Thursday, March 10, 2011

Slipcovering an old Lounge Chair

It's done! You may remember that one of my plans for this year was to try and take an upholstery class so I could reupholster this old chair. It belonged to my parents who bought it when they first got married. They gave it to the hubs and I when we bought our first home when we were young and furnitureless.



I love this old chair, it's comfy and a good scale for our living room. Not to big or bulky, just right! And I thought it had good lines, just needed some new upholstery. Well, I have yet to take an upholstery class but decided slipcovering would be a good option. I searched and searched for quite some time for just the right fabric for it.

The first thing I did was cut off the old skirt to expose the wooden legs underneath.



Next I used an old sheet to make a template for each piece I needed. This is my most ambitious sewing project yet. I'm not a proffesional seamstress so I wanted to make sure I was doing this right. And I didn't want to risk wasting my nice fabric with any mistakes I might make. This also allowed me to line up the pattern where I wanted it.


After I cut all my pieces out of my new fabric I refitted them on the chair again to find the lines I was going to sew along.




Then sewed it all up! I am so proud and excited about this project I can barely contain myself.






And check out the cute wooden legs that have been hiding under the skirt all these years!





For details on how I did this check out my post here



72 comments:

Ange (Love From My Kitchen) said...

This looks so amazing! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Great job!

 Shelby said...

Rachelle...it looks AB FAB! A fun spring green pillow would give a super great punch of color, too! I'll keep my eyes peeled for a cute one! ;)

Please come over to my house now and reupholster everything I own. Thanks!

Robby said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! Incredible job! How I wish I knew how to do that!

Robby
http://downonsanford.blogspot.com/

Ellen said...

GORGEOUS!!!!!!

Stef said...

Absolutely love the chair. You did a great job. It gives me the courage to try reupholestering my two goodwill chairs.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Awesome! Did you remove the old fabric first, and replace with new fabric? Or did you cover the new fabric over the old one?

katie jean said...

This is fantastic!! I bet you do feel proud of yourself! I'm proud of you too :) And I love the fabric you picked out. Such a perfect pattern that looks so timeless. Well done!

gm glimmerglass said...

This is the COOLEST chair! It looks like an expensive piece of furniture.

I love how you had the vision to imagine it in it's new incarnation. You did a fantastic job and it's very inspiring.

Lisa said...

Looks fabulous! And that graphic fabric is right up my alley.

Alison H said...

I was just telling my mother that I **thought** I could do this! I see your success and am inspired! It is gorgeous!!!

Kate said...

Wow! Your chair looks great! I love the fabric you chose...I'm hoping to reupholster a similar chair for my son's nursery. Thanks for the inspiration!

Brandi said...

Oh my goodness Rachelle, You did a super job! Your chair turned out really great and I love the fabric you chose. Thanks so much for your comments on my chair!

Jessica @ Decor Adventures said...

Wow, it's just fabulous! Congrats to you for doing this. I did my first chair last year {and I already want to redo it - us decorators!}

Love that Dwell fabric too, I've been eying it.

Love your blog :-)

Nicole@ Black Cab Designs said...

I love the redo, your fabric choice is fantastic! Great job!

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Fantastic! Love the fabric choice!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Love! I just ordered a swatch of that fabric for a project I'm working on. Sadly, it's on back order. I'm dying to see if it will work with this project. Is the gray more of a charcoal than a blue/gray?

Ann@StylishOnceAgain said...

Wow, I think you did a fabulous job! I just finished my first slipcover also.

Meg said...

Wow! What a difference! I love this. It turned out so great! You did an AMAZING job for your first project! Congrats!

MELANIE said...

Rachelle Im visiting from the Freckled party and Im so glad I did. Im a so impressed with your chair makeover. The fabric is gorgeous and Ive always wanted to do this but dont really have that skill level. Im trying to get the courage to make a pull down slipcover for my 3x3 ottaman/coffee table. Any ideas? lol

Hope you will come visit me on my blogs as well. Im a new follower now too!

