Do Not Sit on That Chair!

7.04.2011

You are probably thinking isn't a chair meant to sit on? Well, yes if this person new how to do upholstery to this chair. Let me show you why you can't sit on this chair right now.


I took this fabric that was in the prize I won from Sherry at design indulgence along with the pillows I showed you here and turned it to the wrong side of the fabric. I love the texture of this side. Since I do not know how to do upholstery or how to make a slipcover I just tucked this fabric on here and it is just loose on the back. So don't look! I'm just glad to have some of that ugly blue leather covered up. This chair is Mr. Savvy's first recliner and it moved upstairs when we purchased new furniture downstairs many years ago as my style changed.

Here is an old before shot of what the chair looks like without the added fabric.

I have it all neatly tucked under the and in the sides, but I am sure it will come off if you sit on it.

For now it will just be this way for looks.


Here is the correct side of the fabric. I like it, too, but thought I would show the other side for now.

Perfect with my pillows.

Here is a close up of the weathered clock from Ballard's (bought several years ago) that hangs above the chair.

Close up of the picture I bought at Home Goods last year to hang on the other wall.

So now you know my dilemma and why I say do not sit on the chair.

How many of you have a chair you can't sit on?

Hey, and the red, white and blue still ties in with the 4th.
Have a good one!


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54 comments:

  1. I have one. It is an old windsor back with a rush seat. No ONE, not even the grands are allowed on it. I have stuff sitting on it like it is a table.

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  2. Well it sure looks good Kim. No chair you can't sit on here..not yet anyhow LOL.

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  3. All but the one rush seat dining chair can be used. But that one is a no-no. Love the fabric. Hugs, Marty

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  4. Actually, I like the blue chair and instead would use the fabric as curtains. If there is not enough, then wouldn't it look great as a border on the blue curtains and a matching lumbar pillow for the chair?

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  5. I like the "wrong side" of fabric very often...I covered my piano bench using the wrong side. Your chair looks great and your wrong side is much more interesting than the right. ; )
    I used to have a no sitting area, but gave up with three boys in the house! LOL

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  6. At this point all of my chairs can be sat on....but you never know what the future may bring! I love your tucked version...great fabric!
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  7. So far, we can sit on all our chairs, Kim. : ) When I had surefit covers on a couple of chairs I would say "don't sit on it you'll mess up the cover!" What about velcro? I wonder if that would hold it in place to sit on.

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  8. My chairs can all be sat upon, but two had to have slipcovers because the upholstery was done poorly and ripped. Call me crazy, but I love that blue leather chair!

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  9. Kim,
    I sew with a LOT of upholstery fabric with my bag making and I'm with you--very often the "wrong" side is just as/more pretty than the "right" side. I like what the fabric does with the chair. I too have some chairs that are not sitting-worthy, mainly because I fear they'll fall apart if someone sits on them! Happy 4th!
    Best,
    Susan

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  10. that is too funny A chair you can not sit in

    Love how the material look very much though! It definitely is an improvement
    ...and I do have a chair no one sits in because it was my grandmas and it is so old

    Kat

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  11. I don't currently have any chairs you can't sit on. Yours looks great, though!

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  12. I wouldn't have looked twice at that chair before, but now it looks really classy. I love the wrong side of the fabric - good choice. :)

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  13. The fabric adds a nice touch to the leather chair Kim. Have a great 4th! Martina

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  14. It's looking great Kim! I love the new fabric and love that clock!

