January 20, 2016 by Terry
As I was doing the room refresh on our living room and dining room I decided it was just as good a time as any to finally do something about the two brown vinyl club chairs we have. They aren’t antique and are only about 6 years old. They were in perfect shape until … we got a cat. Now, our cat is very good at staying away from all our other furniture, but unfortunately it didn’t matter what we did, we couldn’t curb her scratching on these two chairs. It must be something to do with them being vinyl as she leaves the leather sofa alone and the other cloth furniture.
Lucky for our kitty, I have been wanting to lighten and brighten our heavy, dark furniture for a while. This is a perfect reason to re upholster these chairs.
You can see the chairs in these old photos … dark and heavy and weighing down the room a bit too much.
I decided the most cost efficient way to makeover these chairs was to cover them in dropcloth. It would be cheap and durable as well as cleanable. The cloth I bought ended up being more on the white side than what they usually are for some reason. It’s still the same brand but lighter.
I washed it and dried it a few times before using it as well to get rid of the stiff feel. I decided not to change anything with regards to the style of upholstery and copied the original. I thought about adding nailhead trim but then decided to just go with simple plain seams … nothing too fancy.
The wood on the chair also stayed the same and I think it is a nice accent to the dropcloth.
Here it is… I hadn’t steamed the fabric yet in these photos so imagine it without wrinkles and bumps ;)
I also decided after taking down all the Christmas lights that the string of lights tangled up and placed in my antique calf feeder made a really cool light in this room! I just threaded the cord through the opening where the rubber nipple would have been attached. I love it like this!
Sort of a sneak peek as to what’s in the new dining area too …
See you tomorrow for Making Broken Beautiful! I hope you have a great day!
The Interior Frugalista