This busy mom and teacher had a beautiful unique couch that she had purchased before two kids and two pets came along. It has a wood frame with a neutral colored linen cushions and back. Thankfully slipcovering the cushions would be a perfect solution to breath new life into the couch, give it a whole new look and be removable to easily wash as necessary. She was looking for a simple solid color that would work with the original color of the couch so that she did not have to slipcover the back.
I found the perfect linen rayon blend at Jo-Ann’s that hit all the criteria. It was washable, charcoal gray, and had coordinating fabrics that we could incorporate to transform the whole ensemble and room. The linen shrank quite a bit after the initial prewash so I washed it again to be safe. The original fabric had a nice sheen to it, so be aware, that even if it says it is washable, you will loose that nice stiff feeling and pretty sheen….but you have a nice durable washable fabric.
With the six cushions behind me, I was anxious to redo the wood side chair and accent pillows that would pull it all together. The chair’s seat was removable so I would just recover the seat with the gray patterned fabric adding some the matching gray piping to tie it into the couch cushions. The back however, had a wood trim and arms that we didn’t necessarily want to completely cover. I simply made a piping-trimmed cut-around on the arm to give it a clean line and added a Velcro closure on both sides for easy removal.
A few accent pillows in a steel blue linen and matching print and wallah! What do you think?
Gray is such a wonderful backdrop color that goes well with so many different accent colors. It she decides she wants to change it up in a few years, it’s no big deal to change out the fabric on the chair and pillows. I love the versatility of slipcovers.