Friday, February 5, 2010

Slipcovering Chairs

These chairs need some serious help:

They were destined for the dumpster, but I saved them from their fate and gave them a second home in my little apartment. I was never in love with the green striped fabric, but figured it was in good enough condition for them to be sitting in our living room until they could be reupholstered.

Halloween passed... chairs still green.
Thanksgiving passed ... still that ugly green stripe!
Christmas... do I even need to say it...
The clock struck 12 and 2010 rolled in - but the chairs were still green!
Now its February and I need to do something with them.

The longer the chairs sit here in my living room, the more that green just annoys me! And the truth about what has been holding me back from making a quick decision? Well a few things...

1. I don't know any good upholsterers around here.
2. I'm not sure that reupholstering is the best idea. These aren't "forever" chairs. They're just here for now. They solve a problem (we need additional seating) and they were free. Basically, I don't want to invest a ton of money in them.
3. I can't decide on a fabric! This should be an easy decision for an interior designer, but I blame it on seeing too many fabric options over the course of one day. Keep in mind my small budget, and that I don't want something that is too trendy. No Chiang Mai Dragon or Imperial Trellis. Love them, but they're so overdone! And no more white upholstery. Our sofa is white and most of the walls are white (renters... so we can't paint).

Those three big reasons make me think that I need to stick to slipcovering the chairs. No frumpy country granny slipcovers though. Definitely fitted, fresh, and maybe even a little sassy? They can be girly, because they won't always be in the living room. Though, Michael did suggest that we put them at the heads of our future farmhouse dining table (Yeah, we still need to find one of those... one day). I'm loving that idea though.

So, dear readers, I want to hear your ideas. Do you have any favorite fabrics? How do you see these recovered? Do you see long skirts on these, or something short and sassy? Maybe with a box pleat? And what about details? Contrast cording? Buttons? Since I'm snowed in, this is the perfect weekend for me to start thinking about these chairs. You send me your ideas and I'll start working on the slipcover design. Can't wait to hear your ideas!

UPDATE: Just searched slipcovers in my google reader and found a link to this homemade slipcover created by this amazing seamstress/blogger:

Found here

I hope mine comes out looking something like this! And I'm rethinking white. Its so lovely, and as I was saying before, the chairs won't always be right next to the sofa.

1 comment:

Eddie and Rachael said...

I definately think you should do white, short and sassy with box pleats! I've promised myself some of the same "girly" chairs when I find some off craigslist. but I don't have the skills to make them myself like you do!