I know some of you really loved the red paisley chairs as they were and, I agree, they were pretty. I’m sure they were beautiful for the first few decades they spent on this earth, but now they were only pretty if you didn’t look too closely at them. They were stained, watermarked, smelled a little musty from years of accumulated dust. It was time.
And, well, the red just wasn’t working for me in this space. I wanted to stick with my cool blue, white and green color palette, with warmth coming from the wood finishes. Whenever I looked around this room, these chairs stood out as unfinished and not-quite-right. I think that’s mostly because I always envisioned them in a different fabric in my mind’s eye.
So, I finally took the time to remove those thousands of nails and even more staples and then reupholstered them in this yummy woven buffalo check fabric. It’s called Check Please by P Kaufmann in the color Lakeland. (It comes in other colors, too, including a black and cream.) I’ve admired this fabric for years, so I was excited to finally use it in my home and I love it on these chairs…
Again, they didn’t look ugly or dated or bad to begin with. They just didn’t work for me. Now, in my opinion, they flow with the rest of the space so much better.
I am particularly pleased with how the fabric and the wood frame on the chair play against the blue in the plates and the wood-tone of the vintage French kitchen clock. (My grandparents bought that clock in France when we lived in Germany and I was so happy to be able to get it from them when they passed away.)
I covered the full down cushion in an envelope-closure slipcover. I considered dismantling the existing cushion covers to use as a template and make the new covers with a zipper closure, but I just didn’t want to spend that much time on something that no one sees! An envelope cushion cover will work just fine for occasional chairs like these.
I finished the edges with custom-made double-welting trim.
It might sound odd, but this corner is one of my favorites in the house. I love the “back staircase” and the chair tucked in the corner under the clock. To me, it looks homey and the reupholstered chair completes it.
Next up for this area is to rip out the old, beige carpeting on those stairs! Oh, I can’t wait to kick it to the curb and give these pretty staircases a makeover.
For those who want to upholster a chair like this, here are links to the tutorials that will show you exactly what to do…