Summer is the best season for finding a super deal on a secondhand chair at an estate sale or garage sale. If you find one with makeover potential, grab it!
A well-made, older piece is a good candidate for a slipcover especially if it’s sturdy, comfortable and has the right foot print for your space. Tip: check the condition of the frame, seat springs and cushion inserts before you buy.
Look past the ugly, outdated upholstery and imagine the possibilities. Here are 4 slipcover makeovers that will inspire a new look for your found treasure. Continue reading
When you look at a before and after slipcover photo what do you notice?
My guess is it’s the fabric and color that catches your eye first. Then the fit, right?
What you might not see right away are the many subtle design details that went into making the slipcover look and perform it’s best. They are creative updates and functional fixes that make all the difference between a so-so slipcover and one that is awe inspiring.
How do you know which design details to add, omit or improve when you make a slipcover?
I’ll use Leah & Scott’s sofa project as an example to show you how I do it.
A rounded back, curved inner back, puffy rolled top and deep tufts. These cozy features on Roxanne’s well-loved arm chair have stood the test time.
Her old chair is still sturdy and very comfortable. Never mind the faded, outdated upholstery. When a chair has good bones, comfy support and classic design the sky’s the limit on updating the look.
Roxanne’s vision for her chair: clean, bright and versatile. She went with a fitted slipcover in natural denim.
Fitted? How in the world do you get fabric to snug smoothly over all of those cushy curves? Continue reading