A couple of months ago, I wrote in asking for suggestions on remaking two shabby looking chairs Chad and I picked up at a yard sale — on our wedding day. To refresh your memory, here’s the before picture.
We stripped off the black paint, sanded, and recovered with a glossy white. Note the saggy, lumpy cushions. After peeling off five layers of fugly fabric, I discovered they weren’t just lumpy, but also moldy. Though many of you offered suggestions on making your own cushions (through sites like foam by mail), I decided to do these properly, and found an upholsterer nearby (Classic Interiors) to make them for us. Deciding on the fabric — that was the hardest part! Because the living room of our cottage is basically a clean palette (all creams and whites now), whatever color we went with on the chair would have a BIG impact on the room. After seriously considering a bunch from Hable Construction, Marimekko and the Q Collection, we settled on this lovely red damask by Rob Allen. I love the big, bold repeat pattern, and the striation that makes it look hand-printed. Not to mention, compared to everything else I was looking at, this was cheap — about $35/yard. In the end, making the cushions and having them covered turned our $20 chairs into an investment (they were about $400 each). But now we have two chairs that aren’t just comfortable, they’re the centerpiece of our room. — Angela M.