from the inspiration fabrics and photos, i started pulling mary beth's design together. i selected a floral fabric for her shades in the dining room. i planned to find off-the-shelf silk panels and lucked up to find the perfect color in the clearance rack at a brentwood interiors, a designer fabric store.
fabric for shades
silk panelsmary beth had 2 chairs and an ottoman that she had purchased off craigslist. luckily the chairs did not have to be recovered since they were neutral. the ottoman was in need of new fabric though and this cane fabric worked beautifully.
mary beth didn't know how to sew but fortunately her mother-in-law emily did. i told emily my vision for a floor-length burlap table cloth for the 55" dining room table that we found at a yardsale. she jumped on her sewing maching and whipped up this amazing table cloth for mary beth and jeffery.
here is what the dining room looked like before the redesign. here is what the completed dining room looks like. because we were trying to get the most out of mary beth's budget i decided to recover her existing antique dining room chairs. i also opted to make fabric shades out of her existing mini-blinds. here's the link to the directions on the little green notebook blog.
here is the kitchen after.
another after shot.
mary beth had previously owned a slip covered sofa and wanted something with a little less maintenance. for the family room i selected a broyhill sofa with a dark, neutral fabric on it.
if you are shopping on a budget another good place to look is at antique stores. sometimes shoping at antique stores requires a little extra effort to dig through the junk but when you luck out it's worth it. it was definitely worth it to find this beautiful antique coffee table. it was originally $140 and because this particular antique store offered a cash discount we were able to get the table for $80. the top was originally the same woodtone as the legs but it was a little scuffed up. instead of touching it up I antiqued only the tabletop. the paint and glaze for the antiquing was only about $12.
here is a before photo of the family room.
here are some photos of the semi-complete family room. i'll be posting homework for mary beth soon so that she can complete the rest of the room on her own.