My client brought me a couple of interesting and challenging projects to work on to kick-start the new year. She inherited these two great chairs from her grandmother. Chairs like this are worth the time and effort to update, giving them a new purpose and a fresh look. They were solidly built and held up well over the years, but were definitely in need of some attention, as you can tell by the fabric wearing through on the arms.
Her plan was to anchor the ends of her farm table with the chairs. She wanted to find a fabric that would coordinate with her Pottery Barn pillows and table runner and compliment the area rug; something fun and whimsical with a little pizzazz. She decided on a coral geometric print for the chairs and a dark rosy color for the piping and trim that matched the back of the pillows and complimented the table runner. I think the chairs will be a nice accent pop of color to her room.
This chair was not without its challenges, though. In order for the fabric to lay smoother on the curved interior tufted back of the chair, I decided to piece the back in three sections with contrasting piping to help with the matching of the pattern as best I could. I like the vertical lines it gave the piece, breaking up the pattern just enough.
The other feature we needed to consider was the beautiful wood arms and legs. A peak-a-boo arm and sassy short pleated skirt would ensure that we would let them show off. Instead of a zipper, she opted for a contrast panel opening in the back with a covered button closure.
Do you have an old chair that is hiding in the basement, attic or corner, or storage unit covered with stuff just begging for a second act? If you have small children or pets, if you want a new look without buying new furniture, if you want to change your color scheme, if the piece is solid and has good bones, and if you like repurposing the old and making it new again for a new space, then slipcovering may be a good option.
I get such joy seeing the transformation from the old discarded pieces of furniture to something that is joyfully placed back into the rest of the house to use and show off. I would love to do a piece for you.