Category Archives: armchair slipcovers

Tailored Slipcovers for Vintage Ethan Allen Chairs

Vintage Ethan Allen Chair

When you shop secondhand furniture stores do you tend to walk past the pieces with outdated upholstery?

If you do, you might be missing out on something special. Like this pair of well-made, barely used Ethan Allen armchairs that Virginia found. Whoo-hoo! 

She chose these chairs for their clean lines, sturdy frame and comfy support knowing a slipcover would easily hide the 1998 garden motif.

Virginia was spot on. Her vintage chairs turned out to be the perfect candidates for a slipcover makeover. Let’s take a look at the pretty transformation. Continue reading

Slipcover & Paint Ideas for Exposed Wood Furniture

Ornate Chair with New Paint and SlipcoverDo you have an old upholstered chair or settee with exposed wood details that needs a new look? You might think the only way to update your worn and loved piece is to reupholster it, and give the wood a good polish. 

That would certainly work. But if you envision a makeover with loads of charm à la French country or vintage farmhouse style, I say go with a slipcover and paint that wood! 

In today’s post, I share some of the custom fit slipcovers I’ve made for exposed wood chairs. They’re designed in different ways to show off arms, legs, top rails — just about any area that has a pretty carved feature. 

And, I want to show you a few painted wood pieces repurposed by Cindy Rust, owner of Reinvented Delaware. She shares her painting techniques and some really good resources on her blog for transforming wood furniture and home decor items. So inspiring!

Let’s dive in! Continue reading

A Simple Slipcover Fix for a Complicated Wing Back Chair

Harden Wing Back ChairHarden Wing Back Chair Slipcover

Just when I thought I knew everything there is to know about slipcovering a wing back, this Harden chair showed up to teach me a thing or two.

At first glance I thought this piece looked like any other classic wing back. I’ve slipcovered many similar designs so I was sure this project was going to be easy-peasy.

Turns out, pin fitting this chair, especially the wings, was anything but easy. Let me tell you, there was a lot of S & S (swearing and seam ripping) going on around here!

In today’s post, I share the fit problem I had with this project and how I fixed it with a surprisingly simple solution. Continue reading