Sunday, February 6, 2011

Recliner - a Before and After


We have had this 1990’s mauve recliner, a hand-me-down from the in-laws for over 11 years .  Mauve never matching anything in our living room.  I cannot believe I have lived with mauve this long.  My accent wall used to be terracotta orange and I still rocked a mauve chair.  My problem is I am cheap and the thing is in great shape.  So every time I went to purchase a slipcover for it costing around $100, ( I have had them in the cart many times) I would tell myself you can make a slip cover, so I put it back. Besides the ones you can buy are stretchy and clingy, not what I wanted. You know how lazy boy recliners have the cushions attached to them?  I didn't want it to look like that.  I am loving all the drop cloth slip covers out there in blog land especially with the pleated skirts so this was the look I was going for.  I have been reading blogs for over a year now and let me tell you, it has changed my life.  I have found my people.  People who can talk about decorating, creating, organizing, painting and repainting all day long.  You have INSPIRED me, made me up my game.  So now I made that darn slipcover.


I will post a tutorial this week I just dont have the energy to type all that up today after yesterday.  It will prove that this is the same chair.  It doesn't look like it does it?

To see the whole transformation process check out this post, Recliner Slipcover Tutorial

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10 comments:

Brenda@ **Dragonflys and Stars** said...

I am new to your blog. I gotta say "Awesome job!" Anyone that can make a recliner look classy belongs in blogland! :) Great Job! Now I am going to go wander around your blog...

Okie Chic said...

Ohkay now I have never wanted a recliner until now. Yours is gorgeous!! Im your newest follower coming from Funky Junk.

Denise said...

If you could, I have questions about how you did this. I know you said you weren't a professional, but it sure looks like you could be! Do you have an email address I could send my question to? or would you prefer I just ask from here?
my email is denisesandberg@sbcglobal.net
thanks so much!!

Lindsey Diffendaffer said...

Mimi! This is seriously AMAZING. If I could slipcover like this, I think even my dog would be slipcovered. I'm so impressed. Great job, girl.

PicturePerfectPixies said...

You amaze me! I am hooked. You are freakin' awesome!

paintergal said...

Oh my goodness! I am so glad I wandered to your blog from Pinterest. I attempted to do this last winter and mine is really a sorry looking thing. I am definitely going to analyze your photos and see if I can improve mine

Unknown said...

Would love to see your tutorial! I have to brown recliners that need some LOVE!

Michelle Staley said...

In cleaning out some old books I came across one on reupholstry (sp?) from the late 1940s. I will see if I can relocate the book and will scan the pages and instructions in. Will post back here when I get that task done.

boyle said...

Seriously? This is the same chair? It's not even the same shape and clearly the dimensions are different from the "before" chair.

Mimi@blueroofcabin said...

Here's the post where I show how I did it. I tore out the puffy back cushion and replaced it with a flat cushion which totally changed the look. http://www.blueroofcabin.com/2011/02/recliner-slipcover-tutorial.html

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