Thursday, March 29, 2012

Chair Redone In An Hour

Bill and I love to have date nights at Home Depot or Lowes. It was on one of those nights that I saw these drop cloths.

I looked at them and thought it would be great for a table cloth or upholstery. 
But... no... I thought, that is crazy, it's a drop cloth. Nobody makes stuff out of drop cloths. So I walked away!
Well, low and behold, I started seeing drop cloths all over the internet. 
I ran back to Lowes to get some. 
I spent a lot of time over Spring Break looking at this chair. 

I knew I made a mistake shortly after I bought it. I loved it when I was into Robin's egg blue and brown. As per my history, I should have known not to get a pattern. I thought I had learned my lesson after my country blue couch fiasco. 
Living with a couch I hated was a painful lesson and one I thought I'd never repeat. 
I did with this chair. 

 It was fine until I found this at an antique shop.

At first I was only going to bring purple into the guest room. Read about it here. 
I loved that platter so much that it never made it upstairs.
There was no way I could keep it contained in dining area and it spilled into the living room as well.
 I finally found some pillows and a throw to add to the room. 
Purple accents were scarce in 2010 for some reason. 

Anyway, as soon as I found some fabric pieces to layer in, the color just popped out of my art. 

Can you believe this painting came from a garage sale? It was $8.00 about 17 years ago. I have been in love with it ever since. 

This painting I inherited from my Nana. It has little flecks of lilac sprinkled throughout. I love it.

The chair was not coordinating. 
I used the drop cloths I had on hand. 
I sewed around three sides and boxed the corners. There are tutorials out there about how to box the corners. The fourth side is closed with hot glue!
I cut a piece for the back, hemmed it and tacked it in place with upholstery tacks. I know this is not the best wood because the tacks Bill rejected for his leather chair project went right in.

I tacked the inside back the same way.
The bottom needed a skirt I cut out the corners for the legs and hemmed. 

Here she is. I love the casual rumpled feel of it.

The little needlepoint pillow came from the resale shop.
One of my darling students gave me the tulips. 

I love that pup looks better next to it too.

I can't wait for more drop cloth inspiration. 
Curtains next?
I can probably even get them in the width and length I need.
Now I am not sure it was exactly an hour. But I put in a movie and still had tons of time to lay on the couch while the movie finished.
 I am so glad I learned to sew!
Sprinkled with drop cloths,


  1. I love the simplicity of this project! Genius :) I love the floral pillow and the purple tulips! I have some growing outside right now and it make me want to cut some and bring them inside :)

    1. Hi Stacy, I just found your comment in my spam file. I didn't even know to check for "real" comments there.
      I am so glad you took the time to stop by and leave a comment. Did you enjoy your tulips?

  2. Looks amazing.I love that fabric.Sturdy,cheap and chic.

  3. Completely transformed that chair! I love working with dropcloth, check out my post on the pillows I just made with it..

  4. Wow that chair looks great! I've seen people re-cover chairs before, but I guess I'm too scared to try. How much of the drop cloth did you use to make the chair cover?

    1. Thank you, Mimi. I used two drop cloths, but I had some left over to recover a bench and make a few pillows. Thanks for commenting.