Monday, March 7, 2011

How 'bout some toile, y'all? Chair redo parade part 1, first go at slipcovering

I told you guys last week that I had several projects to share. I haven’t blogged them, but I have COMPLETED projects in this house! LOL. I’ve been working on my living room for the last few weeks. I had several chairs and tables that needed to be redone. I’m ALMOST there…. I only have a few accessories and pillows to change up, and I’ll be done. I’m loving the new feeling…. I was looking around the living room last night, and every single piece (except for my splurge sofa and antique library table) is something I’ve redone in some way. It makes me feel so proud to look around my home and see ME…. Not some magazine or catalog. Not someone else’s blog or ideas… I SEE ME.

Do you remember this picture:


Since I took this I’ve recovered one of these ugly brown chairs, slipcovered an old club, and reupholstered a Goodwill find. I’ve also changed up the table and lamp placement by the sofa, but all that’s coming later.

When I was reworking this space I remembered an old club chair I had in storage. It was a good piece of furniture 11 years ago when I bought it. It had good bones. :) The upholstery had seen better days though. It was a dirty ripped plaid. Nice. I don’t have a total before shot. I’ve just been doing projects as I feel like it and haven’t been taking tons of pics. Anyway. It was ugly. I decided to slipcover it. I told myself that if I could sew everything my girls wear I could surely sew a slipcover. Makes sense huh? Yeah. Easier said than done. I have a way of making brain surgery out of removing a splinter. In other words, I make things WAY harder than they have to be, so I knew that I would find SOME way to make it even more difficult than it is. Once I made up my mind I started looking for help. I’ve read my pal Kelly’s blog forever. She started me off here with this tutorial. Kelly has told me FOREVER that I could do it… That I should just take the slipcovering plunge… I finally decided it was time! I have Pink and Polka Dot’s ebook. I read it 200 times and also camped out over on Design Intervention. She has SO many great projects including this one. I searched all over and found pieces I liked. I ended up taking a bit from several places and making it my own way. It really wasn’t THAT bad after I got the hang of it…. It just took a lot more time than I thought, and it also produced quite a few cuss words. :) In the end I had a piece that I was thrilled with. It was exactly what I had envisioned and is SO ME.

Here she is. Isn’t she a doll?!?! I used drop cloths (what else?) for the body and added the red toile ruffle and piping.


The back cushion was originally attached to the back of the chair. I cut it apart and like it so much better this way.


The ruffly toile skirt is my absolute favorite part of this chair.


I love the slouchy comfy fit. Andrew said it looks like such a comfy place to sit, and it is. We all fight over it. :) I had this Pottery Barn vintage floral pillow, and they work great together.


This chair is perfect for this room. I love the way it goes with all my other pieces. Do you see that table sitting beside it in this picture? If you look at the room’s before shot you will be able to see that it’s had a makeover too. That’s coming later on.


I learned a lot from this chair, and I know my next piece won’t be nearly as hard or time consuming. It really wasn’t a bad process at all. It just took time and patience. I am the queenofwantingitdonerightthissecondjusthowiwantitdone, and it taught me that sometimes patience is a GOOOOD thing. This is something I KNEW I could do, but it intimidated me for a LONG time. I wish I would’ve listened to Kelly and just done it! It’s opened up so many doors…. Now every piece of furniture in my home can look the way I want it to. That’s an amazing feeling. :)

Over the next week or so I will be sharing several other projects. I’ve had a great time redoing my living room, and I can’t wait to share it with YOU.

Thanks for stopping by my little cottage. Love and hugs,

The DIY Show Off

Linking to:

Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday

Restore Interiors Restore It Wednesday Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday

My repurposed Life's Catch as Catch Can

Hooking Up with House of Hepworths

Blue Cricket Design's Show & Tell Wednesday

Domestically Speaking's Power of Paint Party

Primitive & Proper's Piece of Work Wednesday

Sassy Sites Trash to Treasure Tuesday

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Stories of a House Project Diaries

The Shabby Chic Cottage's Transformation Thursday


Tammy@InStitches said...

Your chair looks so good, the ruffle is a very cute detail. Doesn't it feel great to have accomplished such a big project !

gena said...

Wow, that looks amazing - I love it !!!!!!!

thanks for sharing,


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Loulou, it looks great! I love toile so I really like the toile ruffle you added to the bottom. Looking forward to seeing the other projects, too!

Patti said...

well the skirting on it, too!

The Frosted Gardner said...

Oh my gosh. I love that chair. I want that chair. Can I have it? :)

High Street Cottage said...

I'm not saying this just because I'm partial, but this is one of the prettiest slipcovered chairs I've ever seen! The piping and ruffle done in toile is perfection. My sofa has that same type of attached back, and I've often thought it might be hard to do a custom slip because of it, but never thought separating it. Lou you could make a fortune selling these. xoxo tami

Anonymous said...

I think you did a fabulous job on your slipcover!! It looks beautiful.


Here On Crow Creek said...

Your chair looks so cute. I think it look amazing and you should be very proud of your hard work!

Maureen said...

Oh so verrrrrry pretty! You did a wonderful job!

Mariaelena said...

I'm addicted to toile (take a peek at my blog) and this chair is fabulous...So beautiful....You did a great job!! Be proud and enjoy your chair...

Erin said...

The chair is beautiful! I found your blog at the DIY Showoff. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back:
Again, you did a fantastic job with this!! :-)

Julie Harward said...

I have a little 1940's chair that is so cute...I wish you could come recover it for me! ;D

Meg said...

You did a marvelous job! I love it! The piping is extra cool. Did you do that on your own as well? So impressed! I'd love to slip-cover some of my furniture right now!

saltbox treasures said...

You did a great job on this slipcover! I love toile too! Visiting from Met Monday.
~ Julie

Tammy @ Type A said...

the slipcover is gorgeous, love the toile. i would love it if you linked it to my party today.

Anonymous said...

Oh My! What a gorgeous slipcover! I love the ruffle and the toile! It's so pretty in your space! Great job!

Tammy @ Type A said...

thanks for sharing at my party! i love the fabric you used on the throw pillow too. i wish i could find a dress for my daughter it that.

Ange (Love From My Kitchen) said...

Looks great! I love toile but can never find somewhere to put it. Looking forward to seeing all the completed projects. I'm a new follower!

La-Dee-da crafter said...

The whole room is awesome but the chair is definitely cute!!! I can't believe its dropcloth. Love, love. Your home is beautiful

Debby said...

What a beautiful chair...I want one!

Ellen said...

You did good Girl! That chair is comfy looking as well as smartly dressed - toile 'n all! Really loving the toile ruffle!


The Hopeless Romantic said...

The chair looks awesome, dropcloths!? Hmm, i hear their all the rage right now. This will be something im gonna have to try. I love the toile. Uve done a great job on this chair.....Bonnie

Maureen said...

Ohhhh yaaaa! Looks superb!

Kelly @ Much To Do With Nothing said...

Hi LouLou,
Just look at you!! The chair is gorgeous! Soooooo professional looking. What a cute idea to put the toile skirt on it. And it does look comfy! And now...machine washable. Yay! Aren't they great? And you did it yourself.
Thank YOU for the support and shout out!
Kelly said...

fabulous job! I love the toile! It really makes this chair.
Doesn't it just make you smile!


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