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Kitchen Bench Fabric chosen….

After much deliberation, I chose the fabric for our kitchen bench. It was quite comedic really. I had dozens of samples of neutral linen tones all on the table. I was scared of making the wrong decision. The fact that they were all VERY similar in tone made it a bit ridiculous that I had so much trouble, but I really did not want a repeat of my first blunder. In the end, I finally just went with my gut.

Armed with multiple samples from OutdoorFabrics.com, I went with an unlikely selection from my initial picking, going with a fabric style called Dune, by Sunbrella. Online, it looked very dark, but once in our house, I really loved the look.

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We figured we needed 6 yards to do the bench but I ordered 8, just to be safe. And today, my huge bolt of fabric arrived via UPS. Along with a lovely $62.00 import charge. Aubrey was not too pleased when the delivery man asked for his credit card, as this brought the fabric yard cost (when you add it all together, including shipping) to be around the $30 mark. Oops. That was not the plan at all. I was really trying to stay well, well below that. The saving grace is, is that the fabric looks amazing. When I laid out the fabric on the bench, I was really happy that Aubreys first words were….”It looks perfect.” (Sigh of relief)

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(Ok, time to change the tulips on the table!)

Above is how it looks on the bench. I know, it looks kind of plain, but it’s perfect to me. 🙂 My next step is to add some pretty colourful cushions, which I *may* leave off my to-do list until after baby.

Now that we have the fabric, it’s time to actually make the cushion.

Mom offered as you know, to “remake” the cushion for me, but she’s not too fond of dealing with zippers, especially when it’s an 8 foot long cushion. So I’m bringing the bench cushion, and fabric, to MacFab here in Toronto, as their quote for sewing, with piping and a zipper, is $125 which I felt was very reasonable. It’s worth it in my mind to have the luxury of taking off the cover, to be able to pop it into the wash (which I’m able to do with Sunbrella!)

So, the long wait on the fabric is over! 🙂

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Sunbrella Searching

Since I last posted about the hunt for our kitchen bench fabric, I’ve had some really nice correspondences with the people from Sunbrella. They actually took the time to send me an e-mail, offering to help in our search after they saw our blog post. Umm….how nice is that – They just got a loyal customer for life on this end of the computer.

I’ve waited until we had figured somethings out before posting an update as I know that some people are also interested in finding out the answers to what we’ve been researching.

First of all, my highly anticipated Restoration Hardware samples came in the mail yesterday. And again, they didn’t disappoint. I loved them in-store, and I love them in my house. The Natural one (below) is much too light, but I adore the classic Linen. Surprise, surprise, I love Linen over here.

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If you want to fall in love, go into Restoration Hardware to see their outdoor line!

So, I do love that fabric still. But, it may be all a mute point. Although they are branded as Sunbrella fabric, we’re likely not going to actually find that fabric in any store. Read on.

There have been 2 issues that Sunbrella and I have been working on together.
Number 1- Finding that Restoration Hardware Linen Fabric and
Number 2 – Finding a place in Canada, or specifically Toronto that sells it.

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Restoration Hardwares Outdoor Line advertises that it is Sunbrella Fabric, but it turns out it’s “Exclusive” to Restoration Hardware. Buggers.

So here are the answers.

The Restoration Fabric – is exclusive to Restoration Hardware. *sigh* Ok, so that’s out the window. But I still have that sample above, and can bring it with me to stores to try to match the texture & weight.

Finding a store in Toronto, or even a Canadian online retailer has proven to be difficult. Some amazing readers of our blog have offered to buy the fabric for us from one of the stores in the US (oh my goodness, you are so awesome!) But my concern is that fabrics can very much vary from what you see online, to what they look like in your house. Like paint. So I’m someone that needs to order samples. (If they don’t ship fabric to us in Canada, they aren’t going to ship me a sample.)

However, knowing this dilemma, Sunbrella pointed me in the direction of OutdoorFabrics.com.
Sunbrella mentioned that they ship to Canada. You can even order samples from their site, which satisfies my anxiety over here. So, we’re getting a little warmer.

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Looking online, these are the ones that at first glance seem to match my love of Linen. I swear, I didn’t look at the names at first, 90% of them just “happen” to have Linen in the names. Again, go figure. But you can see how they vary very much from sample, to sample.

So, what’s the outcome of all of this?

I’m still hunting, but at least I have some samples of fabrics I love that I can bring with me to stores to try to match. I may even order some samples from OutdoorFabrics.com.

On a very positive note, Sunbrella has gone out of their way to help me in this search, responding to my e-mails within hours, which makes me want to find their brand of fabric that much more.