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Statement Chairs & New Project Design on Friday!!

It’s time for Project Design again!  This time we are taking on the task of repurposing a Craig’s List or Thrift Store chair in “Exceptionally Clever Chair Makeovers”

Im  a  firm believer in letting neutrals reign  in a room, preferring to add color and pattern in pillows and accessories that can be easily and inexpensively changed.   However choosing a single high-impact chair in an strategic spot can create drama and fun.  Taking a Craigs List or flea market chair and reupholstering or slip covering it in an unexpected hue or pattern can add pizazz to an otherwiese neutral space.

Of course I am always partial to something that looks a little “rough luxe”

Cami’s WeHo Jewel-toned abode-*after*!:

Using a vintage textile gives a chair a little more character.

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Love the back detail of this one!

Corset Chair:

I would love to cover a chair with vintage indigo like this.

Cascas Vintage & Design - Huntington Beach, CA, United States. Vintage Indigo Fabric, re upholstered vintage chair.


Something I have wanted to do for awhile: get a ratty old armchair with a good frame and reupholster it into something chic like this.:

these chairs are gorgeous in this big print ~ Kathryn Ireland.

I still love a chair upholstered in the Suzanne Rheinstein Indian Zag.


A chair in vintage african mudcloth would look fabulous in a modern or more traditional setting.



This chair demands attention courtesy of a graphic print and a little gold spray paint.

Love something like this for the Dad's barrel chair! Gives it a lot of design personality....really would make it the show piece. -- < This is now one of my Followers' Super FAVORITE pins ... . >:

Some may prefer something a little more fun…

Chrome Leopard Desk Chair

Love this crazy chair from 1st Dibs upholstered in a MLB’s Lola Diamond fabric

Vintage Chair, Reupholstered in Martin Bullard's Lola Diamond Fabric 1


This is the front of the Butterfly Chair that Noelle created with a Victorian Frame and South African Prints.


You can probably guess my chairs might look a little more conservative…something more like this.

Upholstered with a classic racing stripe, this wingback chair feels stately yet modern. Set atop a sturdy alder wood base in a rich espresso finish.:


Be sure and stop back by on Friday to see what these fabulous designers have done with their chairs.  I know you won’t be disappointed!

Reader Interactions


  1. Gail Storti says

    Hi Cindy, These chairs you've chosen are fabulous and I wouldn't mind have any of them! I think chairs are so much fun and really make a big difference in a room. Great job!!!
    xo Gail

  2. Karen says

    This is my favorite series. Can't wait to see what the talented folks have done. I love some of your examples. At least one instantly conjured up a King Tut thought, can you guess which one? 🙂

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