Several months ago I snagged this vintage channel back chair from my daughter, Kaleigh. She had gotten it from a friend with plans to reupholster and sell it. I talked her into selling it to me instead!
As I’m sure you’ve guessed, this is the after.
The chair was actually in pretty good condition before but the burnt-orange fabric was just not my thing. I have no idea how old this chair is but my upholsterer said it was stuffed with horsehair!
She sent me this “during” picture to show the insides including horsehair and webbing.
Since there was just a small amount of exposed wood I asked it she would paint it for me while she had the old upholstery torn off. I gave her some off white chalk paint and asked for minor distressing. I think she was hoping for a really creative project with funky fabrics and bright colors. 🙂 Oh well, I love it and she did a great job.
The fabric used was a remnant I found in my fabric stash. 4 yds I picked up…who knows how long ago…that worked perfectly for this project.
I didn’t want to finished it with a typical welting. I found this tri-colored braid at Hobby Lobby. It actually came with a lip which we trimmed off so it could be used here.
The fabric is a cotton blend similar to canvas but not as thick.
If you look close you can see the lumpiness of the horsehair especially along the upper back. A thicker fabric would have created a smoother look but I still love the way this turned out.
I have never shown this side of my bedroom, the view from my bed. Mainly because up until last fall I had an ugly exercise bike (which I have to admit was rarely used) in the corner. I refinished the armoire last fall with Dixie Bell Paint.
The vintage eagle mirror once belonged to my parents and the ladder back chair was made by my grandfather.
To the left of the armoire I hung 4 pen and ink prints I picked up at an estate sale. I purchased the 4 – 8.5×11 prints by Donnabeth Jones along with 4 additional prints and several smaller prints. All for $5! I matted and framed them in inexpensive black frames.
The 4 prints in my bedroom depict 19th century New Orleans while the other 4 (not shown) have a 20th century feel. I’ve never even been to New Orleans but I was immediately drawn to these pen & ink sketches.
“Breakfast at Brennan’s” and “Passin’ By”
“Plantation Arrival” and “A Night to Remember”
So much better than looking at an old exercise bike.
Now this side of my bedroom makes me smile!
Embroidered pillow cover – Interior Fabrics, OKC.