Before & After: New Upholstery for a Chippendale Chair

Before & After: New Upholstery for a Chippendale Chair

Janel Laban
Jun 21, 2010

We've had this Chinese Chippendale style chair for years, but for the last few it's been relegated to our downstairs storage space due to the sad shape of the upholstery. It was a favorite spot for our pug, who gave the upholstery a hard time zipping up and down from it. Now that we're in our new place (and have a small dog who doesn't jump that high), the time had come to track down some new fabric and get the job done.

I loved the black and white plaid, and knew that I wanted to stay with a black based pattern but after scouring the home decor fabric aisles at Jo-Ann yesterday morning, I was about to give up — and get ready to pay up — for some special order fabric. I then spotted a sale table, and on it found this black and beige design that I found intriguing.

It is pattern based on an print originally from Colonial Williamsburg with an almost batik-like print finish. The fabric is a really nice weight and I like the somewhat rough presentation of such traditional imagery - classic birds and flowers. And best of all, a yard came to just over $7 - a bargain.

About a hour later, thanks to the trusty staple gun, we had a "new" chair. To save time (and give it a bit of an unexpected twist) we removed and then reattached the original plaid piping, which made the job super fast and gives it a little edge of funkiness.

7 dollars, 60 minutes, voila!

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