Monday, April 8, 2013

Reupholstered Valet Chair


 This was a simple project at best.  I gave my husband a valet chair over forty years ago. He was very particular about placing his suit jackets in well appointed areas while getting ready for work.  I thought it a good ideal to get him one since he is and has always been a very neat and organized person. Me, not so much. The chair bottom was originally done in faux leather, I think.  I have only change the seat once to a green striped pattern years ago, to blend in with the dark green (yucky) carpeting we had in our bedroom.  Green you say, yes, green is his favorite color, and back then,  I would change things to please him.  Today, not so much. 


I now "consult" with the hubby to see if he can live with what I like. Things that are either purple or will go with purple.  And  .  .  . he is always in agreement.  Lucky me!  Don't get me wrong.  I don't have a purple house!  Getting back to the chair, I recently found some fabric at Hancock Fabrics that I liked but had no idea what I was going to do with it. In the store it looked like it was gray with off white writing and light purple stenciling. I love the fabric and the writing pattern is so hip with today's trend.  But when I looked at it at home, the fabric seemed green and not gray.  Woe is me  .  .   . but wait!  It was time to switch out the seat on the valet chair. I had lived with that green striped pattern long enough.  And the new found fabric would be perfect for the chair .  .  . in a masculine sort of way.

Of course, I had to add my twist on changing the look.

Lovely fabric, isn't it?  And it sure does look gray in this picture, too!  Anyway, it was easy to disassemble the chair seat.  Take a look at what I did.

 Removed the backing and seat from the storage base.

Hmm, this looks blue, but it really was different shades of green stripes.

Removed the staples and use the old fabric pattern to cut out the new piece.
Unfortunately, somehow, I forgot to take pictures of cutting out the new fabric for the seat, and stapling it on. I guess I was too eager to get to the next step. The foam on the seat was still intact and didn't need to be changed - so after I stapled the new fabric on, I painted the old cardboard cover that was hiding the staples and put it back on in the same spot as before.  The newly covered seat was screwed back on with everything lining up the same as before.

I wanted to give the valet chair a new or different look.  Painting was not an option since all of the furniture in the bedroom were wood tones, and despite what you might think of my taste, I am very conservative when it comes to decorating. A quirky color was out of the question.  But adding a fabric covered back panel over the wicker portion of the chair would give it a different look indeed!

I put craft paper over the wicker, and traced the pattern with a pencil.  Then I cut out the form in heavy duty cardboard.

Next, I glued cut polyfil batting in the shape of the form to the cardboard,

 And then placed a piece of fabric over the entire form and cut the fabric, following the shape, leaving an inch to fold under and glue down with Fabri Tac adhesive.


 I cut another fabric piece in the shape of the form, slightly smaller, to glue on top to cover the ragged edges and give the panel a clean look on the back

I added velcro hanging tape to the back of the panel and placed the panel over the wicker area.

 You can see the results and the different look between the two:


                                         What do you think?

The purple stencil color looks different in the photo - perhaps it's the angle, but the color is the same (more like what you see on the seat)  and also compliments the color of my curtains - light purple. 

I have a small off white sofa located on a window wall in the bedroom and I plan on making pillows in this same fabric for another project.  I think they will be different, too!  Stay tuned!

Take a little time to enjoy,

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  1. Wow! Gail that is just stunning! I can't believe you made that back piece to cover. I would have thought I was stuck with it as is! It is funny how in the beginning, we are very eager to please and then we have to remember that there is stuff we like too. Like you, I'm lucky, come to find out, Sam is pretty much OK with most of my choices anyway!! Great project and I'll be keeping my eye out for a thrift store valet chair for Sam!

  2. Wonderful transformations! The fabric you used is just wonderful. (Glad I'm not the only one who just buys fabric because it's fabulous, and then find a use for it later!) Can't wait to see the pillows you make. Catherine (new follower)

  3. What a fabulous makeover Gail! That fabric is amazing, and what a great job on the back of the chair. Now that I'm older I'm so happy just to do what I like and not worry about it, and I'm lucky too because John is happy with whatever I do.

  4. You mean, you like the color purple, Gail? I never would have guessed. ha ha I like wht you did with the chair! Best wishes, Linda

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  6. Wow! What a transformation! Great job on the seat re-covering and really great idea to cover the back with the fabric too. Such a plus that the fabric had purple on it was made for you!

  7. That valet chair has a fresh, new look. Great use for your fabric.

  8. I love this chair! Funny how when we are always happy to please our other half and then things begin to change! I love that you took control and used this fabric! I just love it!

    Thank you for linking up to the In and Out of The Kitchen link party! I can't wait to see what you bring next week.

    Cynthia at

  9. I might need that fabric - it is delightful. Love how you changed the look of the valet. It looks very masculine, but only let him hang coats that match the fabric!

  10. This is wonderful, Gail! Nice, fresh look. Love the fabric!!~~Angela

  11. That transformation is incredible!! Ah, I love it!

  12. Thank you for linking up to The CSI Project. Its amazing how fabric can change an entire piece of furniture :) Your choice in fabric was great.

  13. Love the new look of this chair! I'd love for you to link up a few fun posts at my weekend link party@The Weekend re-Treat! if you haven’t already yet this weekend on The Best Blog Recipes!

    Hope to see you there!


  14. I love what you did with this chair! Very creative, and pretty! I am a new follower from southerncharm! Have a great weekend, Nicole!

  15. It looks great! Funny, I just did a makeover with the same fabric. If you would like to check it out, you can find it at

  16. So beautiful!! Really looks great now! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

  17. What an amazing one of a kind chair! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Party!

  18. Thanks much for revealing your fabric source (Hancock Fabrics) although I am now quite chagrinned. I go to my local Hancock all the time but I've certainly never seen that or I would own it! Loved the pillow you made out of the leftovers (different post), and great job on the chair.


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