Saturday, January 12, 2013

Update on an update

(from the Department of Redundancy Department, no doubt)

In this post, I updated you on my bedroom progress.  I also showed you photos of the slipcover I wanted to use on my old, very dated looking 90s chair:

Hello ~ the 90s called.  They want their chair back.

It's actually damned good Rowe furniture.  Solid, well~upholstered, and has held up remarkably well through 3 moves, 7 dogs and a lot of sitting. I also have the sofa, loveseat and an ottoman:

While a bit exaggerated, the curved arms aren't too far removed from what's being sold in Ikea, Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn these days.  Re~upholstering was not in my budget, so I knew it would have to be slipcovers.

My first choice was  I had read about them on various decor blogs, but frankly, I was less than impressed.  Their selection is tiny, and never seems to be replenished, and after my 5th email asking about inventory went unanswered, I gave up.

My second choice was Rachel Ashwell's "Simply Shabby" line from Tarjay.  After reading the online customer reviews, I realized these wouldn't work as they are apparently fairly thin and stripes and prints show through the cream/natural slipcover.  Strike two.

By this time, my thoughts on the style I was going for had changed.  I realized that I wanted a more formal look to my living room and bedroom.  I then found this style by SureFit:

I love the matelasse, and even though I have a dog, I love the white.  I wasn't sure if the slipcovers would fit my furniture, though.  I lucked out and found a new, unopened with tags chair cover on eBay for half of the retail cost.  I bought it (it was sold with a two week return window) and it arrived today.

Amazing.  Even my award~losing stinking photograph looks pretty much like the vendor website photo above.  It fits very well, has a nice weight to it, and best of all, it's machine washable...woot.  The stripes don't show through, and I think it complements my "Linen Rose" bed linens perfectly:

vendor photo

my actual bedroom

That leaves a Parsons chair to be slipcovered (SureFit to the rescue again), and the installation of drapes (plain, white linen panels that I'll trim with fabric from a second "Linen Rose" duvet cover I purchased for that reason) and my bedroom will be done.  I'm also going to get the same slipcovers for my living room furniture.

I am linking up at:

Mod Mix Monday @ Mod Vintage Life 
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Table Top Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House 
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage


  1. Enjoyed reading about your slip cover. I had problems finding slip cover for my sofa and love seat and made my own temporary covers. I enjoyed the detail you went through good to know information on slipcovers... Thanks for the great read... Hugs,Cindy

    1. Cindy:

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I try to make up for the inferior quality of my photos (lol) with as much information as I can give. I know when I'm searching on decor blogs, I appreciate links and good information.


  2. I have a slipcover on a wing chair that looks a lot like yours. It drives me nuts. Whenever anyone sits in the chair, the cover pulls out from all the places it's been tucked in to make it fit...from around the seat cushion and from between the back and the wings. I wish better luck to you, Pamela. That chair is going out of this house asap, and the little one in the bedroom is going to have a slipcover made from a red paisley sheet. Egyptian cotton. None one bit of white matelasse. Not. One. Ever. Again.

    Oh, I do feel better now. Thanks for letting me vent......XXX-MJ

  3. Aren't slipcovers wonderful, your chair and bed look beautiful. ~Cindy