    Have a Happy 4th!
    Pam

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  15. Hi Kim; I love the back of the fabric,,, it goes with the chair perfect... the whole corner is so comfy looking.... I do have chair that no one can sit in...lol

    Happy 4th

    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  16. I have several chairs that we don't "sit" on....I thought I was the only one! I really like the fabric either way...when you get tired of one side, just flip it and use the other side!
    Sharlotte

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  17. Hi Kim,
    I love how your chair looks!!
    I have one in my living room that no one can sit in. It's very old and the springs in the seat part are not very strong anymore. It has beautiful wood arms and legs...so we rescued it from going to the dump. I have plans to recover it, but I still won't let anyone sit in it afterwards. LOL...
    Happy 4th of July.
    ~Cindy~

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  18. You are going to laugh right out loud. MyHero had that EXACT same chair when we lived on Lake Michigan. It was his favorite. When we moved he INSISTED on taking THAT chair in his own truck. He let movers move everything else. So...ON THE WAY THERE...he had forgotten to tie the chair down properly...was going up a hill and gunned it a little bit and the chair went flying out of the back and SMASHED INTO THREE PIECES! Sure made arranging the house a lot easier for me! LOL

    I love what you did with the fabric. As handy as you are with everything you should probably take an upholstery course. You don't even really have to know how to sew all that much..and they teach you. The tech schools offer those courses here all the time. I have always wanted to do that too.

    Have a Happy 4th and everything is looking very patriotic - especially that BLUE chair! xo Diana

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  19. Kim, your chair is adorable. I love all of the elements running through that room. You are so talented. Love the colors.

    Happy 4rth to you and your precious family! XOXO ~Liz

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  20. Now that is an ingenious idea! I am also a fan of the wrong side of the fabric!
    Happy 4th!
    Yvonne

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  21. If you hadn't told me, I would have sat right down! ;) Love that fabric and a great way to recycle a nice piece! Happy Fourth, Kim! blessings ~ tanna

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  22. Great looking fabric! Have a happy 4th. ~ sarah

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  23. That looks great, I can't believe you only tucked it in, could have fooled me! Beautiful little corner!

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  24. Waaaaay better with the fabric...much more you!

    Happy Fourth of July!

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  25. Hey, Kim! Often the wrong side of the fabric is the better choice! I don't know why, but I always feel like I'm doing something wrong when I use it that way! LOL! Love the look of your fabric, wrong side and all!

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  26. This is a charming little corner of your home! I love the painting and the clock and I think you used the "right" side of the fabric. I have 2 chairs that no-one is allowed to sit on because they are too rickety, but they are pretty antiques and i love them.

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  27. oh yeah, the wrong side looks better. I love the clock, so much character to it :)

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  28. love that navy chair, sorry...it is a classic, and classics never go out of style...at lease otrhers commented they like it also...at leastthat makes me feel better.

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  29. Love the back side of that fabric, too! I like the way the chair looks now, but have never been a fan of just for looks chairs. I'd try some velcro or that super strong double sided tape used for clothing.

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  30. I'm just kidding. The material will come off if I have guests over. No one sits on that chair anyway.

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  31. I’m a fellow poster on BNOTP this week. Enjoyed your post.

    Hope to have you stop by my on-line yard sale. Sheila @ www.junkandjewelsyardsale.blogspot.com

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  32. too funny!! i have two such chairs... i have good itentions on making them "real" chairs so you can sit on them, but so far i've done nothing to get me there. lol

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  33. Kim, Oh yes I do have the same thing going on. My dilemma is a little different, its not a pretty problem, its a safety problem. A beautiful leather wing-back I have has a broken spring, I had it repaired and it didn't last and I've spent so much repairing I could almost paid for a new chair. So don't sit on the chair, your back side may end up on the floor! Love your fabric.........

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  34. Ha!! This is how I sew too!!!
    That is great looking fabric!

    Happy July 4th Kim!!

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  35. Well, I might not can sit on it but I'll tell ya...it is SURE LOOKIN' GOOD. I have 2 little club chairs that are sooo ugly...we use them all the time so I can't just cover them up. I don't know how to upholster..GOOD slipcovers are too expensive...woe is me...what's a girl to do?

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  36. Love the reverse of the fabric, much more interesting!

