I live in a small cape style home in New England. Last year, I thought I had a great idea about how to redo my casual dining room. It's very small, but always full of possibilities. I had an old dining set with a style I simply settled for years ago and it was time to kiss it goodbye. I decided to replace it with another old dining set that I found at the local re-store supply. After that mission was accomplished, I would then replace the window treatments I made eons ago, also: the rug; ceiling light; strip/paint the hutch; and repaint the room.
Obviously this 'new' wrought iron and wood set needed some help. The seat cushions on the dining chairs were white and some had food stains. The table top was in need of re-sanding and staining. Things I knew I could handle, since I've done this stuff in years past -before being disabled and having to think ahead about the actual work involved and all the little steps required to reach my goal.
Years ago, this table and dining chairs project would have taken a day or two after buying fabric from a local store. This time, however, my idea was to use fabric that I actually designed myself. If you've been following my L.J. O'Neal Design on Facebook page, then you know that I've been mentioning this personal project for months now. Wow...life happens.
Unique SEA CUSHIONS...I mean SEAT Cushions
Instead of drawing my design freehand or via computer, I decided to take a look at what I had on hand to inspire me. After, starting with a photo I took of jellyfish in the Bahamas, I was transported into CrEAtiviTy Land in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. (You can view the original sea life photos here). I fell in love with the crazy images of 'reconstructed jellyfish'. Getting positive feedback from my L.J. O'Neal Design on Facebook followers helped me stick with the decision to use the jellyfish fabric design.
This process took up quite a bit of time. This was a new creative avenue of craziness and I was unsure of the destination. Once the jellyfish fabric design was finally decided upon, I had to send the design to a custom textile manufacturer and then wait for samples. This took a couple more weeks.
I was happy with a couple of the jellyfish samples, but then, had to re-tweak others. So off to the manufacturer again and waiting patiently -again. I was so ecstatic with the final jellyfish fabric samples, that I hurriedly posted them on my website and L.J. O'Neal Design on Facebook page. I just knew my seat cushions would be completed speedily.
Daily living does get in the way: I got sick. When my health improved, I had to catch up on many personal cares. I started finishing other projects that unfortunately took priority over my beloved seat cushions. In between all this, I still had to work at what helped pay my bills. Without that, there would be no dining room to finish!
My disabled shoulders were ‘crying’ during all the stapling, but ointment and ice packs helped out. I’m totally relieved that I was able to finish the seat cushions. Sadly, I did the 'New York City thing' and covered the cushions with plastic to protect the fabric design. I was going to use a fabric protector spray, but I ‘bowed’ to my (Brooklyn) hubby’s wishes for plastic (since he thinks this is a pretty cool way to remember our Bahama’s anniversary trip). Personally, I'm not real cool with plastic coverings of any kind over furniture...well, plastic can be removed...he's gotta sleep sometime.
So there you have it, the initial phase of my "Casual Dining Room" is now complete: SEAT CUSHIONS.
My Casual Dining Room Project Continues
At this pace, I should be sharing the full completion of this project with you: Same time, no -not next year, let's say three years from now? Five years? Who knows? It doesn't really matter to me much. What matters the most is, that whatever I do creatively, I thoroughly enjoy the ride. This, my friend, is a blast!
Wall paper and window treatments, anyone?
Ciao for Now,