Wing Back Chair {Before & After}

So last summer I picked up this chair for a whopping $12 at a yard sale. It had good bones but the fabric had seen better days. It was dirty, stained, faded, with holes on the ottoman.



There was skirting around the entire chair and ottoman that was severely stained.  After a thorough steam cleaning session of the entire chair I removed the skirting . My guess is that the ottoman didn’t originally come with the chair. The leg style and color are different than the legs on the chair. I assumed this set had been upholstered together many years ago.

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The back of the chair’s fabric was faded; it must have been close to a window during it’s former life. I kind of liked that though.


I knew I wanted to have fun with this chair and do something a little different. I bought several colors of RIT dye and thought about painting the chair’s fabric. I used the strips of skirting for testing purposes but quickly realized this wasn’t the best option in this case.  The fabric took the dye differently in spots and the end result was a splotchy mess.

This is what I came up with:


The first thing I did was paint the exposed woodwork so everything matched. I had some left over gray paint from my Kitchen Island and I also added a tinted glaze over that to bring out the detail.

I decided to make a new cushion cover for the chair and re-upholster the ottoman in the same fabric. This fabric came from Hobby Lobby. I took the original chair cover apart to create a new pattern and used it to cut out my fabric.  The piping I’ve had for years, I picked it up at a yard sale one summer.


I used some different trims for the edging of the ottoman and chair. Some I had on hand and some I picked up at Hobby Lobby also.  They don’t match each other but it doesn’t bother me.





It is a great spot to read and snuggle with my little man. I picked up the back pillow from Big Lots for $20.





And now for the final side by side shots:


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And just incase anyone was wondering, the butterfly shade came from a local boutique, you can find more about my artwork frame here, the wood stool was picked up at a yard sale, and my Life is Good mug can be found at Hallmark.