Chair Talk in Hypothetical Land

It’s time to do something about this chair.

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100

I found it on Craigslist last year for $50 and it’s always been my intention to reupholster it eventually.  Well, eventually has finally come and this chair is driving me nuts!

Do you ever have the experience of knowing exactly how you would do something, in hypothetical land?  But when it’s showtime and you actually have a wedding to plan, a house to decorate or a chair to re-uphoster, you’re paralyzed with fear and indecision?  That’s me, right now.  I really like a good statement chair, in theory… like these:

Isn’t she a beaut?


Red ikat… so trendy!

And speaking of trendy, the ubiquitous moroccan print:

Part of me wants a trendy, fun statement chair.  But then there’s the conservative, traditional (boring?) side of me that is always telling me to tone it down and play it safe.  It’s that safe side of me that can’t resist a traditional stripe:

I love how you can liven up a simple stripe with a fun patterned pillow.

And then, of course, there’s the headache of picking the perfect color!  My living room isn’t perfectly color coordinated, because I don’t have the money to pull that off.  I have a neutral off-white couch with blue and red-ish pillows and I have silvery-blue curtains.  And the wood!  I have a chipping old, ugly, hand-me-down side table and a spray-painted black coffee table that I’ve covered with cushions and pushed in the corner for more seating.  The wood legs and arms of the chair are pretty rough and Dave is itching to spray paint them, but what color?  Is black to harsh?  Is white too fruity?

And the rug!  On the one hand, I love my living room rug because it was given to us by Rose and it’s classy and traditional.  But it really doesn’t go with anything.  I’m afraid once we finish the chair, the rug is going to really stick out in a bad way and we can’t afford/can’t justify the purchase of a new rug.   We rent this place, and I don’t know how long we’re going to be here, so I don’t want to sink money into the decor when we might move next year and the new rug we bought just to fit this place doesn’t fit in the hypothetical new place.  (Hey, I can dream, can’t I???)

So, what do you think McSisters and McReaders?  Should I go trendy or stay traditional?  Any color suggestions? What to do with the rug? Has anyone been through this before and has tips for how to rock the process?

11 thoughts on “Chair Talk in Hypothetical Land

  1. Ok, I've totally had this dilemma as well. And I think you're better to go with something neutral if you're reupholstering furniture. Theres just so much pattern and colour you can use in pillows, throws, and paint that you'll never regret having a neutral chair for years. Or thats how I somehow think about it…

  2. I like more neutral upholstered pieces too, Ellen, so I was going to suggest that. But then I thought that since this is an accent piece, shouldn't or couldn't it be more fun? That could be your pop of color, like a pillow. And if you choose to go that route, I'd go with the first example. It's fun!!!

  3. Hmmm, I think that because you can't change/control the rest of the space you might not want to invest the time and money into statement fabric. Of course, you could ignore the current surroundings and decorate it based on your dream house so it will be ready when that comes!

  4. You have inspired me to make a cover for my comfy brown club chair, which was a Salvation Army find from last year. I bought about 8 yds. Of a peachy colored fabric in Walmart a couple of years ago on a whim, because the price was too good to pass up. And now I have something to do with it. The color goes with the living room furniture and Dad wants to get rid of the wing chair in favor a a lower profile chair – such as the brown one in the family room. Now… What to put in the family room?

    • Yes! We love estate sale season, where we leave the kids with the husbands and go out with Mimi and Gigi to critique other houses and buy things on the cheap. I hope there are some good ones I. The condos this year.

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  6. I think that neutral off-white couch with blue and reddish pillows are the best to decorate a bed perfectly. And if it has the silvery-blue curtains in the bedroom, the beautification of the bedroom will increase.

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