2.29.2012

The Longest Chair Redo in History

I’ve had this ghastly chair lurking in the corner of my bedroom(s) for ten years.

circa 2004 (there are so many tragic elements to this picture)

circa 2008

And finally, at long last, I have had the darned thing recovered.  It’s asinine that I spent just under 30% of my life fretting over picking a fabric.  For a chair. And ended up with WHITE.  Without further ado, let me present to you the chair in all of her newfound beauty.  She’s a looker…
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Here are the details:
- The body fabric is Tonga Snow Matelasse by Waverly.  Once I finally picked the fabric it was like the world was working against me to lay my hands on seven yards of it.  After a crazy hunt all over the city of Atlanta and the world wide web, I lucked out on ebay – with free shipping and no tax to boot.
- I traded nail heads for double welting, done in extra yardage ordered from Horchow to match my Essex bedspread.  The bolster pillow is from the same collection in Flax.
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- Trading the channeled back for a smooth back made a world of difference.  The piece de resistance would be my custom monogram from Savannah’s Number Four Eleven (store / blog).  One word – swoon.
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- And, while I adore a good DIY project, I brought in the professionals for this makeover.

Now, I've finally picked a color for the bedroom and once painted it will be well on it's way to completion!
xoxo

Excited for the features at  Liz Marie,  DIY by DesignMiss Mustard SeedFreckled LaundryChatty Chics2805House of HepworthsNo. Four Eleven and Savvy Southern Style!

Find me at The CSI Project!

72 comments:

  1. Oh wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am in love! I don't think I have seen a prettier in my whole life. I keep thinking of my chairs and wondering if I could do this.Once again...OH WOW!

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  2. this chair is stunner! Well worth the wait. Gorgeous!
    Laura

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  3. I sooo need to get my custom monogram...maybe I will work on that this summer... :) LOVE yours on the chair!

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  4. It's simply beautiful. The embroidery really lifts it up above a regular reupholstery project. I would be scared of white...it would be tan in my house in no time! But the white is lovely.

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  5. WOW! Perfect makeover. Fabby choices. If you ever want to get rid of that chair, I'll take it in all it's Frenchiness.

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  6. This is gorgeous. I also have 2 scarcy chairs that are sitting in our sunroom. I tried to DIY but its still looking scary. Sooo, I think I'm going to have to call in the professionals too!

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  7. Positively perfect in every way! Well done!

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  8. The chair is gorgeous! I totally the same way about picking out fabric! It seems like such a big decision, right?! It turned out to be a stunning chair. Love it!

    Take care!

    Trish

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  9. The time paid off because that is absolutely gorgeous. The monogram is amazing!

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  10. Wow ~ it turned out beautifully! I have new furniture coming in a few weeks and I'll be moving an upholstered chair into our master bedroom. It will need a slip cover {which I will also go to a pro for because I will mess it up badly} and I'm already thinking about fabric for it.

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  11. It's Fantastic! I would just stare at it all day! Beautiful!
    XO Cindy

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  12. Wow!! Awesome!! The monogram makes it! Thanks so much for sharing!

    "Keeping Up With the Joneses"
    www.zachandashleyjones.blogspot.com

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  13. WHAT A THING OF BEAUTY! Wow! Tht turned out really great. It was well worth having done professionally. Love it- xo Diana

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  14. Wow!! That is awesome! The monogram makes it! Thanks so much for sharing!

    "Keeping Up With the Joneses"
    www.zachandashleyjones.blogspot.com

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  15. OMG WOW!!!!!! LOOOOVEEEE!!!! definitely makes me think twice about throwing out an old chair... amazing!

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  16. Total delight. Love the monogram, fabric... This one is a winner!
    X
    V

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  17. Gorgeous chair. Love the monogram.

    I clicked on your comment from Calypso in the Country. Glad I stopped by!

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  18. It is so gorgeous!! Oh my stars I love that monogram and the welting is fantastic. I'm such a sucker for matelesse and that was the perfect choice. Beautiful!
    Vanessa

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  19. Wow! The before and after is a stunner. Thanks for letting us peek ~

    Mary @ Sea Quilts

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  20. Girl, this is amazing. Just found you through No Minimalist Here! I've never seen a monogram on a chair like that! Beautiful!
    Melody
    ChattyChics.com
    PS Would love for you to link this up at my place if you can so I can feature it!
    http://chattychics.com/2012/02/28/need-inspiration-wild-wednesday-5/

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  21. Beautifully done and I can't see you ever tiring of your choices! ~ Maureen

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  22. OMGoodness...I am in love! What beautiful fabric and the monogram is amazing. Thanx for joining my party this week. Hugs, Sherry

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  23. It looks amazing with the new fabric and the different back...and that monogram just makes it! Gorgeous!

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  24. OMG, that chair is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! I say it was worth the wait. You sure got it right. The monogram puts it over the top, the fabric is fabulous and so is the welting. Whatever you paid: it was worth it. Thanks for sharing it. XO, Pinky

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  25. This chair couldn't be any more perfect! The monogram is awesome:)

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  26. Gorgeous! I would love a set of wingback chairs for my living room. I have been looking all over Craigslist for something to refurbish but haven't come across the perfect pair. Thanks for the inspiration! Sarah @ Repeat Crafter Me

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  27. It turned out amazing! I discovered you on Artsy Girl Linky Party and I’m now a linky follower; I would appreciate you following me back.

