Sunday, April 19, 2015

Vintage Chair Makeover

I know, I this time you all must be thinking that I have an incredibly weird obsession with chairs.

You're probably right.

But let me tell you about my latest chair makeover. When we moved to Georgia last June, we actually got rid of a bunch of our old furniture. (Mostly because it didn't fit in the moving van.) So when we arrived here we scoured the yard/estate sales and picked up some really nice antiques and vintage pieces.

One of which was this Queen Anne style armchair. It's in perfect condition (even the fabric) but a bit, shall we say....dated. Which is fine, I can always look past the fabric to the bones of a good piece of furniture. We bought it and I spent several months searching for just the right piece of fabric.

Which I finally stumbled upon at a great local antique store called Junkology.  A gorgeous vintage cut velvet stripe in fun, bright colors. I fell in love as soon as I saw it. 

I knew when I bought it that it wouldn't be enough to do the whole chair, so I paired it with a matching dark grey velvet from Forsyth Fabrics in Atlanta.

Once I had the fabrics, I spent a day stripping the chair down to its bare bones and touching up some nicks in the finish.

I used the grey fabric along the bottom front.

Then the striped fabric for the inside of the arms.

And of course, the stripes on the center front. How fun is this fabric?!

Then I used the grey fabric for the outside of the arms.

And the stripes again on the back. Since this chair doesn't sit against a wall, the back is very visible.

To finish the edges, I made cording with the striped fabric and hot glued it over the raw edges.

For the cushion, I used the grey fabric for the top and bottom and striped along the edge. At this point I was giddy with delight at the chair, not to mention the fact that all my throw pillows coordinated beautifully with it, and I was all set to be done.


I remembered that I had bought a little footstool for $10 in "as is" condition from IKEA. Since I had just enough fabric left, I went and dug it out of the garage. (And this is where my picture taking got a bit hit or miss, sorry)

It was 2 pieces , this lower wooden base with a cushion on top. I covered the base with a layer of poly batting and covered it in the striped fabric.

Then I used the remaining fabric for the cushion top and sides.

Adorable!! And, my daughter pointed out that it was just the right size for her to sit on while I brush her hair. Which makes it even more exciting because that means she will voluntarily get her hair brushed, right??

Here is the finished set. I am so in love with this chair and its fun and funky footstool! (Hey, I'm rhyming today!) I love the way bright colors and the big, bold stripe compliment the lines of the chair. 

I may even eventually let people sit in it!

Hope you all have a great week! 

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