For the Love of Home & Parties: faux-reupholstered chair makeover

A while back I saw this article in the NY Times, about the design firm Nightwood. They deconstruct chairs (among other projects) and recover them using hand-dyed fabric to create one of a kind pieces. When I found this small scale vintage chair at a thrift store, I thought of their recovered chairs (bottom image). Since we have a smallish living room, I snatched it up. Doubly fast when I saw the price tag was $18.00. I really wanted to recover it but wasn’t really ready to commit to either having it done professionally or to doing it myself. I compromised by faux-recovering it. It’s not quite a slipcover, and it’s not quite reupholstered – it’s more sort of ‘frankenstitched’. It took about 2 days and about 3 yards of linen fabric, which I stitched and cut as I went around the chair. Then I added the upholstery nails to pretend that I really ‘finished’ it off.

It’s nowhere near as beautiful as the Nightwood pieces, but to me, it’s definitely better than that old yellow corduroy!


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