New Window Seat Slipcovers August 11, 2012

Greetings! Happy weekend!,

For some time, I’ve been thinking about recovering our kitchen window seat cushions. They were here when we moved in, ten years ago. It wasn’t a fabric I would have chosen but the best part about it, was that spots could never be found! Or, could it be that our friends and family are just extremely careful, when they eat? Nope. Don’t think so. No offense.

Well, a couple of months ago, the fabric store down the street closed their doors for good. (Fabric stores seem to be going the way of the book stores, sadly.) I found this ticking that I’ve always liked. It was “dirt cheap” so I bought it.

So, I called on my favorite seamstress, Trish at Cottage By Design. She told me exactly how to measure the old cushions. She’s the expert! I am totally amazed by how perfectly everything fits and her workmanship is second to none! I sent her a video, so she understood exactly where everything would go and…voila!…a few weeks later, they arrived. All nicely labeled, too, so there was no confusion.



The lighter color really brightens the space. I’m a little concerned about the extremely neat family and friends, dropping a meatball on the fabric, but they’re washable. I pre-shrank the fabric before sending it to Trish, so they’ll still fit after the future meatball mishap gets cleaned up. Either that, or maybe I could throw a tarp over everything, before we sit down to break bread! There’s a pretty image, eh?

I hope that didn’t scare you! Just pretty me, cleaning up after a little watermelon, this morning!

We had the furniture moved back upstairs this afternoon! Fresh sheets are on our bed and everything else will be in its rightful place before long. I’ll show you some shots soon!

Plus, I finished my first piece of furniture, using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. Throwing caution to the wind, I didn’t add the binder that makes the paint stick, so this beauty distressed til the cows came home! I still love her and I hope you do too. On the next piece I paint, I’ll add the binding agent, so I can see the difference between the two applications.

Until next time…

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  1. Shirley@housepitalitydesigns on August 12, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Love you new window seat cushions!…..Thought at first you were holding up a watermelon rind picture frame with a pretty picture of a lady in it!
    HA!!….Can’t wait for your “milk paint project” reveal! Have a great day!

    • Barbara Bussey on August 12, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Hello sweetness! Are you always this positive bundle of joy?

  2. Donnamae on August 12, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Love the seat cushions…simple, tailored, elegant…they will go nicely with that splash of red fom the future meatball!! Just kidding….Nice pillows too! ;). Enjoy your Sunday! 😉

  3. kim on August 12, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Love the ticking and she did a beautiful job. I should get some fabric and have the seat cushion on my leather chair slipped. I wish I had asked the slipcover guy when he was here, but didn’t realize Miss Bailey was going to scratch a hole in it after he left. Ugh. I want to try the Miss Mustard Seed paint, too.

    • Barbara Bussey on August 12, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Darn dogs! I love mine, but is he ever high maintenance! Thanks for dropping by!

  4. Therese Long on August 12, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Hello Barbara!!
    The cushions look wonderful!
    A great improvement and excellent choice.
    Love your watermelon framed face too!
    Too cute!
    I am happy to hear your home is almost back in order.
    Looking forward to seeing your pint projects.
    Happy Sunday

    • Barbara Bussey on August 12, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Hi Terrie,
      So good to hear from you! My face isn’t round enough, so the watermelon helped out a bunch!

  5. Karena on August 12, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I love the new fabric on the window seat! I have used Scotchgard Spray Fabric Protectant…it might be worth it! (my family can be messy as well!

    Art by Karena
    2012 Artists Series

    • Barbara Bussey on August 12, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Great idea, Karen! Maybe I should spray the whole house! 🙂

  6. Jill Flory on August 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Very cute and a redo is always so fun! Freshens everything so nicely!

  7. Kathryn Cain on August 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I love this look, so very fresh…Hey you could make a drop cloth slip cover ….so you can toss it on when the spagetti rolls out…want to say thank you again Blog sister…. I look forward to those of us in Texas getting together sometime….

  8. Kathryn Cain on August 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I forgot….Please pretty please show us your MMS milk paint piece..

    • Barbara Bussey on August 13, 2012 at 6:52 am

      Oh yes, my child. Since you asked so sweetly, I’ll do that today!

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