So what was I going to do? We had this old office chair at home. It truly had been well used. Could this be my candidate?
|What could I do with this?
I was inspired by my love for Flow Blue China. Should I paint a pretty blue design on these panels like the pattern on this plate?
It was clear. I needed HELP! I shared my idea with Ellie. Right away she said, "Oh, I can embellish your design with beads." Excellent idea, or so I thought. As we started to forage for beads in our box of remnants we could not find any color beads we could use. But we did find an old belt that was made from strands of beads. The only thing was, they were black!.
So out went the first idea and now we decided to design a black and white chair. This would be a work in progress....create as we go.
|I draped the fabric over the chair this way and that.
|Hmmm, this is a pretty detail. We could add buttons or tassels. The wheels were begining to turn.
|We should make a pattern but this is not going to be as easy as I thought.
|So Ellie began to work her magic exploring different ideas.
|What could we do with the top part?
|Something like this could work, but what should we do about the chrome base and black casters? Could they painted white?
|The back was puzzling. What should we do with all that bunched up fabric? We decided to consult our drapery lady who promptly trimmed it out.
|We added cording along the top and around the seat, draped the belt across the inside of the back, added buttons on the ends from an old coat and used 2 small old buttons with velcro to secure the top part to the seat.
|We hot-glued a black band around the skirt and decided and embellished it with beads from a craft store.
|We placed a tassel that resembled the belt on the back of the chair at the top of the train.
|Since we had a few beads left over we though they would add a finishing touch to the bottom of the train.
|Here it is. But what about the wrinkles? Could we actually iron it? Yes but it was tricky. It's good we designed this slipcover in two parts.
|Here we are with our chair. In handling it did get a bit messed up but then it's a slipcover!
|Our chair went to the live auction and took it's place in the sculpture garden of The Boca Museum along with all the other wonderful creative chairs.
All the chairs sold, even ours. At first we thought the person who bid on it bought it to donate back to charity, but when we spoke with him later he said no. His sister saw it on the IFDA Florida website and asked him to bid on it for her! She wants to use it as her vanity chair. It is fun to know our chair has a new home and a new life. Now that is Fabcyling!
Have you ever made something new out of something old? Have you repuposed something for a totally new use? I always love watching Flea Market Flip on TV and there are so many many clever ideas on Pinterest showing how people have turned things like an old chest of drawers into kitchen island or a bench into a coffee table or a coffee table into an ottoman .....the creativity of people astounds me. What inspires you to get creative with something that is ready to be retired?
As always I invite you to share your experiences and ideas in the comment box. I look forward to hearing from you.
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