Dropcloth Recovered Deconstructed Chair and Ottoman
Who knew that a find from a buy/sale/trade group would turn into a chair I’ve always dreamed of, and I almost passed it by! I took this steal and flipped it to create a Deconstructed Chair and Ottoman that will take your breath away!
Do you see it?
Would you buy this chair or walk on by?
I almost scrolled past this piece on Facebook when I first saw it, not loving the fabric. Plus, another reupholstery project sort of intimidated me. But when I saw it posted in another group, and noticed the price – I couldn’t pass it up.
I drove up to the town next to me and loaded this beauty into the back of my van in exchange for $50.
My mind was racing with the possibilities of how I was going to flip this piece the whole ride back home.
Trent helped me unload it from the van and that’s when I noticed the cushion.
How was I going to fix this? I’m not a seamstress. I mean, I can sew a straight line, but this was a whole new ballgame. So what did I do?
I educated myself thanks to Miss Mustard Seed. She has the most in-depth video tutorial series on her youtube channel.
Guys – this is the real deal. Not only did I know what steps to take, but I left feeling confident I could do it….that is, until that persnickety seat cushion, but more on that later in the post.
So, the initial plan was to reupholster the base of the chair like I did my Wingback Chair and slipcover the cushions and ottoman. Little did I know what treasure was underneath that busy fabric!
I got out my trusty tack puller – like this one from (aff. link) Amazon and started taking the chair apart and this is what I found!
I couldn’t believe my eyes. Suddenly, my whole plans changed. I dreamed of owning a deconstructed chair for years. In fact, I’ve had crushes on and have stalked a few. It all started with this piece from Restoration Hardware.
And then Liz Marie had a friend make this deconstructed chair for her.
I even put this chair in my cart at Amazon a few times!
I never thought I’d find one with all the burlap and upholstery strap in place. Immediately, all plans changed and I was going to create my own Deconstructed Chair.
Dropcloth Recovered Deconstructed Chair and Ottoman
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After I removed the fabric, and sanded the arms and legs down to the natural wood, I started bleaching some drop cloths.
Following Lisa from Farmhouse on Boone’s bleaching tutorial, I ordered these drop cloths from Amazon.
They are easily separated by ripping along the seam in the middle, creating two large pieces of fabric from one drop cloth.
Now, my bleaching took a lot longer than Lisa’s did, but my washer has a water sensor on it that limits the amount of water and it automatically drains without warning. I learned my lesson the hard way and had to unplug my machine and fill it with my kettle by hand. A bit tedious and a long process, but so worth it!
Following the same methods I used for my no-sew Wingback Chair, I used my pneumatic staple gun and stapled the fabric to the base keeping that gorgeous back exposed.
Next it was time for the cushions and I won’t lie. I was scared! So, I made sure to have the right needles for my sewing machine as well as strong thread. I started with the back cushion, following Miss Mustard Seed’s tutes and I rocked the first cushion!
But that bottom one….. It was those ding dang cuts in the cushion. It fit, but to get the wider portion of the cushion in first, through the smaller back, the seam kept ripping down the side. That was when I remembered Marianne saying that she has safety pinned her covers before and that’s what I had to resort to, but not without a good bit of frustration trying to get it right.
To clear my mind, I moved on to the ottoman.
I found out that it had such beautiful curves with bare wood to match the chair, so instead of my original skirted slipcover, I opted for an elastic fitted one.
I cut the top to fit the shape of the ottoman and added the sides with an elastic bottom since there was a good allowance between the attached cushion and frame.
It fit nicely around the cushion and easily removes for washing if needed. Ready to see the big reveal?
Finally, it’s in place. It’s not perfect, but neither am I. I love that I was actually able to tackle this beast!
I hid the staples using upholstery glue and braided jute cord. It matched nicely with the burlap and strapping.
Dare I say that this piece is sexy? Like a backless dress that takes your breath away.
And that pesky seat cushion has it errors, but it’s not noticeable.
