Barrel Chair Update

I picked up two of these barrel chairs for a very good price a couple of months ago.


I cleaned them up, applied a little deglosser, then spray painted them Rustoleum’s Heirloom White.  And I was left with this:


The next and much dreaded step was to update the cushions.  I decided to just cover over the old cushions so they would remain in tact for the next owner should they like it.  I did an ok job, but I’m sure I would have gotten poor marks in sewing.  But let’s face it.  I’m not a sewer.  I sew straight lines, can’t use a pattern, no complicated additions like zippers, no piping…just the very very basics.


The closure, or shall I say lack there of, is the dicey part.  But it’s hidden in the back and I figured my price would reflect substandard seamstress work.

There are actually 2 cushions in each chair.  I covered the top cushion, and made a blanket of sorts to cover the bottom cushion.  I added ribbon along the bottom pleats to hold it all together.


I had a couple of pillow forms laying around so I sewed (straight lines right up my alley) up a couple of pillows to dress up these chairs (and a few others I have at Liberty Belle).  I got my image from the Graphics Fairy and used the Citrasolv transfer method to get the image on the fabric.


Looking at the above photo, I see I should have adjusted the pleating before taking the shot.  Oh well, the gum wrapper on the floor doesn’t look so good either 😉

The chairs have gone on to a new home.  I loved the finished product, but don’t think I’ll be doing anything this complicated again.


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One Response to Barrel Chair Update

  1. Joy P says:

    Hi Lisa – found you through MMS and have added your blog to my Village Antiques Mall Blog list of places to visit under Bloggers who have booths in malls. (

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