Beaux R'eves

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Re-Upholstering: A Dying Art

I am so excited to share 
my new/old chair with you today!  
Miss Beaux (she is on Fall Break) 
and I picked it up yesterday 
in the rain.  
Boy it just rained and rained 
all day yesterday!  
They even had to cancel 
the Royals playoff game.  


We will be watching the game tonight 
in our Hearth Room 
with the addition of our New Chair!  
OK, notice the strategic staging 
of the burning bush branches 
in the Pottery Barn urn... 
It is covering up my exposed wiring 
that is waiting for it's new sconce...  
The painting is my all time favorite painting 
that Mr. Beaux's grandmother painted.  
I'm putting it somewhere else 
but I thought it looked pretty there for my photo.  
OK, let's look at the BEFORE.  
Poor chair is only 6-7 years old 
but has been through the wringer 
with the addition of my oldest son's 
new puppy a few years ago.  
It became his favorite chair!  
He is a big hound dog 
and he thinks 
he is a lap dog like my bubs.  
We tried to clean the chair 
many times and it finally became threadbare.  
Without the arm covers, 
you can see that he chewed 
a hole in it by accident.  
He was chewing a rawhide bone 
and chewing the chair at the same time.  
I debated for a long time whether 
or not to buy a new chair 
or recover this one.  
Here were my thoughts...  
This chair is made by a very reputable company: CR Laine.  
They make very well constructed furniture.  
The chair was still in very good shape 
except for the fabric.  
If I spent the same amount of money 
on a new chair that I would spend re-upholstering it, 
I would end up buying a new chair 
within a year or two 
because it would not hold up.  
When I picked up my chair yesterday 
I was talking to the owner 
about the dying art of the reupholstering business.  
It is hard to find someone 
that you trust to do a good job at a reasonable price. 
Once I decided that I was going to recover 
the chair I had to pick out a fabric.  
Choices, choices, choices.  
I wanted something neutral 
that I could add different pillows 
and colors to depending on the seasons.  
It also had to coordinate with the new sectional.  
I plan on re-painting in the Hearth Room 
so that wasn't so much a factor.  
I finally decided on the large buffalo check 
from Calico Corners.  
I thought that it would be a statement chair 
but still be neutral enough for me.  
I swear I had the Linen color above 
all picked out and ready to order!  
But for some reason I just wasn't happy with it 
and I ordered the biscuit which is 
a warmer butterscotch tone.  
I really am a warm toned person 
at heart and being surrounded by reds 
and golds and warm greens just makes me happy!  
I'm so glad that I made this choice!  
And look at what a great job they did!  
The lines match up perfectly!  
See my new pillows too?  
Remember the Estate Sale 
where the lady was a designer 
who made the slipcovers for the tiny ottomans?  
She made these wonderful pillows too!
It's a Schumacher fabric called 
Le Toile du Marche in gold.  
It retails for $114.00-$200.00 a yard 
online at a discount place.  
I bought four pillows 
and the extra fabric for $75.00.  
I would say that was a pretty good deal!  
Here is the other scene.  
It's a tad blurry. Sorry about that!  
It's all coming together nicely I think.  
Little by little... 
Let's look at the Before And After of the chair...
OK, time to get settled in for the Royals Game!  

Until Next Time,
Beaux R'eves,

Sharing at:
What We Accomplished Wednesday @ Green Willow Pond
Swing Into Spring Wednesday @ DIY by Design 
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground
Home Sweet Home @ 
The Charm of Home
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dee -@ The Old Fat Hen said...

stunning I have a chair I want to cover as well but its like you said finding someone to do it-love dee

Unknown said...

I love how your chair came out, it's very pretty! You have been busy! I haven't seen your white sectional before now. It all looks so pretty and inviting together.

Anonymous said...

I am local to KC, would you mind sharing who did your upholstery work? I have a couple of pieces I have been thinking about doing and now you have inspired me? GO ROYALS!!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Love love love it and LOVE your new pillows too!! That last shot of the room looks so pretty!

Cristina Garay said...

Love it! The chair, the fabric you chose, the pillows, and your beautiful family room! It all looks so cozy!

S H Elliott said...

I love your chair and the fabric....also the pillow fabric. I have two matching chairs that are preparing to be recovered. The chairs are about ten years+ old but the early years were at our vacation house. Now they are at home and used everyday. The chintz needs to be seeing your large check really inspired me. I have looked at so many fabrics and have not committed to anything. Love your buffalo check!

carol jane said...

The chair is so pretty. I have a chair that needs to be reupholstered too. It's my husband s favorite. I don't know where to have it reupholstered. I had a slipcover made for my sofa a year ago and was not happy with her work, so I'm a little leary about having my chair done. Guess I have to start asking around. Enjoy your chair!

DD's Cottage said...

Love the chair-great fabric and it looks so great in your room!

Unknown said...

I love your family room and its warm ambiance.
Do you have the name of the paint color? Is it a linen shade or more yellowish.?
Its whole ambiance is very appealing.

Jeanette said...

The chair and ottoman look so beautiful in the butterscotch color. Your family room looks so warm and cozy. Finding someone who does re upholstery is difficult. When you find someone good you have to hang onto them.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful transformation....beautiful chair in such a beautiful room!!!

Maria Elena said...

The chair looks amazing! Gorgeous, fabric!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

How pretty, Cindy! I have a chair that needs to be recovered. My bestie has given me a wonderful resource; and I hope to have it done before Christmas! Those places get really busy this time of year!

Sandy said...

The color and pattern are perfect! looks great in your room. love the new look!

Patty @ That's So Pretty said...

Lovely room!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

you're making me re-think buying new chairs and recovering them instead. so happy I chanced upon this post.

J9sHappiness said...

I do love making something new out of something old!! The chair looks glorious in your room! I'm about to recover a chair of my own - a rather less professional job but loose covers are simple enough! Lovely fabric too! J9 x

Pamela said...

Love it Cindy! I just swapped out my living room curtains with identical buffalo check fabric. I still need to get a cafe curtain as well before I share though. Thanx for partying at THT!

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