I recently came across an amazing upholstery company called Chairloom, and occasionally (OK, rather frequently) I browse their before and after pictures on Facebook or Pinterest. I'm especially intrigued with their fabric choices. They have completely transformed so many pieces that were either in very sad shape or in dire need of an update.
Some of my favorite items from Chairloom:
So, you ask, how has it inspired me?
After storing this roadside find in our basement for months, I finally went to work on it. I've been avoiding it for good reason: the "ewww" factor!
In full armor (mask and gloves) I first attacked it with the vacuum to remove the cat hair and found a few "treasures" tucked in the seat.
A cigarette butt, soy sauce and a dogtag necklace. Say it with me: Ewww!
I forged ahead, undaunted.
Let's just say whoever built this chair was not shy about using staples. There are hundreds of them!
I was thrilled to find that underneath all those layers of "horrid" there is actually a well-made frame, which makes for a sturdy chair.
There will definitely be challenges ahead with this project: mastering the welting on curves, for one. Replacing all the batting, too, since it's musty and smelly. (Imagine that!)
However, the fun part will be finding a fabric that suits the lines of the chair and the style of our home. And I'm excited to try one technique from Chairloom: instead of painting or staining the legs, I'll sand the wood down to its natural finish and leave it alone, achieving a modern look on a traditional chair. You can see this effect in the few Chairloom pieces I shared above.
I'll be back with a progress report and maybe some fabric options soon so that you may weigh in if you'd like. But now I'm wondering where have you found inspiration recently. What has nudged you to take on a challenge?