MJ
Lucky 7 Design
Mama J And Her Fashionistas

Juddie said...

Thank you for posting this! I'm just about to embark on a similar project with no previous experience and you've inspired me to just get stuck into it ... :-)

Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

Wow! A fantastic first effort! Very mid-century modern looking.

FrouFrouBritches said...

Oh my gracious!!!!! That looks amazing! You did a fantastic job and I loooove the fabric. Gorgeous!

Tanya said...

I'm so impressed. Your chair looks like it was professionally done. Looking forward to the tutorial1

Brittney said...

Looks great! I love the fabric and the wooden legs!

Jayna Rae said...

I am in love with the new found legs, and the chair in general of course. Great work! Congrats on making the top ten.

elyse said...

This is redic! I can't believe that is the same chair! You did an awesome job on the re up. It looks like a Ballard chair: Manchester chair

way to go!
(also way to go me for just now learning how to encode html links!)

Keetha Broyles said...

Goodness! Your first upholstery project and it looks like you're a PRO already!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Rachelle...

Ohhh...your chair turned out beautifully, my friend! What a talented lady you are! Thanks so much for sharing it with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Jena @ Involving Color said...

I LOVE the fabric you chose! The chair turned out great!

LC said...

WHERE did you get that fabric?? It's GORGEOUS!!! Great job on the chair.

Please let me know where I can fin it online like you did for $13/yard!

Thanks!
Lydia

Anonymous said...

wow, it looks amazing. i was thinking of using that dwell fabric for a chair makeover but worried it would not hold up to the two kids in my house. since i am investing in paying an upholster, do you think it is durable enough to last for a good while? would really love to know your opinion.

Hannah Jacklyn said...

wow, this came out great! totally love the fabric.

the cape on the corner said...

that fabric is fantastic for that chair. super super jealous!

Judy said...

You did such a great job. I love the fabric choice. I have been a follower for a while now. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back. I also have a link party going on right now...this would be an awesome post to link up. I can't wait to get more details on how you created this.

Condo Blues said...

It looks completely different. Nice job!

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

I love your beautiful slipcover. The fabric is gorgeous and you did an amazing job. I wish I could slipcover.

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

LOVE THIS! Come on ova' and link up to my Linky Party! xoxokara


*ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

Aaron said...

I can't believe that's the same chair! Uh-mazing!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I can't believe this is the first time you've done a project like this. It turned out so fantastic. I adore the fabric you chose for it. It went from ugly to retro-fabulous.

Little Miss Penny Wenny said...

Visiting from Wow Us Wednesdays... LOVE the chair! You did an amazing job. That was a huge project to tackle for a first time project. I love the fabric you chose, and love that you removed the skirt. It looks like a perfectly snug fit. Re-upholstering is actually in my opinion much simpler than sewing slip covers. I am in the process of a series of tutorials for re-upholstery basics, if you wanna check it out, stop on my! Great work :)

Heidi @ Honeybear Lane said...

Wow, seriously amazing job!!! I can't even really tell it's a slipcover, it totally looks like it's upholstered in that fabric. I just finished my first slipcover and I was super excited about it too! Here's the link to mine: http://www.honeybearlane.com/2011/03/my-wing-chair-slipcover-reveal.html

Heidi
www.honeybearlane.com

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

What a great transformation! You did an amazing job on your chair.

janet said...

Morning Rachelle,
Perfect timing on this post! I bought a fabulous chair at my local Salvation Macy's for $41.00!!! (worth $1,000) and I have plans to make a slipcover. I sew,but have never attempted a slip.

I think I am ready to dive in! Wish me luck.

Happy to have found your blog.

janet xox

http://theemptynest-janet.blogspot.com/
Stop by..I am having a fabulous Giveaway!

janet said...

Morning Rachelle,
Perfect timing on this post! I bought a fabulous chair at my local Salvation Macy's for $41.00!!! (worth $1,000) and I have plans to make a slipcover. I sew,but have never attempted a slip.

