Thursday, February 6, 2014

Quick Slip Cover

I purchased this chaise lounge two to three years ago with the intention of recovering it. A cat had used it for a scratching post before I bought it, and my cat hasn't helped matters! It also had a few stains and needed a new cushion.

When the grand kids come in from outside they just "flop" down on it~~~hence a few more of the stains. So I knew traditional fitted reupholstering was not a smart idea. I was going to need something I could just remove and throw in the laundry. Slip covers??? I find the challenge of a slip cover just as daunting as complete reupholstering.

This is a large piece and I knew this was going to be an involved makeover so I really wanted to be sure of my fabric choice.  So I procrastinated~~~ And dreamed~~~

Photo from Victoria magazine March 2002
This is how I envisioned it to look when done. Crisp and tailored with a clean floral pattern. I passed up a chaise in the style above prior to my armless purchase. And I guess I thought mine would magically grow arms~~~

First I couldn't decide on fabric, then I read all about using drop cloths to recover with.  That sounded like my kind of fabric and my thinking had gravitated to a more neutral covering.  So, decision made!

I purchased a new piece of foam and a couple of drop cloths.  When I opened them I wasn't that excited about the color, so I thought some more.  Then I read how to lighten them with bleach, did that~~~After laundering it became apparent that the texture, weight and color  is different between the two  (these were from the same manufacturer and bought at the same time). One developed small thread bare holes while the other came out with rust spots. I needed both to complete the project. And the color is not where I want it to be...CREAMY not greeeny!!!

Then I found this bedskirt...oh my wouldn't that look lovely with the drop cloths...well, NO it didn't. Were back to the color issue again! These might look as if they match...but not in real time.

So I pushed it to the back burner while a chair in the living room played host to an ever growing pile of fabrics. I had also picked up a couple of white flat sheets to use for cutting and fitting templates. You'll also notice a rolled bundle at the back...well that is a mattress cover...they make wonderful covers for in between your foam and outer fabric.

Well this weekend I decided the pile was going to be put away. Heck, maybe the chaise lounge should just go away too!!!  In the end I couldn't resist just one more try to see if I could make it work. And this is what came about~~~

 YES! I used T-pins and string to complete the fitting...this is only semi-permanent!!!

It's not what I want fabric wise, I'm thinking more of a canvas type material. I still want the floral, floor length, flounce around the perimeter.  And I definitely want a slip cover.  But I'll use this for now.  I like how it brightens the area as I transition to a lighter palette.  Also I'll get an idea how it's really going to work with the grand-kids. And hopefully I'll be more inspired to finish the project!!! But for now~~~

 I added my vintage Belgium tapestry pillow to pretty it up~~~

"The Fortune Teller"


I made this pillow almost two years ago for my booth space...I thought it would be a quick seller...but alas, no one seemed to want to pay $78.00 for it, which I thought to be a reasonable price for it's size (22" x 22") and being uniquely one of a kind.

To make it I added two rows of lace (3" width each) one is an off white crochet cotton and the other is a black polyester.  And I backed it with a gorgeous bronze, satiny fabric. Inside is a wonderful down insert. Took quite awhile to find one that was large enough for the tapestry, as I didn't want to alter the size by cutting. I wanted as much of that lovely pattern as possible.

 Well, at least the pillow is done!!!

Thanks for stopping by~~~
Happy Hunting and Gathering!!!


  1. Good for you for giving it a go, it looks great! Sometimes just picking the fabric takes more work than the actual redo...I know you will get it right in the end, I love the inspiration piece! Thank you for your sweet words on my Flea and so glad you like the logo!


  2. I agree with Carol, it always takes more time to make a decision than it does to actually complete the project. The right idea will come in time. I love the drop cloth look!!

  3. Great temporary solution. The lovely pillow is a good way to add interest.
    Mary Alice

  4. I think it's wonderful that you are taking this on. I completely agree that sometimes choosing the fabric can be the most difficult part of a project. But...with putting the dropcloth slipcover on like you did, you will have a chance to live with it that way for awhile and see how you like the color after a few weeks. You'll find just what you're looking for and it will probably happen when you least expect it! You know what else? It's always the thinking about a project that is the most daunting. Once you find what you're looking for and begin, you'll sail right through and think, "wow! That wasn't so bad after all!" I wish you the best with your chaise - you'll find your fabric and I can't wait to see it when you do :)

    God Bless,

  5. Oh my! I so admire your efforts! I wish I was so inspired. I know I will never try a real cover myself. I agree that slip covers are the way to go. My drop cloths are a weird gray color. I think some folks are finding them in white. I need those! Your pillow is a beauty!

  6. Slip covers are not as easy as they seem they would be. How about using a creamy denim color? I know you will find just the right fabric and it will come out great. I love the drop cloth phenomenon and use it often to recreate my pieces but I'm sure that's not what the manufacturers have envisioned for their product. Your pillow is stunning.

  7. That chair is going to be gorgeous- can't wait to see it completed:)
    The pillow is so pretty!


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