It was inevitable. Dearest looked at me as I was preparing to slipcover this chair and said, ‘Are you going to slipcover or paint everything in this room?’ Well….nearly! I have one more chair to slipcover then the living room transformation will be complete!
The Chair Before
We’ve had this chair for many, many years. We purchased this chair, the couch (now slipcovered) and the recliner – next in line – when we purchased our previous house in 1996! These pieces of furniture are well made and fit the previous English Cottage decor style.
New Decor Style…New Look
The transformation began with painting the walls gray. The complimentary colors are blues, beiges and browns. This chair needed a whole new look.
I selected a number if different fabrics for all of the sewing projects for this room. I loved the soft color and the design on this fabric.
I began by cutting out a piece for the back and for the front – with the front having a couple extra inches for tucking into the seat cushion. I pinned the fabric – reverse side out – following along the curves of the chair’s back. I sewed that line together. I then measured out the seat attaching the fabric to the front. I allowed for enough fabric to fall along the sides.
Attaching the sides
I cut around the arm both at the top and at the seat giving enough fabric to turn under and for a seam. I sewed a seam for each flap then added ribbon to tie the sides together. For the arm, I cut out a strip long enough to have a seam at the front and to fit underneath the front/back cover. I stapled the fabric to the underside of the chair’s arms.
I decided to give the slipcover a short skirt to allow the beautifully carved legs to show.
The finished Slipcover
The slipcover complements well with the new colors on the walls and the other recovered and painted pieces of furniture. The projects I’ve completed are: painting the walls, recovering chair cushion, re-upholstering chair, painting bench, painting table, recovering the ottoman and slipcovered couch. I have a few more projects to then be able to show you the whole room reveal. From English Country to French Country…I’m loving the serene new look.