Sitting Pretty in Velvet | Antique Slipper Chair


October 24, 2016 by Terry


When I came across this unique little antique chair on a local classified add I knew I had to have it.  I was instantly in love with the lines and curves (not to mention the original castors!) of this sweet chair and knew it had the potential the be pretty once more.

I picked it up and drove straight to see my friend Angie so she could help me choose and order some fabric for it.  Angie owns the shop where I get my FAT Paint but she also has the most incredible selection of fabrics!  I didn’t want to upholster this sweet chair in just any fabric, I wanted her to be dressed in a higher quality than what I could buy at the big box stores.  I wanted her to be dressed as unique as she is and when you are around 100years old, you deserve the best!

After choosing my fabrics and placing my order I rushed home to deconstruct and paint it.  I chose to paint the frame first before removing the original fabric, somehow I knew it would be easier that way and I would then have a guide as to where the new fabric should reach.

I used warm white for the frame and after it was dry, proceeded to deconstruct it.  The original material was so thin it just ripped off like tissue paper.  What was underneath the material wasn’t any better…


Filled with horse hair and straw this project was fast turning into something larger than I thought … not to mention a lovely skin rash … ewe!

Because the seat was in such poor condition it ALL had to go and I was eventually left with just a skeleton of a chair.  Instead of putting the springs back in I decided to cut out some wood to serve as the support for the seat.  After fitting it perfectly and attaching it to the frame I began layering it back together with new foam and batting.

Then it was finally time for the fun part of redressing her!  I chose a fine quality teal velvet for the front and a fun but classy print with teal accents for the back.  Oh my she’s so pretty in her new dress!


After some trim it’s time for a brief photo shoot!


Hello Lovely!




She is currently looking for her Forever home so if she has stolen your heart the way she has stolen mine, please contact me via email!

I hope you have an amazing day!





18 thoughts on “Sitting Pretty in Velvet | Antique Slipper Chair

  1. Ah-MAZing REfresh!


  2. Cynthia Benson says:

    Beautiful, she looks like she is dressed for a wedding.


  3. The chair is gorgeous. It will be hard to part with.


  4. Geez, I don’t think I could have gotten over the dismantling. Kudos to you for seeing this one through. It’s lovely!


  5. Wow, what a great transformation! I think I would have cried when all the bits, pieces, and springs came leaking out. The contrast fabric on the back – two thumbs up; overall results AweSome!


    • Terry says:

      Ha, ha … yah, I think I felt a little sick when that happened! It was supposed to be a simple easy makeover that turned into a hot mess with the removal of a few tacks! I’m so happy she turned out so well! I hope you have a great week!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Ooh, I love the fabrics you choose for this chair, Terry! I have a feeling it will sell very quickly if it hasn’t already. Pinning to share :)


    • Terry says:

      Awe Thank you Marie! That velvet is incredibly soft and luxurious! I hope she finds a good home soon! Thank you for the pin and the share! You are sweet!
      I hope you have an amazing week!


  7. says:

    This is stunning! I love seeing beautiful items given new life!


  8. Judy Walters says:

    Beautiful transformation. Love you staging. Very professional & visual appealing. Thanks for sharing this on your blog. Judy from The House of van Gogh


  9. She has definitely stolen my heart💛 I wish I had room 😞


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow on Instagram

Many times what others consider junk or garbage I consider useful! This table was constructed 100% out of other peoples garbage! Scrap wood and scrap balusters gave me one beautiful table! One of my favourite projects ever. This table went to live @cheekycouturesboutique I miss working in my garage on projects like this. #madefromscraps #thecuratorscollection #woodworking #imagination #designer #beautifulfurniture #farmhousetable
Meet the new man in my life ... Scooby. Talk about lazy coworkers! So hard to focus at work with ⬅️ this guy around!!! I just want to kiss him up all day! Can you believe he’s only 8 weeks old??? 😮 if he wasn’t going to grow up to be around 180 lbs he’d be mine. For now I’ll settle for him being my sweet coworker lol #thatguy #greatdane #baby #scooby #babysnuggles #babyfix #kissable #puppybreath #absolutepaintanddesign
Feels like a napping kinda day to me. Meet Hazel... aka “crazel “ because she’s a little crazy too lol. I’m in love with all her pink! Sooooo kissable! Wishing you all a restful long weekend friends 💕 #napping #restful #longweekend #familydayweekend #pink #kissable #furbaby #thecuratorscollection
So sad that my tulips are almost done 😔Even at the end of their life they are still so pretty! Happy Thursday friends! Stay warm! #tulips #happythursday #vignette #decor #flowerlovers #thecuratorscollection
When one of your best friends owns a Tulip Farm ... of course you never leave empty handed! Thank you sweet Trudie for my first taste of spring 💕🌷 #tulipfarm #sweetspring #flowerlove
Welcoming 2019 like... #newyearnewlook #interiordesigner #furniturewhisperer #paintlover #blogger #designer #maker #thecuratorscollection #faithafphoto

You May Also Like:

I’ve been featured on these amazing websites:

Revival Monday

Feathered Nest Friday

Orphans With Makeup

Painted and repurposed vintage and antique furniture. DIY . Home decor.

Redo It Yourself Inspirations

... Making Broken Beautiful

She Holds Dearly

Just another site

Found This Painted That

Decorating Solutions for the Dollar Challenged

Canary Street Crafts

Furniture Makeovers, Crafts & Home Decor

The Wood Spa by Pat Rios

Furniture Refinishing - Herndon, VA


Home Improvement Home Decor Tutorials

q is for quandie

from a vintage vantagepoint.

The Interior Frugalista

... Making Broken Beautiful

Orphans With Makeup

Painted Furniture, vintage goods, DIY

French Country Home Decor, Party Decor Ideas, Painting Tips

Casual elegant home decor for the collected moments in your life.

Saw Nail and Paint

Lovingly refinished furniture, vintage and thrifted home decor, urban farming and city chickens

Katherines Corner

Discover what women of all ages enjoy. Popular over 50 DIY blogger shares life stories, inspiration, giveaways, bridal shop, meditation shop, home décor, faith and crafts all in one place.

August Blues Slipcover Studio

Slipcovers, diy, and other musings

PicMonkey Blog

Tutorials, Tips and News from Your Favorite Photo Editor

Trois Petites Filles

... Making Broken Beautiful




... Making Broken Beautiful

The Blog

The latest news on and the WordPress community.

anderson + grant

... Making Broken Beautiful

West Furniture Revival

... Making Broken Beautiful

Velvet & Linen

... Making Broken Beautiful


American Farmhouse Living

Dreamy Whites

... Making Broken Beautiful


... Making Broken Beautiful

%d bloggers like this: