Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I never seem to post pictures of my own things. For the first time, here you go. Since we renters can't paint or remodel, we'll just have to take what we can fix. I have had two of these chairs forever. We used them as desk chairs for a partner's desk we used to have. Now they sit at individual small desks. They're not particularly remarkable antiques or anything, I found them at Source Perrier. I think they're now just Source Collection but I still use the old name. No matter, I love these old chairs.

They originally came with silk covered down cushions which quickly wore out and not to mention shed feathers like a chicken farm. So we found ourselves using just the cane which was not very sturdy and started to break down over time. I know the light isn't perfect sorry, I took it in the parking garage before loading them up...

I finally felt motivated when I saw this gorgeous Lee Jofa taupe linen velvet with a subtle stripe at a discount fabric store. At around $30/yd for the discontinued goods, I knew I wouldn't need much. I don't know if I could have done this myself since it needed a board cut to replace the cane... and honestly I know I probably spent more than some would on fabric even though I think it was a fabulous deal for that quality. I've been spoiled playing with fancy things at Mrs. Howard's lately. So this Lee Jofa was it. My local upholstery guy had them good as new in a week with even some fabric to spare, thanks Mike!

I am a tea drinker, and a clumsy one at that. Hopefully this neutral taupe will hide any Earl Grey.
ArchitectDesign™ said...

they look great! Cane is so pretty but ya, wears out -my dining room chairs I did the same with and again, didn't do it myself.
Tea drinker here too -those stains seem to get everywhere *sigh*

BCN said...

That's such a great improvement. The most I've been up to so far is repainting...

Parnassus said...

That fabric looks rich and elegant, and really suits those chairs. Cane seats can be very strong, but those chairs looked kind of rickety in the before pictures, and very solid afterward.

Now I'll have to tackle a couple of chairs I have around that are too ugly too look at, yet too comfortable to discard.

--Road to Parnassus

Ann said...

Good, I'm glad you guys like it! It is a small change but I feel it is much improved.

@AD I remember your chairs! In that peacock blue, right? Or did I make that up? And do you take yours with lemon or milk?

@Parnassus, I was a skeptic before but I'm amazed at how changed some of the chairs at my guy's workshop were. I'm still not convinced by slipcovers which in my experience always look rumpled. Or maybe I'm doing something wrong? Thanks for such nice words about the fabric, I hope it lasts! Yes, I think it was just that cane; I was surprised at how quickly it wore out.

@BCN you are better than I am. I painted my first real adult apartment back when I had more patience. I will never do it again, at least not myself. And that was only a shoebox NY studio! I think I got more paint in my hair than on the walls... I bow down to real DIY'ers!