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FLIRTY FRENCH CHAIR SLIPS

Painted French chairs
with little pale slipcovers ...

love.

These carved French chairs are not old...
but they have the look I wanted
for my dining space.


I love their chippy finish and neutral colors.


White distressed painted wood,
carved floral details on their backs, apron and legs, petite scale
& upholstered in nubby linen fabric.
They came looking like they were already
wonderful shabby antiques.


They are perfect for a french cottage inspired dining room.


But they didn't come with those flirty little slips we all love
so I decided to try and make some myself.


Let me just start by saying ... I am not a seamstress.
I have made simple pleated slip covers for straight lined seats before and
laid one of those atop this chair for a few previous pictures


But these slips were a bit of a challenge to make.
A semi-fitted seat... ruffles...
I decided on a simple flirty skirt rather than ruffly ~ruffly~ ruffly.
I laid the drop cloth over the seats and
cut it following the seat edges.

I then cut about 6 inches of drop cloth in a long strip and pinned it to the seat piece~
creating a bit of a gather here and there as I went.
I sewed them together and finished the edges of the fabric.
After adding a couple of ties and a little ruffle for the back
I called it good.


Though not perfect
they came out darling and are so sweet on these chairs.
I am loving them.

Now just need to finish the rest of them
:)








57 comments

  1. these are just lovely! i have some drop cloths waiting to be transformed for my dining room chairs as well!! susan

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  2. Beautiful. You have two of them?? Want to share one??? HEHEHE. Happy Tuesday, my sweet friend!

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  3. that chair in the garden is so charming! love everything you do....xoox, tracie

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  4. I love these chairs! They would be perfect for me too. Where did you find them? Let me know more about your blog party please. xx's

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  5. Cute slips, Courtney. I am going to attempt some of those later. I am not a seamstress either, but I think I can make those.

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  6. Hi Courtney,

    I think those chairs are simply chic. You did an awesome job with the little slips. Just what they needed for a bit of French Flair!
    See you on Thursday!! Can't Wait!!
    Can you feel the excitement starting to build?
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  7. Oh Courtney, these are gorgeous. I made mine for the LR the same way. I just "winged it". I thought those were magazine pics at first, yummy!!! xoxo Debra

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  8. Great job, Courtney! I love them...and the chairs are wonderful with, or without, the pleated skirt..very French and beautiful! xo Diana

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  9. They turned out great Courtney! And I love your buffet deux corps! Vanna

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  10. I LOVE them and the chairs, Courtney! I think you did a great job and they look perfect to me!

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  11. The are beautiful, love the slips and that amazing candelabra in the first picture!

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  12. Love the chairs and the covers! Great job! Thanks for sharing!!

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  13. Ahhhhhhh! They're gorgeous! I love them!, and the little slips are wonderful!, you did a great job!, they couldn't be any prettier...

    Cindy

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  14. Oh Courtney, they are perfection!! I love, love, love them! Some of the prettiest chairs I've ever seen!!

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  15. Those chairs are beautiful. Since I have 2 teens and a big dog-I'll just admire them from afar.
    -Lynn

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  16. I love those chairs and slips! I'm wanting to make some for my dining room chairs too. Something just like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. Love them.... they turned out adorable.
    MaryAnn

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  18. Those really turned out beautifully! I admire anyone who can sew a slip cover. I know they're not easy, and you did a fabulous job! I will be back Thursday, I've already linked up! Marcia

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  19. Love your chairs Courtney and the addition of the slipcovers is perfect.

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  20. You did an amazing job on these chairs, Courtney! I love them! I can't sew to save my life...but I do have a ton of drop cloth from a runner I made {with fabric tape}. I wish I had your talent!

    XO,
    Jane

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  21. Oh, I am in love with those chairs and the slip covers you made are fantastic!!! Timeless charm and elegance!!!!

    Hugs,
    Lana

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  22. That is one sweet chair and adorable ruffled skirt! Thanks for sharing your lovely photos. I'm inspired to find some similar chairs. Can you believe I gave away a complete French Provincial dining set in my pre-blogging days?!! Whatever was I thinking!

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  23. Just beautiful... very romantic

    Pattie

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  24. Courtney they look beautiful! You make it sound easy and they look georgous!
    Sherry

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  25. Wow Courtney! I am so impressed. They are absolutely adorable. Bravo for taking on the challenge of making these.

    Heather

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  26. These look great! And your photos are dreamy as usual. Great job.

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  27. Oh what gorgeous chairs! Love the carved backs...perfect!

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  28. Beautiful Courtney and so romantic and chic.

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  29. Courtney, I love your chairs. They are so pretty, and you did an amazing job on the little slips :D Your photos are *to die for*, too....

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  30. Stunning chairs, Courtney! Perfect in those gorgeous slipcovers! x

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  31. I am in love with your chairs, just gorgeous!
    Thanks for linking!
    XOXO
    Kristin

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  32. Very pretty! You did a great job on these chairs!

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  33. Every single one of those photos should be in a magazine Courtney! I mean...seriously! You managed to not only capture the beauty of the slipcovers but also practically tell a story...does that sound weird? It's getting late and my comments get more strange as the night goes on! Lol! All that to say that you did a fabulous job my friend. :-)
    Vanessa

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  34. Beautiful! I've got a couple drop cloths stashed away for a rainy day :)

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  35. Courtney, I am in love with these chairs! I would love them in my home! Awesome job!
    hugs, Cheryl

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  36. Gorgeous job! Beautiful photographs!

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  37. Love these slips! That photo of the two chairs outside is fabulous. Stop by and link up if you have time. I'm loving the summer block party!
    Mary

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  38. Those turned out just beautiful Courtney!

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  39. i think they look great on your pretty chairs. i would love to find a couple of chairs like those!

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  40. I love the chairs and your vision everywhere else. Beautiful blogging, my dear!

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  41. Just sweet! I love this look too! Great job on those flirty skirts!

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  42. Hi Courtney, you did a beautiful job on the slip covers, love the whole look, Celeste, victoriantailor.com

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  43. Sooo pretty!!! Looks like the pages in a magazine!!
    You just never know what you can do until you try!! And nobody would've known that you weren't a pro :)) Good job!
    LOVE FROM TEXAS!!!
    ~~Michella~~
    www.michellamarie.com

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  44. All I can say is oooh la la! So perfectly french!
    Blessings & Hugs,
    Karen

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  45. I need these for my back porch!! I posted these on Cedar Hill's Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Cedar-Hill-Ranch/194162480629331

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  46. Courtney, I'm lovin the layers of ruffles too. What a beautiful table. The little bistro chairs are the perfect compliment. ~ Sarah

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  47. Hi Courtney, Your slipcovers are gorgeous! Love them.
    ~ Julie

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  48. Courtney, this is beautiful! I just finished repairing and repainting a chair - this is what I envisioned for a seat pad! Love the ruffles -
    Hope you have a great weekend,
    Kathy

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  49. Just found your site. So much inspiration...I'll be busy for a year. I'll continue to read.

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  50. Courtney, this is sooo beautiful, I love this chair model..great work..

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  51. Oh I LOVE them!! I want to make some for my dining room chairs now! Thanks for joining in on Show and Tell!

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  52. Courtney,
    How pretty! They look perfect on your chairs. You did a good job on them. Thanks for linking it up!
    Sherry

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  53. Ahhhh..... so sweet.... I just passed up a set of four wonderful chairs, at a garage sale, for $35.... still smacking myself.....

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  54. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your flirty little chair.

    Cheri

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