A Bowl Full of Chair-ys

A Bowl Full of Chair-ys

Today a friend and I went on a little excursion to a fabric store that we had heard was pretty cool, about 25 minutes away.  When we got there, it was out of business!  A little discouraged, we decided to turn around and try a different fabric store we had seen on the way there.  Also closed!   Did the poopy economy hit fabric stores especially hard?  It seems like the opposite would be true, don’t you think?

Because why go out and spend big money on a new chair, when you can find an old one to recover for next to nothing?  It makes sense to me!  Here are a few examples that might get your creative juices flowing.  If so, here’s a tip: Call ahead to the fabric store.

From the identical-twin designing duo, Milla and Kah at Design Par Deux.

One more shot, because I always love to see the finished product at home.  Works PERFECTLY with those the accents in the room.  *coughfabricjealousycough*


From Better After reader Rachel who purchased this chair for cheapity cheap and will probably be able to turn a tidy profit when she sells it.  Heck, I’d buy it!  I love the glossy black.


And a granny-chic rocker redo. That old fabric was pretty grimy. It looks like it may have crossed the plains once or twice.  (No, no, I haven’t featured this one before, you are thinking of this one).  From Ashley at Domestic Imperfection, who helped rescue this cute little thing from a dumpster!   

Great job ladies! 




  1. August 26, 2011 / 10:29 PM

    LOVE the black chair! Wish there was a blog post to go with that. TFS

  2. August 26, 2011 / 11:42 PM

    Love these! That black chair is wonderful! This is why I signed up for an upholstery class through our local community college! Oh to do those chairs!

  3. August 27, 2011 / 2:41 AM

    I want the chair that Rachel re-covered and painted. I have two chairs in the basement and a bolt of fabric that I have got to get to! Thanks for the bit of inspiration!

  4. August 27, 2011 / 3:28 PM

    Independent fabric stores are having a hard time according to the ladies who work at the one I go to. There are so many online places and big box stores with less expensive fabric imported from China, the competition is stiff.

  5. August 27, 2011 / 7:50 PM

    Chair posts are my favorite! I am about to redo some myself!

  6. August 29, 2011 / 4:35 PM

    Ooooh! Love the rocking chair with the suzani fabric. Reminds me that I have a rocking chair like that waiting for a make over in the garage.

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