Thrifty Seniors and Creative Ideas …

Like many of you I have always been thrifty.  Some of that comes from necessity but a lot of it has to do with growing up in the Depression years.  It was then that I first felt the joy of creating something without spending a lot of money.   I have done that all my life and here is my most recent  example…Chair


I was given 6 of these sweet kitchen chairs. They were firm and comfortable  but had been painted an ugly green.  I gave them 2 coats of this soft caramel color and then embellished them with a design that I liked. They were almost ready to use but I needed to add cushions for comfort.

I went on line and found some very nice ones.  However, when I totaled up what it would cost for 6 of them my old New England thriftiness kicked in and I decided I really didn’t want to spend that amount of money for something that I could do myself. I found an inexpensive piece of material on sale at our local fabric shop and that was all I needed to buy since I already had plenty of filling on hand.

After I finished the cushions I realized that they looked good but were very slippery. I had visions of my elderly friends coming

for lunch and ending up on the floor so I went in search of some chair grippers.   Once again my thrifty side took over when I saw a 4×6 RUG GRIPPER  and realized that I could cut that into 6 2×2 squares. I just needed to cut off the corners and they would fit the round cushions…


…and it worked perfectly.   I  sewed them to the back of the cushions and they really do the job.  There’s no slippage now and, best of  all, with everything included it cost me less than $3 per cushion !!!

I’m sure that you have wonderful creative and thrifty projects too and I hope you will share them with us.

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