Sewing slipcovers is not my very favorite thing to do, so I saved these until the very end. I kept looking at them, debating if I should just upholster them, which would be much faster or if I should push through and sew the slipcovers. I had a vision for them from the very beginning…ticking slipcovers with ties and ruffled skirts. I knew if I did anything different than that, they would look “off” to me and I would be disappointed that I didn’t just get it done the way I planned. So, I pinned myself down on Thursday and worked on making that vision happen.
Here’s how they started… They were sturdy, the wood is gorgeous and the upholstery was in good shape. Of course, I needed to add my touch, though!
I made the slipcovers out of a ticking duvet cover that was dated 1913, so both the chairs and the fabric are over 100 years old. They way they are put together, though, gives them an update.
The ruffles and ties are my favorite part. As I was ruffling I told my mom, “I don’t have a little girl, so I have to play dress-up with my chairs.”
The ties were probably the most time consuming part, since I had to make 16 of them, but I would cut and sew them and then my mom would turn them right-side-out and iron them. It was a huge help.
I love how they turned out and wish I had a place for them in my house! I don’t, so they are coming to Lucketts this weekend. The pair is priced at $250.
And speaking of chairs, we have 14 upholstered French chairs coming to the market with us (and a cane-back sofa). I’ve never taken on so much upholstery for one event. And I still have 6 chairs waiting in the wings. I just had to draw the “I’m done line” somewhere and 14 chairs was enough. I always wrap my upholstery up in plastic when moving it, so it stays nice and clean. Kriste worked on that as I was finishing the slipcovers. She wrapped each one up with such care, like she was tucking children into bed. We’ve had some help along the way, but Kriste and I have worked so long and hard and we want to make sure everyone gets there safely!
A few of my own personal chairs are coming with us to the sale, like the pair of end chairs that were in my dining room (you can see the back of one in the picture below)…
…and this chair…
Unfortunately, one of my sons knocked it over, so the back of the frame cracked. We did repair it, so it is functional, but because of the damage, it’s priced as an “as-is” bargain at $100.
Here is the cane-backed sofa, which is priced at $285…
(You can check out the full sofa makeover HERE.)
And I have one more pair to share…
PS – Happy mother’s day to my mom and all mothers out there!
(That’s my mom and Kriste at Lucketts last year.)