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!
A welt cord hem adds such a pretty, and professional finish to a slipcover. It works great for chair and sofa slipcovers that don’t need a skirt. Does your furniture have exposed legs? A welt cord hem will help show them off.
The hem on this wingback slipcover (above) is edged with welt cord and attached to the bottom of the chair with Velcro. The Velcro helps keep the slipcover from riding up and creates a smooth, taut hem line.
I’m often asked how I get this look. In today’s post I share my tips and tricks for hemming with welt cord. Continue reading →
White denim slipper chair cover by The Slipcover Maker
The slipper chair. You might know this little upholstered armless piece as an accent chair. I think of it as the everywhere chair.
Thanks to it’s universal design and small footprint the slipper chair has become a favorite for extra seating in living rooms, bedrooms, reading nooks, guest rooms, hotel lobbies, waiting rooms and offices.
And, for you DIY home decorators, it’s one of the easiest chairs to update with a custom slipcover. Yes, you can make it yourself! At the bottom of this post you’ll find several helpful tutorials to get you started.