Of all the design elements found in a home, the chair is probably the most used, the greatest in number and whose style is the most diverse. Think about it I bet you own more chairs than any other piece of furniture. I know I do: kitchen, dining room, living room, family room, porch, office, bedroom, even the bathrooms. Wow, I just counted them up. We have 41 chairs in our house! That doesn’t include lawn chairs, folding chairs or the misc chairs undergoing a transformation. So what’s one more chair added to the mix? My office has plenty of space and the interior design calls for one.
You know me; I love flea markets, antique stores and shopping at Goodwill. I love the challenge of the hunt, a bargain and the opportunity to take something old and re-purpose or make it new and beautiful.
Last summer, Bonnie and I went to the Walworth County Flea Market in Elkhorn, Wisconsin and I found this fabulous arm chair for $20.00! Although it was in great condition (sturdy, all parts intact, didn’t sag), it was upholstered in an atrocious orange crushed velvet fabric. Not even a nice velvet, but a cheap, icky fabric. However, the style had charm and possibility and did I mention the price? Bonnie thought I was crazy, but I could see the potential.
It’s a sexy little chair with a curved channel back and slightly flared legs. I chose an all-over embroidery fabric in a medium turquoise. A bold pattern would have been swallowed up by the channels . The original nail head trim was a bit masculine, so I left that off the re-do.
I’m a do-it-yourself kind of woman, but I don’t do upholstery. I love the results. It’s updated and modern. A perfect addition to my new office.
Count your chairs and let me know how many you have. I think you’ll be surprised.