Saturday, September 8, 2012

It's All In The Details...

NAILHEAD detail, that is!

Hello People--

Recently I found a wing back chair on Craigslist for $35.  I had another use for this "find", but I couldn't resist taking it for myself.

The other day, I was floating around on Amazon and came across one of those wing back chair slip covers.  I've seen them hundreds of times and never thought twice, but this time I instantly thought maybe I could make this work...

This chair would be used behind my desk so what did I have to lose?

Here's a shot at the finished product...

A sad little wing back chair that needed new life.

This is the slipcover I purchased for $58.

             The final product was a little messy, but I was up for the challenge to make it work.

I lined up the seam lines and tucked.  

Then I spaced the nails 1" apart.

pulling, pinching, tucking and smoothing...

I opened the seam coming down on the "wing" and pulled and tucked it tighter.

Finishing with the nails.

I went around the arm rest tucking, pinching and pleating too.

I used the nails as pins to hold the fabric where I wanted it to go.  
When I was finished, I hammered all the nails in place. 

This project took about an hour and half. 
The finished look was well worth it.  

I didn't even need to drag out my sewing machine!

I like the blank wall with just the clock above and the vintage frames below.  
It reminds me that life is a canvas, and I am always open for inspiration. 
But being a busy mom, the reality is I need to know what time it is.  ;)

Do you recognize that turquoise mirror against the wall?  Click here to see the bureau and mirror I got for just $5!  A piece that inspired a total transformation of our Family Room. 

Click here to read about my very first post, which includes my desk that I found on the side of the road.  

Earlier this year I gave some other furniture NEW LIFE.  

Click here to read about my no-sew ottoman. You won't believe what I used!

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  1. Great idea for that chair and the office is very pretty.

  2. Love this! I've been looking for an affordable way to recover my wingbacks. Can I ask where you bought the slip cover from?

    1. Yes, it's from Amazon. They have lots to chose from with many colors. Good luck!


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