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
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Look past the ugly, outdated upholstery and imagine the possibilities.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.