I can definitely tell it’s January. Once everything is neatly put away for the next ten to eleven months for Christmas, things are looking a little stark. With this clean slate, you start to reimagine a space and want to fill it with something new. Everyone is thinking about refreshing, renewing and (applaud)…repurposing.
Before Christmas I picked up this beautiful and comfortable second-hand chair from a client that she found for a steal. It could definitely slide into any decor with its creamy solid fabric that was still in excellent condition with very little wear or soiling. But sometimes you just want a little more. That’s where I come in. Emily didn’t have to think too hard about what fabric she wanted. She had already used this “Fawn” printed fabric from Hobby Lobby on some dinette chairs seat cushions.
It washes beautifully with very few wrinkles so if need be, she can remove it, wash it and slip it back on. The print and color fit perfectly into her beautiful neutral color scheme that is throughout the main level of her home.
This chair had a couple of questionable design elements to consider, the large scrolled arms and the attached back cushion. My client wanted to keep the casual look of the arms so I created a slipcover with tucks around the arm curve and with the help of self-cording, followed the flow of the side.
The other challenge was what to do with the attached back. I had two options. 1. Detach the pillow case, leaving a fabric hole in the back, though it would be covered with the slipcover. 2. After removing the pillow case with stuffing (did you know that there is a zipper on the bottom?), flatten the case and tuck into the back. I decided to start with the second option to see if that would work so if she ever wanted to back to the original fabric, she could easily do it. And it did.
Finishing the chair with a corded bottom really leaves the chair looking like it’s been reupholstered but with the flexibility for change and cleaning.
When I brought the chair back to Emily’s house this week, she had a space all ready for it where the Christmas tree had been. Once placed it was like it was always meant to be there and gave the corner of the room a subtle punch of personality. The nice thing is that she could still slide this chair into any corner of her house and it would look great and fit right in with her design.
Do you have a piece that you have been putting off updating? If you are wondering if it is a good candidate for a slipcover, I would be happy to help you decide.