No Slipcover? No Problem!

Greetings Friends! A few months ago I freshened up my bedroom.  In addition to updating the flooring, I rearranged some furniture.  For comfort, I decided to move this cozy chair from another room but originally it was the wrong color.  Today I'm sharing my solution--no sewing or painting required! 

No sew vintage linen slipcover

This estate sale find has literally played musical chairs in my home--from the living room to a guest bedroom and finally to my bedroom.  I considered painting it because I've seen beautiful results from some of my industrious blogging friends. However, the concensus is it can be a challenge to maintain a velvety texture.  As this chair is so comfy, I wasn't ready to take a chance I might regret, so I started considering slipcovers...

BEFORE vintage linen slipcover

....but only briefly.  Most of them are rather expensive and I honestly didn't see any that I really loved, so I continued to ponder.  I'd covered my wicker footstool cushion with a vintage pillowcase and I really liked how it looked.  Now when it comes to vintage linens, I'm kind of like Bubba in Forrest Gump. Remember when he describes the various ways to prepare shrimp? "There's shrimp ka-bobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo...."  and the list goes on. On my last thrifting jaunt, I was paying for several lovely linens and was asked, "Now what are you going to do with those?"  when the movie loop starts playing in my mind, "Vintage linen table runner,  vintage linen banner, vintage linen slipcover..."  

Lacy vintage linen slipcover

What can I say, they inspire me! So... I started by tucking the matching embroidered pillowcase into the chair back.  Next, I placed a white European sham in the chair's seat.  After a few days, I found that it rarely needed adjusting or re-tucking after sitting; less than most slipcovers actually! Now I just needed to beautify the arms...

Vintage linen slipcover

I found the perfect solution in these thrifted crocheted tablecloths! I just draped one over each arm and tucked a bit, allowing scalloped edging to be displayed.  I am so happy with my slipcover alternative and love the lacy appearance!  Each piece is washable.... 

Vintage linen slipcover

....and it was super thrifty! I bought only the tablecloths--both for less than $15! Plus I can always change it, if the urge strikes me ;) 
  





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17 comments:

  1. I love this idea! It ties the chair to the ottoman...and looks so charming!

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  2. It looks great now and very feminine!
    Brenda

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  3. Wow, how clever. I love love love the idea. I will certainly have to use it around our home.

    Happy Sunday.

    Janet

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  4. Cecilia ... you are just so clever. That looks so sweet for your bedroom. Covering the sides and arms with the crochet table cloths was a good idea.
    I really like it.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  5. The chair looks charming with it new dress. Thanks for the idea. My pink chair needs some help. Have a great day! Jo

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  6. Cecilia, that's awesome! It looks like a 'designer slipcover' ! Throne for a queen! Love it, and great blog post title. Thank you for linking it up at SHARE IT sunday linky party! ~ Rose, www.FineCraftGuild.com

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  7. That looks fabulous, Cecilia! What a smart idea!

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  8. How very pretty! What a great repurpose. I like how easy it will be to change when the mood strikes. :-)

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  9. This is just lovely! I love the linens you chose! So charming and romantic :)

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  10. Doesn't your chair look gorgeous? You are so clever and it looks so vintage. I love lace and crocheted pieces so much.

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  11. I absolutely LOVE this, my friend! Now I want to go out and find a chair just so I can do this :) Beautiful as always. Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration!

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  12. This is such a clever idea and it looks so pretty too. You can just change it out when the mood strikes. Thanks for sharing your idea at Vintage Inspiration Party.

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  13. What a creative idea Cecilia. I love it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  14. I am so impressed by your creativity. I also need to cover a chair and didn't like what I could purchase. No sew is really my speed. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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