{Living Room} New Chair Cushions

Thanks for all the awesome feedback on the Dining Room mood boards! I haven’t tallied the votes, but wouldn’t you know it, both rugs are sold out now!?! Who bought my new chevron rug?!

You probably thought I’d given up on my Living Room Plan List. No, it’s just taking me the usual forever to finish a room. One of the items on the list was to recover the cushions of the cane barrel chair (inherited from my grandparents).


I was able to dress it up for awhile with a throw and chevron pillow, but I wanted to give it more style with updated cushion covers.

It’s such a cool chair, but the flesh-tone cover wasn’t doing it any justice.

chair before 2

She’s not a wallflower any more…this girl has come to party!

chair after

Some of you (particularly observant) readers may recall seeing the chair with this fabric before. That’s because it was wrapped around the cushions for awhile before I pulled the upholstery trigger. Since it’s a bold choice, I wanted to live with it for awhile.


Can you believe I made a decision on my own? Well, not exactly. I did ask everyone that passed through our door. But when I got the cushions back, I knew we’d I’d made the right choice. I used a local shop (Berkeley Decor) and they did a fabulous job. The price was really fair, and the pleats and piping look fantastic.

chair close

chair close 2

I know some of you want to know the details on the fabric. And if I were a better blogger, I’d be able to tell you! All I know is it’s an indoor/outdoor goodie found on clearance at Hancock Fabric. Last year. Ooops. If anyone has any idea, please let me know and I’ll update the post. But for now, let’s just gaze upon the Before & After goodness again.

chair before

new chair 2

It’s a bold choice, but it adds a contemporary touch to this fairly traditional room. And the blue and green perfectly tie in with the rug, armoire, wingchair and new green lamps.

new chair 1
And another one thing bites the dust! Click on each item if you’re playing catch-up on this room. 
Paint Hall Chest
Paint/Wallpaper Nook Walls
Paint Backdoor (decided against it)
Add Nailhead to Wingchair
New Covers for Barrel Chair Cushions
Sand & Stain Secretary
Gold Leaf Back of Secretary

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  1. chair looks fab! Totally stinks about the rug! too many readers loved your pick I guess 😉

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  2. Perfect punch of freshness with your mix! It's like when Oprah announced something! 🙂

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  3. I just recovered benches in my bedroom with the same fabric in another colorway. Love it! Here's a link to yet a third color offered in this fabric, I didn't search to see if they have your exact one though.

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  4. Furniture from grandparents is the best! The chair looks awesome with the new fabric!

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  5. She has come to the party indeed, and all the guys are going to want to take her home 😀 It looks awesome, and that pillow with it is such perfection! What a bummer about the rug 🙁

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  6. Laurie wrote:

    That girl is the life of the party in her new dress! Woo Hoo she is good looking.

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  7. I love how it turned out! Thanks for the reference for where you got it done – I have a few things I want reupholstered…so I will definitely check them out!

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  8. I love it! We used this fabric on a pillow in my client's basement. Such a fun fabric. And totally you I think!

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  9. Oh no!!! That's so sad about the rug. 🙁 I'm sad for you. The chair looks fabulous though!!!

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  10. Amanda wrote:

    its loverly!

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  11. Major bummer about the rugs. I LOVE the new chair fabric. Super cute.

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  12. I think it looks GREAT!! Such a bold choice but the risk paid off! The colors are beautiful!

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  13. Love the chair and the new fabric!

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  14. The chair looks great!! And I never post about anything I'm "thinking" of buying or plan to buy soon until I actually bought it. Because like what happened here, your readers will buy it first!! I did that with my living room rugs and my new laundry room rug. *giggle*

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  15. The chair looks amazing, absolutely love it!

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  16. Love the fabric! It looks awesome!

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  17. Such a fun fabric! Great choice.


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  18. Chair looks awesome! You know I love me some statement chairs!

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  19. Your chair looks brilliant, it really brings it to life, good choice xx

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  20. LOVE love love it! It's perfect!

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  21. Christie wrote:

    Wow, awesome before & after!

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  22. Love the new fabric – it totally changes up the chair! So excited to see this because my in-laws just donated a bamboo chair and ottoman to their favorite daughter in law. It's in bad need of a makeover and I love to see how yours came out!! Your living room looks great and you are plowing through your to-do list!

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  23. pam wrote:

    love love love.

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  24. Cassie, those look ahhh-mazing. Cannot get over how gorgeous your living room is!!
    mk & Gwynnie

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  25. emily wrote:

    The chair frame is beautiful and that fabric is perfect. It's such a fun pattern and color! It looks amazing in your fab living room.

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  26. That fabric is perfect! It looks beautiful.

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  27. Lisa Mende wrote:

    Looks awesome!!!!

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  28. She looks fabulous! I love the bold fabric choice! Brilliant!

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  29. Beautiful! I absolutely love the new fabric. Testing out the fabric beforehand is a great idea, especially with such a bold choice. The chairs are really something special, now!

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  30. Lisa B. wrote:

    You couldn't have picked anything better. The way this chair picks up the colors in the rug is amazing. I love it. I absolutely love love love your rug, too.

    Posted 5.20.12 Reply