Chair Slipcovers To Change The Look Of A Dining Room

The heart of our homes is generally where we gather for meals, and in my home (as I've mentioned before) it's open plan with no formal dining room and just the dining area as you see it above. Since our home was built in 1962 I have always found that to be sort of forward thinking, or maybe it's because Florida life tends to be casual and lots of it is centered around the pool...

I love to have a lot of options to change the look of this room and fabric is one of the easiest for anyone, even if you don't sew! Which brings me to dining chairs...

You might not notice right away in this pull back shot taken behind the kitchen island, but take a good look and see that the chairs are different...
They are wearing some custom made slipcovers that I designed and had a seamstress make for a former set of dining room chairs that we have since replaced. Don't judge the wrinkles, if it was a formal occasion I probably would have dragged the iron out, but I didn't have time this morning for purposes of showing you this post today:~))
After all of these years I still really love these and call them my Ralph Lauren~esque French country chair slips! Oh you know...blue jeans, rich florals and on the bottom skirts the fabric is a pale celadon green mini~check... 
Chair slipcovers are such a great way to change the look of a room, and you don't have to have lots of extra chairs around to store! I hoard chairs so I do...but that's another story for another day...
It's fun to change things up and add pops of color with fabrics. If you do sew that's a bonus and I have made chair slipcovers, which is really not that difficult to do if you craft a paper pattern first...
The slips above were a fun project for a couple of clients who wanted some colorful ruffly slipcovers after purchasing the white chair covers that we used to sell in the shop. Same chairs, same dining area...but it looks so different with colorful fabric over the chairs...
I have ONE of these available that I'll be listing soon in the SHOP...so watch for it or sign up for our Newsletter, or you can let me know if interested:~)
Ruffled chair slips that are a little less fru fru and have a more prairie country feel. These are from Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Couture line and are no longer being sold, but I do have a couple of extras that I'll be listing in the SHOP soon...
A super simple way to create chair slipcovers on the run is with the use of pillowcases. Here I have taken a vintage Madeira cutwork pillowcase and pulled it over the top of a chair. I pinned the ends on the corners and did not do any sewing. If you are pinning, be careful not to have the pins in any areas that might touch someone sitting in the chair (youch!)...
You can opt to be all creative and tie up the top of the pillowcase with ribbon to hold it in place, a popular look for weddings...
 And add a couple of wheat stalks to represent autumn...
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