Wednesday, June 26, 2013

One Chair, Two Fabrics

I am currently obsessed with upholstered chairs that have more than one fabric.   Whether the fabrics coordinate of totally contrast each other.  I've done a few pieces in the past mostly combining drop cloth and burlap but I wanted to bump it up a little.

OK it's still very neutral but it definitely makes a statement.  The inside back and seat fabric is a rich beige colored velvet.  I love the sheen and the softness of it.  The outside back fabric is a lighter shade with a linen texture and soft black pattern.  I like how the different shades and textures of the fabrics contrast each other.  I chose to paint the frame white and distress it to make it pop against the fabrics.  A linen or beige color would have blended in too much.  Black would have been striking as well. 

On this piece I had to do a little sewing for the back pieces.  Because of how the chair curves the pattern didn't line up straight.  I think it matched up pretty well.  I used the old fabric as a template to make it easier.  I also sewed some double cord welting to hide the staples around the bottom and arms. 

I used plygrip/curve ease on the top of the back for a crisp clean look.  I explained how to use plygrip in my how to re-upholster the back of a sofa post.  Again it looks scary but it's actually pretty easy to use.

I wasn't sure how well the two fabric look would sell.  I sneak peaked it on facebook and she sold right away, never even made it to the store.  Gotta love it when that happens. 

I want to try this look again on some more chairs I have and really do something funky.  We shall see.  Sell ability keeps trumping funky and think I just need to let loose.  Right?  So are you a fan of the two fabric look?

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  1. Love it! I had a couch done with different fabric and I love it too. It is so fun and versatile.

  2. Beautiful! Great job, I wish I could re-upholster like that

  3. <3!!! Lucky person, wish I had seen it sooner to snag it myself. Beautiful job!

  4. I love this! You did an amazing job on it. Makes me want to try this. The lines of the chair a fabulous too. I'm glad it sold for you. I tend to go with sell ability too...but every time I let loose it sells too. I think a happy medium some of the "classic" looks and the "funky" looks are best. Great job.

  5. wow look at you go! I can't believe you keep upholstering things - so much work!!! Looks fantastic!

  6. Wow, that is a ton of work, but your chair looks amazing. I love the two fabrics. Hugs, Marty

  7. Oh my goodness Mimi, what a gorgeous chair! I love the fabric mix. And you matched it up so perfectly. You should be so pleased! ... Oh my, I wish you could come work your magic at my house!!!

  8. Mimi this is gorgeous! This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us!


  9. I am IN LOVE with this chair!!!!! I dont think I am talented enough to reupholster a whole chair, but your GORGEOUS fabric combo has inspired me to find something like that patterned linen and do pillows to go on a plain sofa! do you have a good source for fabrics that you might share? I want to possibly try to make chenille or velvet slipcovers and your velvet on this chair is beautiful too!
    As far as sale-ability goes, I truly believe that with your gift of artistic design, just about ANYTHING you design is going to sell, so GO FUNKY, girl!
    if you love it, I guarantee others will too!!!

  10. This chair is adorable! Love the fabric combination as well as the stitching detail on the sides. You did a lovely job! (Hopping over from Three Mango Seeds)

  11. Amazing! You have gotten sooo crazy good at re-upholstery! This is beautiful! (where did you get that fabric?)


  12. Brilliant, you are just so talented! x

  13. I love the patterned fabric on this piece. I like the two fabric look, although I'm not in love with the beige color on the inside. I would have liked to have seen it more closely coordinated with the patterned fabric on the outside. Still a lovely piece.


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