Today I started decorating for Christmas. I'm far from finished. I'm taking my time, concentrating on the details and weeding out old pieces that I no longer want or need. I am going for a simple, rustic aesthetic, just like last year, so lots of little makeovers are taking place around here. Some are solely for the holidays, others will last long into the new year.
This chair is getting the best of both...a holiday makeover with a technique that I will use on it over and over again in the coming months to suit the seasons and my mood.
Back in the merry month of May, I posted about my desire to recover this chair. I found it in a neighbor's trash years ago. I loved its low profile and small frame, so I dragged it home with me. I had the cushions professionally constructed and covered to coordinate with my old plaid living room sofas.
When I replaced those pretties with the plain white couches that are in the room now, I suddenly felt as if the chair needed an update, too. I was going to cover the cushions with this buffalo check, but as the months ticked by, it fell lower and lower on my to do list.
Tonight, while I was hanging ornaments on the tree, the pattern of that fabric started to bother me again. It's lovely, it's just too busy for me right now. I thought about running out to the fabric store to get something to recover it...then I remembered it was Black Friday.
And that I have never slipcovered anything this involved before.
And that I'm a very lazy decorator...
...but once I get an idea in my head, I just can't let it go.
Design OCD. It's a problem.
So, I started thinking about how I could cheat my way to a quick cover and remembered a pair of red velvet pillow shams I had stashed in the linen closet. They came with a red quilt I used to put on my bed during the holidays, but the shams are king sized and even though we have a king bed, we don't use king pillows.
I'm not sure why I held on to them for so long, but I'm glad that I did.
I grabbed them and got to work. I needed to slit one of seams on the back of the sham to allow for the thickness of the cushion. Opening the back provided enough give to accommodate the depth of the seat.
I tucked the bottom cushion inside the sham and then placed it back in the chair. The other sham did not need to be cut. The top cushion is thinner and fit just fine.
I dropped the cushions back in the frame. The fit is very snug and a little tucking secured the fabric. Since the cushions are completely encased in the shams, they shouldn't move that much and if they do that's fine. I'm not a perfectionist.
I love the new monochromatic look. It's perfect for the Christmas season.
Even better, I have two white matelasse shams all ready to go when spring rolls around and I'm ready to lighten up the room. In between, who knows what I'll do. I always see great shams in the clearance aisle.
Of course, that's a while away.
For now, I'll just enjoy my new view, as I decorate the rest of the room.
Have you started decorating for the holidays yet?
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