Thursday, January 6, 2011

"W" is for Wing Chairs

 A wing chair makeover using drop cloths:

This project has been sitting in my mind for quite some time until recently when Rene at Cottage and Vine hosted a drop cloth linky party and that made me spring into action.

Total cost for this makeover = $33.
And I did two chairs.

I purchased 3 drop cloths for $10 each and a fresh pack of staples for the staple gun.
Definitely worth every penny.

The before shot:


The during shot:


The after shot:


Here's how I did it:

I removed all the existing tape and sanded the wood trim.
(I never even moved the chairs out of the room for this project.)
Then I painted the wood (Behr Off White Semi Gloss) two coats.


I lightly sanded the paint to give it that worn look and started stapling on the drop cloth:



All fabric on and ready for trim:


For the trim I used an old white sheet and made long strips:


Ironed the raw edges inwards to make a thin (about 1/2" wide) strip:


And sewed down the middle on the front side as I pleated the fabric:


Time consuming - YES! But worth every minute because I got the look I wanted without spending a dime.
I was going for a something like this from Miss Mustard Seed.  Hers is a slipcover, however, my chair has all the upholstery attached therefore I knew my trim would need to be glued on and finished on all edges.

I used a hot glue gun and started gluing the trim on:



Back view


Loving the legs


The cushion is covered like a pillow and can be removed for washing.
See the underside has an overlapped opening.


Both chairs all freshened up


Detail of woodwork and trim:



Can we get a side by side?


A whole new look at a minor expense, that's my kind of project.


I'm linking up to:
 The Shabby Nest Visit thecsiproject.com

50 comments:

Love Being a Nonny said...

My word...this is fabulous!

vintage vine said...

You did a super job!!! Those chairs do not even look like the same chairs!! Keep up the great work.

Amy of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

"W" is for wonderful! And well done!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Wow, wow and wow. I love these chairs. You let me know if you ever get tired of them, ok? :) Great job and thanks for linking up.

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...
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Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

What a total transformation! You did a great job on the trim. Worth every minute! Beautiful!

Julie said...

GREAT job! Love them. Especially the pleated trim.

Katy said...

Oh my gosh I LOVE it! Would you mind telling me how you sewed that cover for the cushion? I have always wanted to recover a chair, but I'm imtimidated!

Nicole @ Black Cab Designs said...

Love it! Those turned out beautiful and you can't beat the cost. Great job!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

They are gorgeous!!!! You did an amazing job!

Restoration House said...

You did such an awesome job on these! I love the idea of doing the cushion with the overlapping closure instead of having to add a zipper! Thanks for the step by step instructions too!
Kim:)

Mel said...

Beautifully done.

I appreciate that you upholstered them rather than making a complete slip cover, which still elude me.

The trim is like the perfect pearl necklace with the perfect little black dress.

Inspired by you said...

"W" is for wow! They look great! I just love the color of the drop cloth with the white trim. You did such a great job!

Artichoke Alley said...

Wow is right! I love these and have a chair in the garage I think I just might get started on this weekend! Thanks for the inspiration!

time worn interiors said...

Your new chairs turned out amazing! Although that a lot of ruffle sewing! Great job!
Theresa
aka:tot

Jill said...

Well, that's one of the best before and afters I've ever seen! I too am obsessed with pleats and ruffles. Such detail for little money! Wonderful job! I just started a blog, would love you to stop by! So happy I found yours!
www.meandjilly.blogspot.com
Thanks!
jilly

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a fabulous makeover! I adore the trim.

Rachel said...

You did such an amazing job! I'm bookmarking this for reference!

Shannon said...

Gorgeous! I love the makeover. Good job
Shannon
www.akadesign.ca

Robby said...

Soooo classy! I love wingback chairs and I'm always impressed with people who can reupholster furniture; looks really scary to me!

http://downonsanford.blogspot.com/

Jen said...

These are fantastic! I love the trim, so clever and no one would ever know that it was made from old sheets. What a clever and thrifty makeover.

www.LittleMissPennyWenny.blogspot.com

Rene said...

Thanks for sharing these with me Jaime! OMgoodness you did a great job! I will definitely be sharing these.

Enjoy your weekend!

-Rene

Carol said...

Love the chairs!! I have a wingback that I want to do something with this winter. You've given me a great idea!!!

Dixie Delights said...

Those are amazing! I'm so inspired. I love the look of your drop cloths. Can you share where you bought them? How many did you need for the two chairs? Thank you so much for the pictures and the information!! Amanda

www.dixiedelights.blogspot.com

Benn's Wife said...

That looks great!

Jaime said...

Amanda, The drop cloths are from Home Depot and I used just over 2 of the 9' x 6' size.
Jaime

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Oh my! Everybody else is right! This is so gorgeous and the pleated trim is just phenomenal! I love it! It's getting bookmarked right now so I can come back and visit it all the time. Just amazing!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Amazing, and only $33.00? Wonderful job on them!

Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

Wow! What a transformation! I would have never thought of using drop cloths to re-upholster a chair! It looks amazing!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

These chairs look fantastic. Seeing you do this makes me really want to try reupholstering something of mine.

driftwoodesign said...

Classy looking chairs. Interesting trim at a great price!

Lori said...

I think that trim is wonderful! I will definately be using that idea. The chairs are super!

Heidi said...

Amazing! I wished you lived closer and I would hire you in a red hot minute to do my two chairs. I love the drop cloth, but the trim makes the chair! I have down some recovering but I can't do the sewing part...
:)Heidi

House Revivals said...

Your chairs are beautiful! I especially love your creative pleated trim!
~Amanda

Kate @ The Gaines Gang said...

I am at loss for words! This is stunning...I am on the hunt for me some wingback chairs just like that!

Great job!

brittmorse said...

BEAUTIFUL!

Stephanie said...

I see that Miss Mustard Seed already put first dibs on them darn it! These are so unique and beautiful, just love them.

Jennifer said...

I love it and I am way jealous and inspired! Great job.

Katie said...

Visiting from Better After, and I'm totally in LOVE with those chairs!! Such a beautiful idea!

Katy said...

Oh I love this... such a good job! *pats on the back* You are inspiring me to do something similar!

Sheree Flick Photography said...

My style to the T! Thank you for inspiring me, now I'm off to find a wing back chair! :)

shalynn said...

this is one of the most fabulous make overs i've ever seen! my only question is how you sewed the cushion so well? you need to post a tutorial!!!!

Linda said...

That is awesome!! I have an antique chair I've been pondering how to upholster---you've inspired me!

chair up said...

That's incredible! Most people would be too scared to even have ago much less improvise with the trim. Fatastic job.
Visiting from Addicted2Decorating and now following :o)
Angex

Kelli Pruiett said...

Beautiful!!! Where did you get the drop cloths for $10?

Sara said...

Wow, that's impressive! Awesome job!!

Ruth H. said...

That is amazing! I love the simple pleated trim. I'm sure it was time consuming, but it gives the chair such an unexpected touch of boutique flair. I am extremely impressed.

FlyAwayHome said...

You are so brave... these chairs turned out beautiful

A.S.A.P. ~ As Southern As Possible said...

Those are ABSOLUTELY amazing!!!! Thanks to you, I will now think twice about "ugly wingback chairs" on craigslist!! :) thanks for sharing!!
visit me over at southernnessandsassafrass.blogspot.com

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my gosh.... I have a wing chair to slipcover... I so wish it was like yours.... these are YUMMY!

Warm blessings,
Spencer

PS... thanks for the tip on the pleated trim. I'll be doing that on something soon.