Do 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!
I’ve always made my slipcovers in natural or creamy white as a way to give my small living space a bigger, brighter feel. Even when I make new covers to replace the old ones, I stick with this cream cotton-poly canvas, natural denim or off-white linen.
This has been my decorating style for a long time. It’s hard to imagine slipcovering my furniture in a darker color and loving it as much as my favorite pale neutrals.
But when brown kept showing up this year in my workroom, in trend forecasts and in swatch books I started thinking beyond cream and white.
I wondered if the right shade of brown would work as a new neutral for my slipcovers.
Brown always looks so good in plush velvet upholstery and tufted leather pieces with rich, high-low patina.
Would brown look as beautiful in a more casual fabric like basic bull denim or flat cotton canvas? Would brown slipcovers make my small space feel smaller?
To find out, I decided to do a little experiment on one of my own chairs. Continue reading →