Shabby is Better!

I am overjoyed

with the outcome

of this chair and slipcover!

Wait till you see it!

Initially, this chair looked like this...
Fairly new upholstery and very comfortable plus sturdy, this chair however, was not the look I was thinking of.

I painted the arms and legs with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint then sealed it with Minwax Polycrylic. I love both of these products and am not a fan of waxing very often.

I then purchased a large drop cloth at the hardware store and used it for my custom slipcover. It was easy to use, though to be on the safe side, I washed and dried it before making this cover.
 That way if it needed to be washed, it will fit beautifully once put back on this chair.
Okay, several of you will want a tutorial, but I just didn't have it in me to do one. As usual, I just 'winged' it and hoped it would come out as I had envisioned. There is so much detail that I will be able to show you though.
The bottom slipcover is separate from the top. I made it very fitted and did a pleated skirt around the hem.
To be able to keep the slipcover from moving and to keep it looking grand, I put two sets of tabs and buttons on each side. The cover easily slips over the seat and tucks under the back, with the pleated skirt going all the way around.
The top just slides down and tucks under the bottom of the back. I made wide long ties so I can tie a bow for more detail in the back. It gives a normally boring back some interest.
The top and sides fit the contour of the chair perfectly. Now, are you ready to see her in all her shabbiness?

Isn't she just charming and so welcoming?
I find her irresistible! And now for sale!

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  1. Oh Terry, she is irresistible. I have to find a way for you to come to mine and show me how to sew like that. Sigh... Such a beauty!
    Hugs, Gee

  2. Oh my, this re-purpose turned out amazing. What a little paint, fabric & hard work can do! Visiting from DearCreative.com

  3. It turned out beautiful, Terry! So well done! I was in the shop today, and as usual, your booth looks really nice!

  4. Hi Terry,
    You did such a wonderful job on the chair. It's beautiful. I love the buttons and the the tabs...so pretty.


  5. I found your blog through The Shabby Nest Frugal Friday, and LOVE this chair! You did an incredible job! Wow!!! beautiful! I look forward to stopping by more often!

  6. What an adorable chair makeover. I have one just like it so you are giving me ideas.
    Have a great weekend,
    Bev @eclecticredbarn.blogspot.com

  7. Wonderful slip cover! I love it! I'm a huge fan of the drop cloth fad.

  8. It's beautiful, Terry! Great job on the slipcover!

  9. Beautiful transformation Terry!

  10. Terry! This is so cute! I love slipcovers and I especially love the big wood button detail. Perfect touch. Great job!

  11. Simply put, you're a genius. I love how tailored the slip cover looks from the front and how well it fits the chair (looks like upholstery, really) and then the dressmaker details of the tabs and buttons, big bow in back and the flippy little pleated skirt. It turned out gorgeous, and I am duly impressed with your talent!



  12. Simply put, you're a genius. I love how tailored the slip cover looks from the front and how well it fits the chair (looks like upholstery, really) and then the dressmaker details of the tabs and buttons, big bow in back and the flippy little pleated skirt. It turned out gorgeous, and I am duly impressed with your talent!



  13. Oh my goodness...this is absolutely beautiful! I am so glad that you are forever decorating because you are forever giving me something to admire!

    Thanks for linking up to Project Inspire{e} at Cupcakes and Crinoline.

    Have a wonderful week and I hope to see you at next week's party.

    Hugs, Mary Beth

  14. Wow, that is a beautiful slipcover. It fits like a glove.

  15. I think this is the first slipcover that I truly love!! The button tabs and tieback just took it over the top!

    I pretty much make things on a wing and a prayer too, so I understand not having a tutorial. Not that I'd be able to follow it if you did have one. LOL!

  16. That is beautiful! Great job. I love the oversized wood buttons.

  17. Wow -- you did such a great job. Thank you so much for linking up to ITS PARTY TIME. Hope to see you back next week. I'm going to show this off on my facebook page! HUGS! Clydia @ Three Mango Seeds

  18. This is gorgeous. I love the transformation and that it is in two parts. The bow on the back is so sweet. I also love your little pillow. Thanks for sharing it at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  19. I love your pretty chair. What a good job you did. How did you figure out how to fix the flaps and buttons? As always I love this post.

    Linda at The French Hens Nest

  20. Happy Monday, Terry! I just wanted to let you know that I'll be featuring this shabby awesome chair tonight at Project Inspire{d}.

    Have a fabulous week.

    Mary Beth

  21. Well Done! And I just happen to have a similar chair and a brand new dropcloth, HMMMM. Found you thru Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Fridays where I always find fabulous inspiration like yours.

  22. I love the way this turned out. It took an not great chair and made it fabulous.

  23. Cutest Chair Ever. I love the pleats, the huge brown buttons and the bow! Oh, the bow! I love it all. Great job!

  24. very pretty!
    I love the buttons and straps on the side!
    so clever and stylish...:)

  25. Love this! I just recovered a similar chair in red velvet but I am certainly keeping your project in mind for a change up. LOVE the button tab solutions for the seat cover. Genius!

  26. So cute! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  27. What a beautiful transformation! Love the details! Life to the full, Melissa


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