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  28. This is stunning. Beautiful job! Popped over from 36th Avenue link party, now following along via Linky.

    Kelly @ herringbone lane

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  29. Beautiful! Just found you through House of Turquoise. Love the monogram! And I can so relate to taking forever and spending way to much time thinking about the details. I finally just gave an heirloom wingback away because I couldn't decide about the finishing details of my white linen slip, then once I did {after way too much over-thinking}, I didn't want to fork over the cash for the linen! Just plain sad!

    Happy to find you,
    Linsey

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  30. there is nothing classier than monograms and your chair is double classy and fabulous. I also went back and read about your champagne and cupcake party. How wonderful! Love the wrapped Krispy Kreme donuts and love your blog. Following now. xo

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  31. Great chair! I love the monogram. Perfection.
    Happy Thursday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  32. Oh how beautiful! The monogram just makes the white even more elegant! I have a chair I inherited from my mom that I want to recover.
    Hope you can stop by and link this to my Frugal Treasures Tuesday party! Thanks for sharing your beauty.
    Barbe

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  33. What an incredible makeover. It turned out beautiful. I'm now following from Inspiration Friday.

    Have a great day!

    Cinthya
    www.eyeheart.ca

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  34. Totally worth the wait. It looks fantastic. If you get a chance link up here:
    http://www.decoratinginsanity.com/2012/03/furniture-friday-7-and-link-party.html
    xo...mONICa

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  35. The chair is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

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  36. It is beautiful! I love the monogram!

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  37. Stunning! I would stare at it all the time. I love the monogram!!! Yay for you :)

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  38. I LOVE this! The monogram is just stunning!

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  39. I adore that chair - I hope to have one of these one day! Visiting from TT&J...

    Rhonda @ home.made.

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  40. wow what an amazing transformation i love all your projects, it would be great if you could link up again at http://twiggstudios.blogspot.com/2012/03/sunday-show-off-linky-party-4.html

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  41. Beautiful and definitely worth the wait!

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  42. IT REALLY CAME BEAUTIFULLY, I ESPECIALLY LOVE THE MONOGRAM ON THE BACK.

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  43. Are you kidding me? That is beautiful! I'd love you to link up at my first linky party http://burlapanddenim.com/2012/03/party-on-mondays-1/
    I know my readers would LOVE it!

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  44. That chair is a definite wow. If I ever need one recovered you must tell me who you used. The monogram sets it over the top. Thanks for sharing this at Wow.

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  45. Okay, this is absolutely gorgeous. The monogram really puts it over the top. Well done!

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  46. Oh I am definitely swooning! Wow!

    I hope you'll stop by my blog. I am hosting a giveaway for a $50 Kirklands gift card.

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  47. Stunning. The monogram just made all the difference. Love the chair. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  48. Oh my goodness... Love the chair transformation!!! I would love for you to link up to my party going on now at Jillify It! Hope to see you there!

    Jill
    www.jillifyit.com

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  49. That chair isw FANTASTIC!! Great job. I absolutely love it.

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  50. What a great transformation so lovely and how decent looking now.... I am your new linky follower
    Hope you would like to enjoy some good ceramic mugs and other crockery at....
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/2012/03/kitchens-love.html
    With Love
    Farah

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  51. Absolutely gorgeous! Love, love, love the monogram!

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  52. That chair is incredible. I really love that custom monogram. I would love for you to link up to my party that is going on right now. Hope to see you there.

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  53. This chair is beautiful. The flat back and monogram really enhance its beauty. I agree with you. I would have done with a pro on this one too! Nicely done!

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  54. You are featured today at Potpourri Friday!

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  55. That fabric is gorgeous! That's coming from a self-proclaimed fabric snob! Makes me want to redo the chair in my master bedroom. Just stunning!

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  56. That chair should be on the cover of some magazine. It is breathtaking for sure!! You did good. And that custom monogram is devine as well.
    Thanks for sharing your chair with us!

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  57. This is one of the most gorgeous chairs I have ever seen. I will be featuring it tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST tonight. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  58. I am jumping up and down and it is your chair-oh I am so using your ideas when I have some moolah!!!!

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  59. I am jumping up and down and it is your chair-oh I am so using your ideas when I have some moolah!!!!

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  60. You just helped me nail down my 6 year dilemma of 2 barrel chairs I inherited from my grandmother that have sadly been sitting in my guest room because I had no idea how I wanted to reupholster them! I love the idea of the simple white/cream fabric (was considering a cream/flax linen) but didn't know how that would look with the channeling so taking it away and doing a monogram is the perfect solution! I hope I can somehow send my fabric to the Savannah store so they can monogram it and have my reupholsterer here do it!

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  61. She sure is a looker!! I LOVE LOVE the added monogram!

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  62. What a beauty you created! This chair is stunning. I adore the monogram. Fantastic job!

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  63. PHENOmenal!
    I love what you did to this sweet little channel back!
    I cannot wait to see the room that will evolve around it.
    What a starting point for inspiration.
    LOVE it!

    Thanks so much for sharing it
    at Favorites on the First!
    xoxox
    A

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  64. Thank you for linking up to The CSI Project! I think your new chair looks amazing :) I love the monogram

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