I know that my house usually looks clean and tidy in the pictures I share here and on social media. And, I will admit, that I am a bit of a neat freak. I generally like to clean and I love having a spotless, organized, and clutter-free home. But, life happens here. I have middle school boys, a dog, two cats, and a husband who has a higher mess tolerance than I do. Trust me, there are parts of our house that are not pristine!
One of the more visible non-pristine areas were the seats of the end chairs at our kitchen table. These are well-loved and well-used chairs and they were looking pretty rough. I was even a little embarrassed by them when we had people over because they looked so grungy. That’s just my own silliness, though. I doubt anyone ever really cared.
The chairs are still in fantastic shape, so chair slipcovers were the perfect solution. These chairs are going to get spilled on again, so washability is important. You can find the tutorials for making a slipcover like this below…
And here is how the chair slipcovers turned out…
First of all, I absolutely love working with this fabric. It has great texture and is the perfect weight for a slipcover and light upholstery. The best part is that I got it on sale for $6.50/yard. I needed 2.5 yards/chair, so these cost me less than $35 for both chairs.
Another nice thing about linen is that it dries quickly. If there is a spill, I can wipe it up with a damp cloth and it’ll dry in less than an hour. I can wash the entire slipcover, but I like that I can spot-clean between washings.
This chair shape is tough for a slipcover to stay tightly in place, especially when squirmy boys are sitting in them. Most slipcovers are held in place by seat and back cushions and even having arms helps, but this is one big L that shifts relatively easily. They stay on, but I have to adjust them now and then. The wings are also so small that the fabric doesn’t sit back in them as it would on a larger wing chair. Given the challenges with the chair shape, I’m happy with how they turned out.
The ties in the back and the mini skirt are my favorite parts.
And yes, the cats love these ties! They climb up the backs of the chairs and back down again and then bat at the ties. The fabric has held up to all of it well so far! It helps that it has a nubby texture, so any additional snags just blend in.
That’s one more project checked off the list! I have two other chair slipcovers to make and I started working on them over the weekend. It helps me to make all of the pieces (the piping, etc.), so I just have to assemble. Breaking a larger project down into smaller pieces prevents me from getting too overwhelmed. All I need to do today is this piece and the rest can wait for another day. This is counter to my just-get-it-done-as-fast-as-I-can personality, but I end up doing higher quality work because I’m not rushing when I start to get sick of it.
That’s how things get done. One piece at a time.