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:

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

    ReplyDelete
  2. 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.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This comment has been removed by the author.

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

    ReplyDelete
  5. GREAT job! Love them. Especially the pleated trim.

    ReplyDelete
  6. 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!

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

    ReplyDelete
  8. They are gorgeous!!!! You did an amazing job!

    ReplyDelete
  9. 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:)

    ReplyDelete
  10. 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.

    ReplyDelete
  11. "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!

    ReplyDelete
  12. 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!

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

    ReplyDelete
  14. 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

    ReplyDelete
  15. What a fabulous makeover! I adore the trim.

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  18. 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/

    ReplyDelete
  19. 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

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

    Enjoy your weekend!

    -Rene

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

    ReplyDelete
  22. 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

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

    ReplyDelete
  24. 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!

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

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  28. Classy looking chairs. Interesting trim at a great price!

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

    ReplyDelete
  30. 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

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

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

    Great job!

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

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

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

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  38. 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!!!!

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

    ReplyDelete
  40. 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

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

    ReplyDelete
  42. Wow, that's impressive! Awesome job!!

    ReplyDelete
  43. 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.

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

    ReplyDelete
  45. 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

    ReplyDelete
  46. 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.

    ReplyDelete