Slipcover for a new chair

I’m having my little Nook Cottage photographed next week for my portfolio and am getting all those last minute items checked off the long list.  One of my items was to find a new chair for my little antique painted desk.



I’ve had this little desk since I was very young. My dad found it in a barn sale somewhere and refinished it to match my bedroom set. It’s been with me ever since. In all honesty, the desk portion behind the drop leaf is usually filled with junk and odds and ends that don’t have some other place to go. But I want to try to clean it out and stage it for a pretty picture. The drawers actually hold some of my clothing since my bedroom is too small for a dresser. (yes, really…)


Yesterday I popped into a church Thrift shop in Sandwich, MA and found the perfect chair! And, it fit in the back of my Mini Cooper.


The upholstery has seen better days and the springs need some major work. But doesn’t RoyRoy look very much at home?  Anyway, I don’t have time to get it completely reupholstered before next week. If it didn’t have nail heads (which are a pain to remove) and the springs weren’t shot, I’d probably tackle the job myself, but as it is, I’m going to settle for a making a slipcover instead.

I’ve been researching inspiration images for the best style of slipcover:





I do want the wood frame to still be exposed, which is why I’ll be doing these strap/tie on slips. But then I think that these chairs are like the one’s in the dining room of the “Something’s Gotta Give” movie set – and those are pretty too!


I also think I want to add an extra seat cushion like the one below, since the seat sags a bit.


Of course, my friend Joni of Cote de Texas is a huge white slipcover fan – this is her living room:


As for the fabric, I have this cheery green with yellow and pink dots, which goes well with the adjacent pink curtains. I think I’m going to use this. I’m not feeling the more typical white slips and the rest of my chairs have sand colored velvet slipcovers, so I don’t want more in that color family!

IMG_4614 slipcover

Here is a partial final photo.

Nook Cottage Linda Merrill design antique desk bedroom chair watermarked

8 thoughts on “Slipcover for a new chair”

  1. love the new blog design. changed the address! wow! that’s nice.
    thanks for the shot out! can’t wait to see the new pics for the cottage!!!!

  2. Linda I love your ideas for the new chair slipcover! The fabric is delightful and your childhood drop leaf desk is so very special !so excited about the photo shoot!

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