Chair Before/After

February 22, 2013

Several years ago we were on the search for land.  It was a frustrating search, but I loved the rare property that had a house attached.  Like any house shopping, would get a short look into someone else's life. One house that didn't work out for us was full of old furniture and appeared that it hadn't been lived in for a while.  It turned out that the owner had moved into a nursing home and her family was selling her house and furniture.  For whatever reason, I loved a striped chair in the house that had clearly seen better days. Several days later our realtor (definitely going above and beyond) dropped the chair off on our front porch!  It was a wonderful surprise. The chair was ancient and striped, but it was/is super comfy and rocks gently when you sit in it.  A bit rough around the edges to begin with, after a few years of love from our dogs, it was starting to fall apart.  Thankfully, I had attended a show along the way and ran into someone who was reselling remnants of upholstery fabric at incredibly low prices.  I picked a few yards and took it home.

Fast forward a year (nothing here happens quickly), I finally had someone local pickup the chair to recover it.  He returned it in pristine condition.  Literally it looks like a new chair.

My favorite part?  The back.  I adored this fabric when I saw it, but knew full well that a house with four dogs does not support a white chair.  So, I compromised.  The white fabric wraps around the back of the chair and under the arms.  It left me just enough fabric to complete a pillow (one day).

And here's a close up so you can appreciate the design fully.  Lovely right?  Funny enough, I got a catalog from Crate and Barrel recently, and this fabric was listed as an option for their sofas.  :)




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