Wednesday, March 30, 2011

How to Slipcover a Bullet Hole

Hello friends, I hope your week has been a good one so far. Mine has been filled with ...
These..
.Painters canvas drop cloths...lot's of them. If fear the Queens of Slipcovers have created a monster. I find it difficult to go into someones home now and not envision the furniture slipcovered.
My poor husband freaks out when he sees me looking at our furniture with that 'look' in my eyes.
It is a slipcover sickness.
I moved my machine downstairs to be close to my furniture (and the coffee) and the madness began!
pink frame is my attempt to make this chair look good
So this is my next guinea pig. We bought two of these velour wingbacks when we were newlyweds (36 years) back in our Houston days. Hubby was a Houston Police Officer back then. 
See that little bullet hole sized patch in the lower corner of the back....yeah that one. Well it's bullet hole sized because it is a bullet hole. 
It's a long story, but you will happy to know that no one was hurt and no, it was not my hubby who put it there.
I have wanted to cover this chair for
 more years than I care to count.
so after much fitting, pinning and sewing, I now present my very first WINGBACK SLIPCOVER!
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She looks like a a new chair, doesn't she?

This piping stuff is really very easy, I don't know why I have been scared of it. If you are feeling nervous about the piping...don't be. It is easy.

I did simple , but elegant pleats on the skirt and how about her back.
I got the grograin ribbon idea from Miss Mustard Seed. Makes her look like a princess ;->

What do you think...do you like the bows?

I created this soft pillow using an old holiday pillow as the form some vintage looking remnants and black ball fringe.  Ladies...don't throw out those old worn Christmas pillows!! Recover them.
I think she looks great on my new chair.

So I guess I'm happily addicted and if this is wrong, I don't want to be right!
I'll be joining a few friends this week and sharing my post.
I think I miss that little bullet hole...just a little.

Until next time...be kind and stay creative.


51 comments:

Snappy Di said...

Janet!! Totally flippin awesome job on the chair! It's gorgeous girl! Old chairs like that are probably a dime a dozen in Goodwill stores across the country and just waiting to be re-done. I'm so proud of you!

Di

Kelly Ann said...

woot woot...pretty pretty...

Dar said...

Gasp! And to think I gave not one, but two of my wing chairs to my daughter. One I recovered, but nothing as elegant as yours. Beautiful job Janet!!!! I wonder if my daughter has no more use for 'my' chairs. I am freaked about piping but will have to overcome.
BlessYourHeart....I'm so excited for you.

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Oh my goodness it doesn't even look like the same chair!
My aunt had a pair of those and the velour was gross but they were super comfy.
I have to admit I was scrolling through the transformation thursday projects and had to stop because...ummm bullet hole? Ha ha!

Wanda..... said...

Is there anything you can't do, Janet? The chair is beautiful!

Bevelry said...

Stopped over from transformation.. girl that bullet hole comment just had to check it out. Your chairs is awsome. Now I feel like I have to do my ugly old red (now orange looking one). Great job

Claire said...

So that's one of the two Janet..........

It looks great, such a professional job, but I wouldn't expect anything less from you. You are one clever lady Janet.

Loving the cushion too really adds to the makeover, well done.

Claire X

devonaz said...

Wow,,,what a awesome job,,,you are sure on a roll..I love it,,great job..cant wait to see what is up next...

"Sweetie" the English Spot Bunnie said...

WOW!!!! Fantastic, for some reason I think "Bride" when I see the finished product. You have done a splendid job. Keep the bug biting, can't wait to see more!! Cheers, Yollie :0)

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Amazing!! Just love what you did here. And the back with the bows are perfect. So inspiring!!

Aprons and More said...

Beautiful!! I love the detail on the back with the ties! Great job! I can't wait to see what you do next!

Katy :)

Inspired by you said...

That is some mad skills you've got there! Your slipcover turned out beautiful!

Sew it my way! said...

What a great job!!! I love the way you thought of drop cloths for fabric, less expensive than duck cloth by the yard! You put it to goooood use!! Oh...Luv the bows!!!!!!!!!

Maureen said...

You did a fabulous job!

Andrea S. said...

Beautiful transformation! I'm impressed with how finished and sharp it looks! And I'm sure the story is an interesting one for how that bullet hole got there. :)

Gretel said...

Talk about a tramp made into a lady! Isn't the Fed Agent worried about all that white or have you got him properly house trained?

Lisa said...

Again...I need a bib..for the drool! Absolutely gorgeous, you are no monster...you are THE Queen of all slipcover QUEENS!

Jennybug said...

Janet,

She's beautiful! This is the chair that you mentioned when I saw you on Monday, boy you are speedy! Did you do this in two days? Wow! Awesome work, I'm once again very impressed. I love the ties on the back, too.

Jennifer

Leslie said...