So would you tackle this project? I hope this encourages you to give that intimidating piece you pass by a second look. You just might find a treasure like me!
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Hi Angie! I updated an old rocker that had the same type of issues. You should check out that post for some ideas on how to fix it.
Hi! LOVE your chair and you inspired me to start pulling off the upholstery on an old chair we have had in the family. I love the look but my chair appears to be very old and has shedding burlap under the fabric straps. Do you think I could secure a different fabric in it’s place? It is very fragile. Thank you in advance for any guidance!
Hi Angie – I read on Farmhouse on Boone’s blog that the type of drop cloth you buy may require different methods. Did you purchase the same dropcloth from Amazon?
I ripped mine into sheets and bleached a few at a time. I only used bleach, but I also followed the exact method from Lisa’s blog. Hope that helps clarify things!
I admire your work. Thank you for sharing. I love the white dropcloth you used, however, The bleaching instructions did not work. Only a blank page. I read we should use bkeach, hidroperoxide and hot water. How much of each for a 9×11 ?
Oh Fun!! Send me a picture of your finished wingbacks! I’d LOVE to see them! I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to comment – it truly means so much to know that this is inspirational!
OMG I love it! Love love love it!! I have 2 wingbacks that I am going for the deconstructed look as well. I can’t wait to get that far.into my renovation of rooms and furnishings. I have a lot going on but I’m so happy to see someone else at least tackle this. I know for a fact my husband is going to think I am absolutely insanely nuts for leaving a chair like this and I’m not telling him ahead of time either. I can’t wait for that reaction! The house is mine to do what I like in exchange he got a room of his own to make a man cave, which he…no ..I have done a good job of…lol. He wants a 50’s theme and that’s what he’s getting! Anyway…very nicely done!
Hi Hope! Thanks for taking the time to visit and I’m so glad you like my chair. My first recovering project I did was a wingback chair as well and they can be difficult. Send me a pic of how yours turns out – I’d love to see it!
Oh my goodness! I have been tackling a wing back chair that I got off the marketplace as well for a week now and I was just winging it so to speak. But I so happy that I came across your page. I love your chair and hope my comes out as cute as yours! Wish me luck. 😊
thanks Chloe! Shhh….. don’t tell my husband that I just picked up another chair to do! What am I thinking?! LOL
WOW! What a change! You did an amazing job! I am so very impressed! You are much more daring than I!
Thank you so much Katrin!
I´m loving the deconstructed style as well and you really did such a beautiful job with this armchair! SO pretty!
Thank you so much Debra!
Wow! This just made my day! Thanks so much!!
Oh, my goodness! Jen, it turned out great! Thanks for sharing! You are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to the Showcase. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/sunday-showcase-make-pretty-monday-8-22/ Hope you have a beautiful week ahead! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
What a difference. The chair is so lovely.
What a transformation! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.
Love how your chair turned out! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party @DearCreatives Pinned & sharing.
Thank you so much Maryjo!
fabulous! you did a great job.. awesome vision from where it started. lol you should be super proud. i would sit on it all day long… xo- maryjo
Joann! Your sweet words are such a blessing! I hope this encouraged you to give a DIY a try! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!
Just last night, my husband said we should have several pieces of furniture reupholstered. When I said that we should try to do it ourselves, he didn’t think itwould be possible. I believe the Lord sent me to your lovely site so I can show him it can be done! Many thanks. Great job. Great site!
Thank you so much!
Great job!!! It looks fantastic!
Deb – best compliment ever! Just don’t come over and look at my sewing up close! LOL
This is so amazing Jenn! I am so jealous of your sewing and upholstery skills.
Thank you so much! Those cushions were super intimidating!
I love it!!!! You rocked it!!!
Thanks so much Lindsay! It was a beast to tackle, but I’m pleased with how it turned out.
Jen!! This is amazing!!! You did a fabulous job!! I love it!
Thank you so much, Lori! I am so glad you stopped by and took the time to comment – it means so much to me!
This is gorgeous, you did an amazing job!