I wish I could make decisions as quickly as my client Jacqueline can. She says it’s out of necessity and time. It has also been said that your first choice or instinct is usually the best one and we often way over think things. I know I do. Sometimes we just want to go out of our comfort zone and pick something that is not what we would normally pick but afraid to take the leap for fear we will have regrets. Choosing the right fabric for your slipcover project can feel like that especially because of the investment you are about to make.
Jacqueline was getting ready to move into a new house and as you do, you look at your furniture and try to see what will work in the new space and what wouldn’t. She dropped off two very different chairs that she’s had for a while but still were comfortable.
She knew she could find a corner or space in her new home but not in the condition they were in…dated red checked rocker and a worn golden toned tapestry chair. She quickly chose a print from Revolution Fabric, called Tangle. Jacqueline had a great instinct on this fabric because the finished product turned out great with this neutral tone-on-tone design that is a nice combination of sass and elegance.
To break up the pattern and to draw attention to some of the lines on the chair she opted for a solid tan fabric called Slipcover Twill also from Revolution Fabric. A simple corded bottom velcro’ed to the bottom of the chair, and a placket covered zipper allows for a neat, tight fit that looks upholstered but is easy to take off.
This particular fabric is washable, bleachable and dries in ten minutes, if you can believe it.
For the rocker, she picked a complimenting linen-looking high performance fabric from Revolution Fabric called Hailey. She wanted the same color of piping on the rocker as the chair and I think it was the perfect choice.
You could easily have picked a creamy white piping to understate it, but I like the fun bold look of the darker contrast and it ties in nicely to the other chair as well. A corner pleated skirt and side zipper complete this rocker and give it a fresh clean look that will fit where ever she wants in their new home.
If you are wondering where to start with fabric selection, check out my suggestions on preferred fabrics and then start looking at these different sources. I’m also available for a complimentary in-home consultation. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, follow you instinct and go a little wild. Remember, in the end, it’s what you love that matters.
This sturdy little side chair came to me in desperate need of a new dress. Originally an upholstered chair, it sported a very worn and ill-fitted, possibly shrunk, slipcover.
My client had already purchased and prewashed the heavy weight and large floral printed fabric, so when I got the chair and fabric, it was ready to go. I wanted to pay special attention to the layout of the floral placements on the arms, front back, seat and back so that that overall very wild floral print would be tamed a bit and settle on a spot. I had limited fabric to work with and when all was said and done, literally had scraps left.
The original slipcover had a side zipper however, due to the shape of the chair I suspected it wouldn’t be needed for easy removal with the proper “tuck-in” fabric allowances in the inner corners. I always like to try to get away with not installing a zipper if possible. I think it adds to the overall “upholstered” look of the slipcover.
A simple corded trim on the bottom of the chair finishes it off.
I actually took this chair project to my lake house to work on since I was planning on being there for over a week.
I was impressed with how this fabric selection fit so well into my decor and provided just the right pop of print and color no matter where I put it, in front of a black table, red door or my robin’s egg hutch. I love it and so did my client!
It’s been a busy summer of client projects, new granddaughter, trips, lake visits, festivals, and home projects. Now that fall is here my attention turns to fall decorating, rearranging furniture (again!…as my husband rolls his eyes and patiently goes along with my ideas), and smaller client projects all while anxiously waiting on the arrival of my fourth grandchild…but the first from my son! Stay tuned for a blogging catch up!
Have you ever inherited a piece of furniture that you felt obligated to keep but doesn’t fit your decor or color scheme? Or maybe you found a chair for a steal of a deal (or free) that would be perfect if only it had a different fabric. I have! I admit I have a slight compulsion (addiction) with this. I am constantly looking for pieces to rescue. For instance, right now I have two blue side chairs, a couple of barrel back office chairs, and some stools I snagged for super cheap that I thought still had potential. I am working on a couple of those projects now so stay tuned for an update on those transformations.
My daughter picked up this free upholstered rocker and ottoman from a mom’s group in Charlotte for the baby’s room. It was in perfect condition, except for the fact that it was a pale yellow stripe and very dingy (if you zoom in you can see what I mean).
Of course, my daughter looked past the outer shell and thought that her mom might be able to cover it. So she hauled it to the lake one week, I got to work, and in a couple of days she was able to bring it home with her completely refreshed …the chair that is.
I chose a vintage white bull denim from Big Duck Canvas. White, you say? Of course! Don’t be afraid to go light with slipcovers. This creamy soft white is a perfect color to coordinate with whatever color scheme you have. Or if you are like me and like to change colors and move furniture around often, it will go with anything.
Back Velcro Closure
As long as the fabric is washable and easy care, you can simply remove it and throw it in the wash. I preshrunk this fabric so it would be able to be washed frequently. A pair of arm covers would be an added bonus to lengthen the time between laundering.
The ottoman and chair would be a great addition in their new house and baby’s room whether it is a boy or girl. I can’t wait until July to find out!
Update: This chair will be perfect in a shiplap and pink floral inspired room….(it’s a girl).