Friday, June 4, 2010

Ugly Chair Transformation

There comes a time when a girl has to look herself in the mirror and be honest with about the person she sees looking back at her. Today I did that. I've admitted to myself and now the whole world (or at least my 57 faithful follower's!) that I, Sue, am a ruffle addict. Yes, I am addicted to anything with a pretty little (preferably white)ruffle. I swear if my husband brought me a cockroach resting on a pretty ruffle, I'd probably think it was charming. Maybe not. But I think the show Intervention may be featuring me next week if that new OCD reality show doesn't nab me first. I am an obsessive compulsive ruffle collector. So, when my youngest son moved back home from college this summer dragging along this ugly armless chair that his cat had clawed to pieces, I debated whether or not to throw it on the side of the road or call my Seamstress Goddess, Carolyn. I guess you see I called her and she made me this adorable slipcover with....not one, but two beautiful ruffles! (I tried to get more ruffles out of her on the seat and around the edges, but she just gave me the evil eye.)This is Carolyn's first attempt at a large slipcover and I'd give her an A+! You can check out her blog at www.enhancedsewing.blogspot.com She doesn't have her slipcover's on her site yet as she is transitioning into a new sewing market. Look for many of our collaborations in the near future.She's loaned me her old sewing machine and given me a sewing lesson. I requested my first lesson be on ruffle making. I just got those evil eyes again! Please visit two great links this weeks for more fab decorating ideas: www.betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com and www.southernhospitalityblog.com

Before: This picture was taken before my college son ever took the chair. Picture it stained, cat clawed, and ripped. After: pretty in white.

23 comments:

Vanessa said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! Great job!

Alaina said...

You tell your seamstress she did a wonderful job and if I were closer I would be standing next to you asking for an extra ruffle too. I know they are kind of a pain in the behind, I have made two slipcovers with them.

BUT I just saw a website that said there is an attatchment for sewing machines that makes the ruffles for you. AHHH do you hear the angel singing. I am getting a new sewing machine for my belated birthday and now I know I am getting a ruffle attatchment.

Please tell her also I love the buttons on the back. I will be a new follower, I have to come back and see what other ruffles you have around.

Susan said...

What a FAB transformation!
Love it! The buttons look awesome! And, oh, yes, the ruffles are marvelous!
Blessings!

Sue Richardson said...

Thanks Susan and Vanessa!
My S.G. (Seamstress Goddess) is taking a holiday at the beach but when she returns I will pass on your sweet compliments to her!

carolyn weldon said...

I checked your site from the beach where we are dodging the tar balls. I'm relaxing so I can come home and make you a ruffled slipcover to cover that ugly black computer chair.......how many ruffles are we putting on it? Carolyn, the slipcover goddess (not)!

Deserae said...

WOW, what a gorgeous slipcover! Love,love,love all the ruffles and the button detail is so charming!!!!
~Des

Steph said...

Beautiful re-do!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

I'm a ruffle addict,too! You're in some good company. Love your chair redo...especially those great buttons down the back! :-)

Ruby’s Upcycle Designs™ said...

Stunning! Love it! xoxo Beth

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Absolutely adorable...like putting on a very pretty dress. The customization of the chair is stunning!

Nancy said...

Love those big buttons, too! I have so many slipcovers to make...I wonder if I can sneak in a few ruffles? Too cute!

mle said...

I'm a ruffle addict too - and proud of it!!! : )

The Pennington Point said...

It's beautiful! Linen ruffles make everything better. Most of us would have gotten rid of the chair. I love it. Lisa~

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is just gorgeous! it looks so much cozier and more inviting. and the buttons on the back just make it!

susan said...

Love the slipper chair! Love the buttons on the back! Good luck with your sewing lessons--I so wish I had paid attention in home ec!

Mimi said...

What a beautiful transformation!

Atticmag said...

What a great change for that chair. From drab to fab! Ruffles rock. Hope you'll stop by for our glass vessel sink giveaway if you haven't already. Jane F.

Sue said...

This slip turned out GREAT! Love the ruffles and the ginormous buttons in the back. What type of fabric did you use for it? Looks like duck or even canvas?
:-) Sue

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I am jumping on your ruffled bandwagon. Great job!

One Cheap B*tch said...

WOW! Beautiful, simply stunning, gorgeous - you get where I'm going with this! I love it!

Jeanine

Joselyn said...

Stunning! Love the transformation.

Van said...

Beautiful makeover, I love the back detail best!

Jennifer said...

so pretty!

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