First Flip List item of the year is a wrap! Wait... what’s a Flip List you ask? Well every year I set out to do seven new diy projects. Usually they’re a combination of things (both furniture and decor related) that scare me and things I’ve always wanted to try.
So this year’s list is as follows:
Now let’s meet the slipper chairs:
It was actually that citridelic yellow that drew me to them in the first place, but up-close, the fabric was sad and scratchy. I loved the beautiful wood and cane frame so that had to stay, but the seat fabric was another animal. I decided to do two things I’ve long wanted to do:
1) Restore these beautiful chairs
2) Use a Pendleton Wool Blanket pattern to do it:
Pendleton wool comes from a family owned company that's been weaving wool blankets for over 150 years. They have a myriad of blanket patterns - mostly Native American inspired designs but they also produce a series of blankets unique to several National Parks. It is these blankets that inspired my latest reupholstery project - specifically the Glacier National Park pattern.
To me, the bright-colored stripes on the upholstery are a young twist on a classic design.
To keep it fresh, I cut the patterns to be mirror images of each other instead of centering the design the keep it symmetrical.
I would have loved to use the real blanket on this project but they are admittedly priiiiiiiicey. Plus let's be real... I don’t think I could bear to cut one up. So instead I had a suede replica made by Spoonflower - something soft for the tushy (and less itchy than wool).
The handy thing about the pattern was I could use the lines in the design to help create pleats at the corners.
There is something somewhat traditional about cane-backed chairs. So to me, pairing them with the primary colors of the classic Pendleton pattern makes them tres Ralph Lauren (as Chelsea puts it).
That gorgeous cane just needed a little oil to bring it back.
And this time, I moved the entire Matisse grid wall from our kitchen just to style this shoot.
Pendleton Slipper Chairs
Now Available for Sale
$345 for the pair
If you are interested in this piece or a custom order like it, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for availability or to ask about our third-party shipping policy.
One down, six to go. Catch up on the 2018 Furniture Flip Bucket List: