This poor hand-me-down wing chair has been hanging out in my stash for months. I tend to procrastinate when it comes to slipcovers and upholstery, if you haven’t figured that out, yet.
I can do it, but it’s not my favorite thing. I do it just because I like the end result and I have a hard time turning down a piece that just needs a little cosmetic love.
So, I gave myself a few pep-talks and worked on this chair slipcover in doses throughout the week until it was finally finished.
Here’s how it turned out…
It’s a really comfy chair with a pretty shape, but the fabric was the victim of some cat claws and looked a little tired. I made the slipcover out of my usual, antique hemp sheets.
This might be one of the hardest pieces I’ve slipcovered, because of the detail on the arms. Those were tricky! They aren’t perfect, but I’m happy with how they turned out.
I added twill ribbon ties in the back to make it easy to remove for washing.
If you’re interested in making a slipcover, you can check out my six part video slipcover tutorial HERE.
I folded an antique quilt over the back of the chair, just to add some color.
I also upholstered an ottoman that’s been hanging around in my basement for a few years. It was a great piece and well done, but it didn’t fit my decor, so it was caught in that too-good-to-get-rid-of-but-not-quite-right-to-use limbo. I think it’s just sad (and a waste of space) to let a good piece of furniture languish in a basement, so I finally decided to give it a makeover to make it suit my style.
(If I was pairing these together in a room, I would definitely paint the legs on the chair. Just an FYI.)
I used an antique grain sack for the upholstery and trimmed it with two rows of braided jute. The legs were raw wood, so I finished them with Antiquing Wax to add some warmth.
I have no idea what is going on with that monogram. Clearly, one side is an “I”, but I’m not sure about the other side! Maybe a “52”? Or the beginnings of a letter or the remnants of one?
It’s one of those things that I find sort of endearing. It has a little story to it and you have to guess what that story might be.
I decided to stage the chair with this sweet cabinet that is one of the first pieces I bought for Lucketts, so it may have been forgotten with all of the other furniture and finds I’ve been sharing. It’s such a sweet piece and is wearing its original soft white paint.
I really want to take this entire collection home with me and rearrange my house, but all of these pieces are already tagged and will be making the hour trip south to Lucketts with me in a week and a few days.
And, did you notice the flowers? I’m so please to share that they are off of MY “snowball bush” (aka viburnum bush) from my yard! I planted it last year and it is now weighed down with blooms. I just watered it, but still! I’m so proud of my little bush. I love how the blooms look like little hydrangeas.
I hope to plant a few more flowering bushes once things settle down after Lucketts and I’ll definitely pick up a couple more viburnum!
Tomorrow, I’m going to get some work done in the morning, but then I’m finally taking the time to get my hair cut and colored, so it’s nice and fresh for Lucketts. It’s about a month overdue!