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  37. You could have fooled me! I totally thought it was upholstered. That's some pretty darn good tucking! :)

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  38. My hubs has the Exact same chair in our living room. I hat the blue w/ my colors. It needs covering but I don't know if he would go for that.

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  39. love the look! If you decide you want to cover that part, I have the person for you! Natalie purchased an antique loveseat for her parlor...she only wanted the bottom covered in fabric...after 3 estimates ranging from $200 to $500...she was about to give up. My cousin gave me the name of a guy in Buford(actually right off PIB)and he covered it for $85 and it looks great!!! She wanted to leave the bottom leather trim(with the buttons) to match the back of the chair and he was able to do it. He is amazing!!! AND, he did it in one day...let me know if you are interested.
    Have a great 4th.

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  40. Love the wrong side too, so much prettier. And, by the way, even though I know how to upholster and sew, it takes a while for me to let anyone sit on my latest makewover. After you invest so many woman hours, you just want to enjoy your new creation untouched. Having a summer giveaway, hope you will stop by. Happy 4th!

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  41. I can't get over how much more I like the wrong side of the fabric! Looks great!
    Stacy

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  42. perhaps if I did this to some of my living room furniture then hubs would buy me some new furniture so he could sit down!! Love the reverse side of the fabric best.

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  43. Oh, yes, give me the name and number.

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  44. There are chairs in my house I wish no one would sit in but I can't seem to get anyone to cooperate! I hate it when I have my pillows all fluffed and someone sits down and messes everything up...anyway, you inspired me to figure out Pinterest. I admit that I'm a bit overwhelmed because I just started a Facebook page too. Probably shouldn't have done both over the same weekend. Your boards are wonderful...

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  45. You are just too funny Kim! It does look fabulous though! Love your new flea market find as well!:) Hope your day was a pleasant one!!

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  46. If that recliner is a lazy boy, we have the exact same one. Blue leather and all. I got it at an auction for $160.00. And it's very comfortable!

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  47. Haha....this made me laugh out loud! We had a chair like that a few years ago. I had no idea how to slipcover then (and still really don't) so I just tucked fabric in and then wouldn't let anyone sit on it. It drove my husband crazy! LOVE that clock!

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  48. I love that! It breaks up the blue, and I love the wrong side of the fabric also!

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  49. It's perfect! I used the backside of some tapestry type fabric to make a stationary window treatment for a small window. Many times the backside looks better than the front, I think it has something to do with the texture and sometimes the colors and pattern are more interesting.

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  50. I love the "wrong" side of the fabric; it looks really cute with your chair and the pillows. It's a great idea just to tuck it and try it before you would pay someone to slipcover it. Very cute!

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  51. I have one of those chairs!! I bought it several years ago at an auction. It was lovely turquoise and harvest gold. I recovered it by taking the ugly fabric off and using it as a pattern. It turned out great, we used it for quite awhile...then one day the dry rot must have set in and the back just crunched... It still looks fine, and I couldnt get rid of it, so now, it's in my bedroom, and everyone knows it's "just for looks". You can sit, just dont lean back!! Actually a couple months ago, I took some of your painting advice and sanded the arms and legs and painted and distressed it a creme color...love it so much better now. Still cant sit in it :0)

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  52. First of all, I love the fabric on the wrong side! It is perfect for that chair and that corner! We have a love seat in our master that is over 30 years OLD and the springs are SHOT but I don't have anything else to put in there. I really need to throw it out so I am motivated to get something!!!!! XO, Pinky

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  53. Kim, that looks fantastic! What a way to cover up the recliner! I promise that I will never sit in that chair! Hope you had a great 4th!

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  54. Too funny. We have this recliner in burgundy. It's something that came with the husband, and it's definitely not my favorite. You've inspired me to redo ours, but I'm not sure I can enforce the "no sitting" rule with a 4 1/2 year old in the house. He probably won't sit on it, but he would jump on it! My pillows and throws always end up on the floor, as I'm sure would tucked in fabric.

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