I make most of my own.
I have 2 dogs 2 cats 2 kids. I use this on a regular basis.


Thank you! That sounds fantastic!
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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2007 10:36:53 AM »

Wow, it looks lovely with the darker wood color and that fabric is so pretty.

PS...
Thanks for the homemade fabreeze recipe. It's a must try. I use that stuff all the time.
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« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2007 11:07:58 AM »

Your patio looks fancier already, btw thanks for that recipe.
Just a suggestion you can buy a furniture tack (?)
is like a BIG thumb tack to protect the furniture leg
so that thin strip at the end of the leg wont tear
hope it helps                   
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« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2007 11:56:36 AM »

when i first saw the 2 pillows on the before pic i thought of eyeballs from some kinda crazy monster..lol i love the fabric you used! great job  Grin
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« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2007 01:31:27 PM »

Oh my goodness I love it!
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« Reply #15 on: December 01, 2007 01:50:19 PM »

Ooh, nice! Love the colour you painted that.
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« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2007 01:52:07 PM »

It looks great!  Love the fabric you chose!
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« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2007 10:14:21 PM »

Original chair: fugly
Chair revamp: fabulous!
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« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2007 11:42:59 PM »

it turned out beautifull.
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« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2007 06:38:57 AM »

That is so cute!
I love the color contrast with the purple and the brown,
you did a great job!
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« Reply #20 on: December 02, 2007 06:49:01 AM »

Thank you everybody! A few years ago I would have never thought that brown and purple could coordinate. But I really do love the outcome. My favorite thing about this whole challenge is that I really needed the furniture, so I didn't feel like I was wasting money.
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« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2007 06:26:36 PM »

the chocolate brown looks quite amazing
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« Reply #22 on: December 05, 2007 05:24:19 PM »

that looks AWESOME. the before pictures did smell bad. that's right, through the internet.
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« Reply #23 on: December 06, 2007 04:50:18 AM »

The smell was horrible. I threw away most of the cushions that came with it. Even through 2 scented trash bags you could smell it.
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« Reply #24 on: December 31, 2007 11:14:23 AM »

Gorgeous, so much better. Thanks for the recipe too, It'll certainly get used.
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