chair update and a newly covered old sofa

Remember this chair?

And how I attempted to cover it myself (Well with the help of a few friends, only one of which was experienced)?

Well a few months (sorry, I’ve been busy) and some professional help with sewing the cushion and ottoman later, here’s the finished chair:

Isn’t it puuuurdy?!  I like the faint dandelion design in the fabric.  It reminds me of being a little girl and collecting dandelions in my parents’ backyard.  My sister and I used to take turns making wishes on them and letting the wind carry away their fuzz.  I love taking old stuff with lots of memories and making it new again.  I got that from my grandmother.  So, it just made sense to take on this project.  She loved this wingback chair and it was the first piece of furniture I had when I moved out on my own after college.  It has appropriately become my reading chair.  I love rainy days when I can lounge in my pj’s all day and let the arms envelop me as I escape into some fictional wonderland.  That’s when I feel her the most and remember when I used to spend afternoons at my grandparents’ watching HGTV and The Food Network, while she sat in her chair, tissues stuck in all the creases.  That lady could go through some Kleenex!

When she passed away last October, I also inherited her camelback sofa.  She has had it my entire life, and, according to my mom, my grandmother has had it recovered quite a few times over the years.

It was a little rough around the edges.  I ordered some fabric from Tonic Living and even scored a 15% discount thanks to my blog following obsession.  After about 8 months sitting in storage, I finally took it to an upholsterer to get covered.  I probably could have done it myself, after all the chair turned out pretty good, but I really wanted it to turn out perfectly.  I delivered it Friday and they delivered it back to me on Monday!

What do you think?!  I think it’s the perfect shade of maize.  Not too bright.  I’m also glad the pillows turned out to match exactly.  I took a risk at Pottery Barn last weekend (what? they were having a sale!).  The knotted blanket is from West Elm and has been folded over the arm of our old sofa and now it happily sits front and center.  For comparison, take a look:

A little cramped, huh?  You could barely open the front door, which meant it never got used.

Ahhhh, much better!  Because the furniture is more petite, we moved it closer to the fireplace to make it a little cozier.  And the best part is – there’s a walkway to the front door!  I should also showcase this dandy little piece (under the window by the front door):

My grandfather built this for their kitchen years ago.  It even has a neat chopping block top!  It was a dirty brown, but I painted it a few months back to use as a mobile beverage station.  Obviously, it has morphed into a portable board game station.  Let the games begin! 😉

Have you done any upholstering lately?