I think I am ready to dive in! Wish me luck.

Happy to have found your blog.

janet xox

http://theemptynest-janet.blogspot.com/
Stop by..I am having a fabulous Giveaway!

Andrea said...

Amazing job! It looks so fresh and mod now. Can't believe this was your first time doing this. Impressive!

Tru@TRU TALES FEATS said...

Visiting from My Repurposed Life. Very cool. Someday I'm going to attempt this.

Judy said...

I am so glad you stopped by and linked up this awesome post to my Swing into Spring party. Hope to see you again next week.

Kelsey@inspirationthief said...

I love the fabric you choose. The chair looks great!

Remodelaholic said...

I love the look of this! I love the fabric you choose and how clean and simple the cover looks! Totally updates the chair!

I would love to have you come and so a special guest post about this @ Remodelaholic if you are interested, let me know!

Thanks, Cassity

Sommer said...

Rachelle this turned out beautifully! You outdid yourself! Such talent. I'd love to have you link this to my VIP party today @ http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-7.html

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Congrats on doing such a great job in giving this chair new life. I LOVE the results. Your fabric choice is excellent.

Warmly, Michelle

Jaclyn said...

Wow! that is amazing! you did such an awesome job!! You have inspired me! I have an ugly colored chair that I want to keep and this just might be the way to keep it!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Amy@ Just Pleased as Punch said...

Love your chair redo! I featured it over at www.justpleasedaspunch.blogspot.com. Thanks for sharing!

Our Little Beehive said...

Oh my goodness this looks amazing! I slipcovered a couch in college with those fuzzy vellux blankets, which was definitely wacky, but way better than what is was before.

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

Thank you for linking this up at Whassup Wednesday! I hope to see you again this week :) Great Post!

xoxokara

Amenities Design said...

Wow - awesome job! I've always wanted to tackle a project like this but have been a little intimiated. Love the fabric and the modern lines of the chair. Gorgeous!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Hi! I found you at Sunday Showcase and I think this is incredible! I am currently in love with this fabric in the citrine color. I also found the best price to be Fabric.com. You make it seem so easy but I have a feeling it wasn't. I'd love to try this. I'm glad I discovered your blog and look forward to looking around. ~Ann

abeachcottage said...

Wow! What a beautiful chair. You did a wonderful job. Love the pattern and the color of the fabric you used. Well done.

Kathy said...

This is beyond fantastic, you've got yourself a new career!

Shannon said...

WOW! I am in total awe of you and your amazing recovering skills! I've wanted to cover our love seat but am way too scared to tackle it.

Your chair turned out perfectly - I love the fabric you chose. It looks like a professional did it! And brilliant idea to use a sheet to test out your pattern!

shannonsews.blogspot.com

Judy said...

I featured your amazing project at my Swing into Spring party today. Please stop by and pick up your "I've Been Featured" button. Thanks.

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

amazing! you did such a great job!
gail

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

I featured you this week at my Hookin Up with HoH party!

Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like!

~Allison @ House of Hepworths

Nikki said...

Oh my! I L.O.V.E. this chair...Genius how you changed the direction of the fabric on the side and the front of the cushion! That added the best dimension! Awesome Job!

Tammy @ Type A said...

wow., not gonna lie, jealous. which i could do that! thanks for linking this to my party!

Kristine: Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

That is really amazing! Feel free to drop it off anytime..lol.

I wished I was able to do that. You are one talented lady.

Kristine

Donnie said...

Great job and you almost made it look easy. Loved the material.

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts said...

Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - I featured you yesterday!! - - Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

What a wonderful transformation! You did such a good job! I love the fabric you chose

Erica said...

You did an amazing job on this one. Very nice choice of color too!

eames lounge chair

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

there is NO way that is the same chair! my jaw dropped!!! amazing!!!!

Amy of The Salvage Collection said...

okay, you should be VERY proud cuz this is an amazing redo!

bet your parents love it, too!

amy