Clothed At Last, Clothed At Last, Thank God Almighty…

March 16, 2009

I am not ashamed to admit that my idea of a good time on a weeknight is a martini and a date with Mr. Singer (my sewing machine). I am in love with him, but he is not that into me. I know he is not enamored with me because I lack sewing talent. I can thread the little guy, and run a straight stitch, but that’s all folks. Mr. Singer longs for a gal with better skills than mine. Nevertheless, I know enough to accomplish my next task: clothing the naked wall.


Meet my naked wall. Ever since the remodel of 2006 (the lost year), when we reconfigured our floorplan to incorporate a separate living room, this wall has taunted me. So exhibitionist in its nakedness, constantly reminding me that it lacked any coverings whatsoever. I would walk past it everyday, hanging my head *sigh*, holding fast to my “don’t decorate all at once, take your time, get it right” philosophy. But naked wall was wearing me down.


Ballard Designs is one of my go-to catalogue’s for inspiration. I saw them advertising a party table and custom slipcover option in burlap. Burlap. Okay, I know some designers are into it, but if you ask me, burlap belongs in a barn. I’m a soft texture kind of gal. [Don't de-friend me if you like burlap.] But it wasn’t their fabric choice that got me so much as the PRICE. For a 42″ square party table they’re asking $129. For the custom fabric tablecloth, they’re asking an additional <*choke, cough, gag*> $217 to $457. Um, I think that’s a crime in some states.

[Confession: this look is kind of gorgeous]

Here’s my party table (48″ x 24″) that’s been collecting cobwebs for a year in my garage. I purchased it last year at Home Depot for $20 to use for parties.


I went to the local fabric store and practically stole this gorgeous embroidered linen fabric on sale for $6 a yard (orig $15 a yard). I hemmed the bottom with what I call the “double foldover” hem job.


Then I cut the top piece, and just like making a slipcover, I attached the fabric pieces together with pins (inside out). A few seams and 90 minutes later, I had myself a custom tablecloth. Check out this beautiful embroidery in the fabric. I also added some bronze trim around the seam, just to up the ante.


Then I got my end chairs at my dining room table to file for legal separation from the rest of my dining room set. They were bored there anyway and needed some space. With a new makeover (see this post), my dining room chairs now sit next to my Ballard style table. A few weeks ago, I ordered a set of four Paris prints from JCPenney on clearance for $129 (with free shipping!) Iron the linen tablecloth, add a few decorative items, and voila !

I amuse myself and say this is all temporary of course, because I covet this sofa from Crate and Barrel for the same wall and someday will talk Mr. CG into this worthy investment.


Until then, I am glad naked wall is clothed at last.

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11 Responses to “Clothed At Last, Clothed At Last, Thank God Almighty…”

  1. Erin says:

    Thanks for stopping by Fierce Beagle! I love the funny little connections made through blogging–good luck with your little Ethan. I’m bookmarking your blog immediately.

  2. Jen says:

    I’m sure the naked wall feels much more dignified now that it’s properly ‘dressed’ =-) Looks terrific – I love Ballard too!

  3. [email protected] says:

    I love it! I just found your blog via G+D and I’m really enjoying my visit!

  4. Freckles Chick says:

    Absolutely chic! I adore the Paris prints and the new table skirt. But those chairs you just redid! Oh my! They’re breathtaking.

  5. Monica says:

    Nice job! What a great idea to cover a cheap table. Love the Paris theme too.

  6. Anna Lindsey Sailer O'Reilly says:

    Gorgeous, great job!

  7. Sarah says:

    Gorgeous refab job! I love it!

  8. erika says:

    looks great kate!!

  9. DENISE says:

    I find you fabulously creative and did a short feature of you on my blog. I adore your site and have saved it as a go-to for design :)

  10. Barbara says:

    Me too, me too! (the love affair with the machine who toys with our affections but thinks, no, KNOWS he is too good for us!). I can only hope that when my Mom looks down from “up there” that her first thought isn’t “oh no, why doesn’t she just give up with the sewing thing?”, but “Hmmm, maybe something did sink in” :)

    Thank you for all of your inspiration, you’re terrific, really!

  11. Jeannette says:

    Hi, I’m wondering what this wall looks like now, almost 2 yrs later. Have you posted an update? Thanks for all your inspiring posts!

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