I amaze myself. Not because I did anything amazing, but because I decided not to paint this piece. Are you amazed? I usually paint everything. There are lots of reasons to paint a piece. Lots of pieces I come across just have to be painted. Some just look better painted, and I love painted furniture.
I picked up this chair this past weekend at an estate sale. It was in great condition except for the cushions. That is an easy fix.
The wood is such a beautiful wood, I decided not to paint it. The next step was so hard for me...I couldn't decide what fabric to use! You can see a stack of it next to the chair. I did not want to purchase fabric since I have stacks of it. I am really trying to use up some of the things I have on hand.
I kept draping different fabrics on the chair and leaving them there for a few hours so I could see them when I walked by.
I decided to go with the rich champagne/black fabric in the middle.
The seat cushion just sat on the chair and the back cushion was held on by these little screw together buttons. Yay! No staples!
I took the cushions apart, used them as a stencil and salvaged the piping. Here I am going to share a shortcut for adding piping to your cushions. Instead of sewing the piping then pinning it to your cushion pieces, sew it all at once. Here I have one of the seat cushion pieces and the narrow side of the cushion.
Line up the edges of both fabric pieces, outsides facing each other.
Put the piping on the top piece (the sides of the cushion) then fold it over. Here I am just pinching a piece and pulling it to match up the edges. It actually gets folded over 2x. Remember if you use this piping tip, make sure you have extra space if your piece wasn't sewed this way in the first place. I leave 1.5" per side extra.
Pin it, then sew it. Repeat for the last cushion piece. This way you sew 2x instead of 4.
It turned out to be a rich looking chair. Don't you thing the colors are rich looking?
Would you have chosen the same fabric?
Would you have painted this chair instead? I know it would have looked fabulous.
But just look at that beautiful wood!