Faking It

December 15, 2011 at 9:23 AM 5 comments

We have a pair of benches that came with our dining room table that we bought 4 years ago. I’ve split the benches up. One remains with the dining table and the other resides in our breakfast nook.

Last summer, I got these Pottery Barn bench cushions…

I bought them with every intention of eventually recovering them. Days, weeks and months past and I used them in their plain fabric. Yesterday, I thought to myself, “how about faking it?” For the dining room, I pulled out some army green velvet that I have and I wrapped it around the cushion and simply pinned it back. I followed the same steps you would for a simple upholster job of a seat cushion but instead of staples, I used pins.

And it worked…

I also made a box detailing with fuchsia velvet grosgrain ribbon that I had lying around. I didn’t have enough of it so it’s not the ideal size box. I just pinned that on as well. The ribbon would not stay on if you sat on it but the velvet actually has; I tested it out.

On to the breakfast room. I’ve had a 1/2 yard of  Schumacher’s Fuzz fabric that I got from The Designer’s Attic. I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it and I figured why not try it out…

What do you think of the faking it look?  I wouldn’t advise this if you have kids since the pins could fall out. But for me and Graham, it’ll work just fine. And if it doesn’t, no sweat off my back. The project took one entire Ellen show, with some stops to look up at the screen.  Plus, if I get bored of the fabrics, I can just switch them out.

PS I know that the breakfast nook just took giant step into crazy town with the color explosion.  For now I’m enjoying the whacked out look; but, I’ll probably change out the pillows to black.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. dmm  |  December 15, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    brilliant! both cushions add pizzaz; you may even decide to get out the machine and make them permanent! but, as you say, why commit when another season/fabric/inspiration beckons?!

  • 2. Katy  |  December 15, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    That’s brilliant! You could even change it seasonally…depending on who is on Ellen of course. Looks good, love the red ribbon detail on the velvet.

  • 3. Allie  |  December 15, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Smarty pants! I love this idea, Kate! Might have to steal it..

  • 4. Glynnis  |  December 15, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Just hope you don’t sit on a pin or two!

  • 5. Ashley  |  December 16, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    It is a genius idea to try your color and print combination out before fully committing. Love it!


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