There is a small furniture trend that you may or may not have tuned into – deconstructed upholstery.
Personally, I’m a fan. Not in every single case and definitely not for every room, but for just the right old piece, it’s a way to honor the makers of it – to put the hand-tied springs, basted burlap, and wood frame on full display, in all of its half-dressed glory.
I’ve been wanting to create this deconstructed look on a piece, but hadn’t met the right one, yet.
Well, that changed on Monday, when Kriste was stripping this pretty chair. I looked at the muslin and burlap and realized I really liked it. I said something to the effect of, “Stop right there!”
The muslin is a little too far gone on this piece, sadly, but I am planning to clean up the back and the frame and reupholster the front in antique hemp sheets. It’ll provide a comfortable place to sit, but retain that deconstructed look.
I’m really excited about the cushion on this chair. It’s a full down cushion, so it’s super soft and I love the relaxed look. I will make a cover for it, to protect the old fabric and filling.
I will most likely stain the frame, but I’m going to wait to see how it looks when it’s cleaned up.
So, we’ll see how it goes! The nice part is that I have to upholster the inside of a chair first, anyway, so if I get to that stage and it’s a big fail, I can just finish upholstering it properly.
I’ll be sure to share details along the way.
How about you? Are you a fan of the deconstructed look?
PPS – Your comments on this post are cracking me up!