Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tale of Two Chairs: Fabric

I really had a hard time deciding what direction to go with the fabric on my two chairs.  I knew a source of inspiration would strike me.   Then, I saw a settee that Little Green Notebook reupholstered recently and I was sold on thin, vertical, black and white stripes.  I love a stripe. I love a black and white stripe.  Classic and modern all at the same time. 

The fabric on her settee was over $40 a yard, and that was just over budget for me, so I started doing a little digging online.  Because these chairs are going to be more for looks (though I hope they will definitely be sat in), I decided I could go with something less expensive.  I decided on this Carrie Stripe from Carousel Designs.

Black and White Carrie Stripe 500x500 image

At $7.99/yard, it was in my price range, and I liked the tight stripe.  I ended up ordering 3 yards of fabric for both chairs, and had quite a bit left over.  I will make a pillow or a window covering or something with it soon.  Shipping was reasonable and the fabric arrived quickly.


I kept all of the old fabric and cushions when I took all the staples out, so I had a template when cutting the new fabric to size.  I ended up reusing all of the old insides of the chair because they were in good shape.  I started with the back of the chair, always pulling tight before stapling.  Stripes are tricky because one tug to much, and the whole surface looks “off”.  I use a heavy duty staple gun and staples that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.


Once the back side was in place, I stapled on the front piece.


The seat itself was the most difficult piece to cut and staple.  Again, the stripes were a little frustrating to keep straight and getting them around the arms and back took a lot of tugging and pulling.  Because the seat is large, I ended up pinning the old fabric to the new fabric so I could get a precise measurement when cutting.


The chairs are recovered, but I still need to trim back the excess fabric and find some black trim.  I want something really clean and easy to adhere.  The chairs are sitting in the living room waiting to be finished, so hopefully it will happen this week.  I will show more pictures of them in the room when they are completely done!


In case you missed it, you can see the other two posts about these chairs here…

The Tale of Two Chairs
The Tale of Two Chairs: Paint


  1. Wow the chair looks fantastic and I also love the stripes! Very classic looking!

  2. That looks incredible!! Love it!!