This is fabulous!!! I have several pieces of furniture hat desperately need a makeover and I've been tempted to try making slipcovers myself. I confess that a project like this scares me, I'm afraid I don't know enough about sewing to tackle it and really do a nice job. I guess the way to know is to try right? I love how you did that layered pleat in the front, and the piping, I have no earthly idea how to do that. Great job Janet, keep it up!

Slipcovers by Shelley said...

Oh my gosh...it looks great! Those telephone arms can be difficult. I like how you pleated the center front on the skirt too. Glad my Slipcover DVD helped you out!

Jennifer Juniper said...

Why oh why can't my bloggy friend live closer to me?!? If you did I would turn you loose on the couch and loveseat I have hated since I bought it 12 years ago! (I was pregnant when I bought it...'nuff said)

Just imagine coming to my house and sewing a slipcover while I fed you yummy snacks while entertaining you with funny stories and singing and dancing and whatever else your little heart desired!

Piping is scary :(

Fifi Flowers said...

That is a LOVELY slipcover!!!

Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist said...

Wonderful chair.. makes me sad for the two I put out to pasture last year due to a tragic case of avacado green cut velvetness!...

Maddie

Annette said...

Simply stunning Janet! When you run out of chairs at your house, you can come to mine. I promise I have enough to feed this new addiction! And I'll also share my Reisling with you!

Kristi~The Slipcover Girl said...

Girl, you are a slipaholic! yay for you! it's gorgeous! can't wait to feature it next friday!

Wooly Knits n Bits said...

Great job on the slipcover. The chair is good for another 30 yrs for sure!
Now, I am totally intrigued by the bullet story...

Gigi said...

Fab! Love it!

Morning Glory Cottage said...

Excellent job! Love it. Hmmm.... I think I have one of those chairs in my guest room. I see a trip to Lowe's in my future. I'd love to hear the bullet hole story.
Have a great weekend.

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh my goodness how much do I love that chair and pillow!? I wish you could come to my house and cover everything!

Lori~Studio Waterstone said...

Great job! I slipcovered a sofa years ago using a dropcloth and it's the best slipcover ever. Just toss in the the washer and dryer. :)

Tweed Delights said...

Truly gorgeous Janet! A real work of art :D Commisserations on missing the bullet hole, but I think the new cover is worth the loss!! ;-)

pinkim said...

Wow, beautiful job! A bullet hole huh...interesting...I am spending the day catching up on some of my blog reading...Pinkim from TrulySimplyPink

Bettsi said...

Yes, she does look like a princess! Your next pillow makeover should include some kind of crown for your chair!

Stinkycheese and Olivejuice said...

Wow great job! Beautiful transformation! I totally reupholstered mine but the next one I'm doing a slip-cover to see if I can handle all that piping too! Thanks for the Add by the way!

Shelley said...

You did such a great job!!! I love, love, love the skirt. So unique. Thanks to MMS I too did the same thing to my wingback chair. So glad I did it though.

Found you on Miss Mustard Seed!

Shelley
www.westermanfam.blogspot.com

The LadyBugs Garden said...

I love her Janet! She is very pretty with the bows going down her back.
Stephanie
xoxo

Maison Conti said...

Hello Janet...something went haywire with my Empty Nest feed so I think I've missed a few posts in the last week...well it was a crazy week anyway. I LOVE the slip cover. I have to say I'm a bit envious of your sewing skills. I am not only afraid of piping, I think I'm fundamentally incapable of it. The chair and pillow are just beautiful.

Alaina said...

Your chair looks great, I love the bows in the back, after watching Miss Mustard Seed, I too have them on the back of my chairs. I think I have that same look of what would you look like white, just so you know it works with white paint to. My husband gave up and lives in the land of white now, there is no going back.

Dixie Sargent Redmond said...

Oh, my! You are going to definitely get me going on my sad, sad 18 year old loveseat. I already have the drop cloths, but I need to bleach them and I got one of those high efficiency washers which won't do the job. So I need to go to the laundramat, I guess. Now to sneak the ugly recliner out when no one is looking...

sharon said...

When you see your current family room furniture at Salvation Army for $50, its definitely time to think about a change. So this past weekend we cleaned up the loveseat and sofa and donated it. Now there are two sets of 20-yr old matching furniture at our local store!

Today, after eyeing all the wonderful transformations with slip covers, I may just go to Salvation Army and buy my old furniture back!

You've done a brilliant job and should be very pleased with yourself! I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Wow I had these same chairs in Houston too. lol About that many years ago. I have missed them ever since I let them go to another home.
This redo of them is absolutely awesome. I love it. Please redo my furniture. Pretty Please
Love
Maggie

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Hi ~ just found your site through a Pinterest link of your slip-covered chair. You did an awesome job! I've got a chair that's really still in perfect shape, but the fabric does not suit me anymore, so I've been thinking about attempting a slip-cover. Love the idea of using a drop cloth! Thanks for the insiration!