Before & After: My family room chairs

Hello.  I’m scared to ask if anyone is there.

I received this text last night from my step-mother…..

Yikes, has it really been that long???  I am happy to be back.  I’ve missed this place and have thought about it a million and one times.  Thank you for sticking with me.

Recently, I had my old family room chairs slipcovered.  I’m very excited that they are done!  Now I know how my clients feel when they’ve waited for install day.  Fun stuff.

Before I show you the “before” pictures, here is the back story on these little guys.  They were just that, little.  I needed 2 petite chairs to place by my fireplace for additional seating and since our family room is narrow, finding the right scale was challenging.  Then one day my neighbor put these 2 chairs in her garage waiting to be picked up by the goodwill.  Of course seeing a couple of distressed pieces of furniture across the street piqued my interest so I asked her about them, and she said, “hey, do you want them?”   You know I said, “yes!” and just like Cinderella’s slipper, they were the perfect fit and FREE!!!



If you look close enough, you will see that they aren’t exactly the same.  My seamstress, removed the attached backs and made down-filled loose back cushions and reworked the bottom cushions.  She also tailored the slipcovers so the arms on each chair would match. (I wanted them to be more like the chair on the left)

And what would a design decision be without agonizing about it forever?!?!  I promise there was plenty of that to go around.  I ultimately chose a Khaki seersucker by Shumacher.  You can see it a little better in this picture……..





I’ve also been working the gallery wall, which is mostly a collection of landscape paintings which I’ve picked up at antique stores.  I need just one more small little picture to go on the left to complete it.  Oh, so close.

My next big project is selecting a fabric for my sectional sofa slipcover.  It will be off-white so I need it to be durable, forgiving and reasonable (I need 40 yards!).  That is going to be a bit of a challenge, right?  Any suggestions?

  THANK YOU so much for stopping by!





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  1. Mary
    Posted March 27, 2014 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I’m here! You know I can’t quit you.
    Love the new slips. Can you throw them in the wash or do you have to dry clean them?

  2. Stacey
    Posted March 27, 2014 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    The chairs look great and I love the fabric you chose too. Your gallery wall looks really good too.

  3. Maria
    Posted March 27, 2014 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Your chairs and gallery wall are fantastic! The seer sucker is so fresh and timeless, great choice! I have my eye on a couple of “free” vintage chairs at my office, although they will be far from free by the time I purchase fabric and custom slipcovers. I just can’t resist though. Thank you Claire for motivating LL! Keep the posts coming ;)

  4. Cathy
    Posted March 27, 2014 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    How funny getting that text! LOVE, LOVE LOVE how you made over those chairs! They are a great shape and as you mention a versatile size and look fab in the seersucker!

  5. nancy
    Posted March 27, 2014 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    ok. first of all I’ve missed you and your posts. glad all is well. secondly your mom is stunning in those instagram race photos. you’ve got some great genes! lucky girl. and lastly those chairs rock! but my favorite is the gallery wall. I’ve been working on one with coastal scenes for a difficult wall in our entry hall. can you do a close up of yours when you’re done so that I can study it pretty please? it looks awesome!

  6. Megan
    Posted March 28, 2014 at 2:50 am | Permalink

    Love the chairs and the cozy space!

  7. Karen
    Posted March 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Nice to see your post this morning, Lauren. Your new chairs look great! Nice choice on the fabric…so fresh and pretty. Can’t wait to see what you decide for your sofa! Have a great weekend!

  8. Linda @ Calling it Home
    Posted March 28, 2014 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lauren, I have missed you. The chairs look great. I’m sure you are super busy with other things….this made me laugh out loud.

  9. Lisa
    Posted March 30, 2014 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Lauren!!! So glad to see you posted!!! I check in alllll the time. I cannot believe what you did with these chairs. My grandmother had a very similar set with that same blue velvet fabric, and it’s just miraculous what slipcovers did for them! Did your neighbor see them? This makes me think of all the furniture I have gotten rid of over the years that I could have reworked. The chairs and the gallery wall look so fabulous, looking forward to seeing your sectional!

  10. Laurel Hall
    Posted March 30, 2014 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    So glad you are back! Love the chairs.

  11. sherry hart
    Posted April 7, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Nothing I like better that a ticking….those chairs look perfect! What a deal….free!

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