Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Upholstery FAIL

On Saturday, I found this chair on Craigslist for twenty smackers.  I think it's really pretty and the frame is in good shape.  The best part?  Only the seat to reupholster!

On Sunday, I went out to find fabric.  Because only the seat would be covered, I was looking for something a little flamboyant or wild.  I found lots that I liked, but decided on this number.

It was fun, funky, and it would work with the colors of the living room, piano room, master bedroom, and dining room, so I could move the chair around and it would look made for that space.  I couldn't beat that!  However, when I laid the fabric on the chair, it looked pretty bad.

Because this retro, vintage, '60's inspired fabric was going on a chair actually from the 1960's, it went from looking funky and cool to looking tired and dated.  Ella even looked at it and said, "It is not awesome, Mama." 

Sooooo, I returned it.  Did you know you can do that?  As long what you return matches the amount purchased, most stores will take back cut fabric.  I don't know how they make money on it, and I try not to do it often, but it's nice that you can when you make a mistake.

Another fabric had caught my eye my first time around, but I had decided it wasn't crazy enough. Now I realized it was perfect, because it was delicate and modern and vibrant, just what the chair and the room needed.

Isn't it cute?  I got a couple of extra inches so that I could center the birds on the cushion.

I like that it's light and airy.  Oh, and look what I snagged at Hancocks on clearance?  Check out that lampshade!  It has all the colors in the room, and I couldn't have bought a plain white one for the cost of this one.  I'm debating getting another one for the lamp on the other side of the couch.

The room isn't done {a work in progress is much more fun} but it's a far cry from six months ago! 

1 comment:

  1. I was intrigued by the word FAIL in your title. I didn't think you could fail at something decor related, and you didn't. You amaze me all the time! Great job mama!