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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Old French Bergère Chair Gets A Slipcover

We have been thinking about our upcoming move and what furniture we will sell and what furniture will take a trip on the moving van.  

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One chair that was on the chopping block was a French bergère chair and ottoman. While the form was quite attractive the upholstery was getting rather worn. Not to mention the Tuscan look that was once hot, is now not.

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For close to three years I have wanted to slipcover the chair and thought I would attempt the sewing myself. I even bought the antique metis sheets in France to use as the fabric almost two years ago. But all the twists, turns and curves gave me pause. Finally, I decided it was a job best left to professionals.

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I am SO pleased with how the two pieces turned out.

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As the chair is primarily Mr. Décor’s chair I opted for a pleated hem versus a ruffle to keep it more masculine. 

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When I told Rosa the seamstress I had thought about sewing the slipcovers myself she chuckled and said “I have been sewing professionally for over 30 years and the arms on this chair in particular were very difficult to create a pattern for.

Can you spot the velcro closure?

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A terrific “AFTER” don’t you think?

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Are you giving any furniture a facelift?


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Miss Mustard Seed


Kelley said...


I think!

Terrific 'AFTER!'

Happy highways,

Rhonda said...

I have one chair I need to recover. Your chair turned out so beautiful, I love it.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love this chair and the slipcover is fabulous. What a great job. Hugs, marty

Linda said...

Looks wonderful, but no, I'm not doing any face lifts of furniture. I don't sew, so I have to get by with the way things are. Plus, our next huge project is having wood floors installed in the main living space of our home, so that'll do it. ;)
Blessings always,

the language of design said...

That looks beautiful Laura. That will give you pleasure and comfort forever. Rosa is a keeper!

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Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Just beautiful, Laura! I love it! It's nice you were able to give a new life to this chair. I've looked at these types of chairs for years, but they have always been more than I wanted to spend. Some things are best left to the pros! I sometimes think of tackling slipcovers, but I find it daunting just thinking about it.

Blackberry Lane said...

This turned out great. I love the pleats!

April Dunlap said...

It is gorgeous! She did an amazing job of bringing your vision to life.
I looked up the other day and realized we don't own ONE wing chair anymore...*sniff* but that gave me a reason to toss the slipcover catalog. :) Hope your semester is off to a good start!

Rita C. said...

WINNING! Oh my gosh, it looks fabulous, Laura! Way to go!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

totally F A B U L O U S

Vel Criste said...

What an update, totally looks like new furniture!

Debbie said...

VERY lovely, Laura! I am currently ripping the upholstery off a little open arm chair. I had to stop because I have a blister. Ooops.

Mari said...

Ouch your chair turned of beautifully! Love the fabric you choose for her face


Joani said...

It looks fabulous. Rosa is a keeper. Care to share her number? Have a great week.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhh it looks amazing!! I am re-doing a coffee table right now ... not sure I am loving it yet though :)

Bonnie said...

You found the perfect person for the job. It is beautiful. I wish I could hire the same seamstress.

Glad you didn't get rid of such a nice chair. You had a wonderful vision for the chair.

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

I would love to have two of these in my family room! It's exactly like I would have wanted it to turn out. Great choice. xoKathleen

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

I'm working on giving a chair a makeover right now! And also a huge cabinet in my kitchen has been painted and needs the top coat finish put on - if I can just decide what I want to use! That chair and ottoman turned out delightful! Love it!

Maureen Wyatt said...

I love it! Definitely a job best left to a pro.

Auntie Em said...

Your chair looks great! Great choice for the fabric.

I haven't got a stick of furniture that would be worth refinishing. We have been working so hard on the renos that furniture has been put on the back burner. But I keep looking for what I do want when we finally head out shopping. Someday... ~sigh~

Thanks for sharing your before and afters for your chair! :)

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

I am finally here!
I have been fighting with Google Chrome...I can't leave comments at some of my fave girl's blogs!
(duh...slow here!)
I discovered if I visit via Internet Explorer...I'm IN!
Your chair turned out beautiful!
I also love the way your skirted desk looks with the zinc finish on top! I think that finish would look wonderful on the drawers in my kitchen! ooooooo, you have my creative mind you ALWAYS do!

Catherine Holman said...

I love it! You've got me thinking about a chair where I read in my bedroom!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's beautiful and something you'll enjoy for years to come! Hugs!

Darrielle Tennenbaum said...

Great Job! Love the chair

Dawna Motz said...

Love this chairs new look! And it will now match with everything!

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

I don't know how I missed this before- so beautiful! I love the new look with the slipcover.
Are you moving to Colorado? You asked me about our location (western Colorado) awhile back, but I couldn't figure out how to answer you back. Lots of beautiful snow here this week! : )


ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Laura I LOVE the new look!!