“Modern Flair” – Venturing Outside My Norm
♦ The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest ♦
Spoonflower – Modern Flair
Today is my first time participating in The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest, and I am so excited to be a part of the Modern Flair Upholstery theme for this month! I have been sewing since my early teens and am a lover of textiles, so discovering our wonderful sponsor, Spoonflower, has been particularly exciting. I have never considered my personal style to be modern, so I took it as a special challenge to go outside my comfort zone and see what I could accomplish with a furniture piece I already had and some beautiful modern-edged fabric with which I could treat that piece.
First I would like to extend thanks to our hosts for this month, Carrie of Thirty Eighth Street and Colleen of 58 Water Street. Please be sure to check out their sites and inspirational pieces for this month’s contest.
Here is one of the very first pieces of furniture I purchased last year from Craigslist when I began my furniture-painting journey.
I loved the shape and clean lines and thought it had quite a lot of potential. So I removed the terribly-faded seat cushion fabric (how pretty and vibrant it once was!), gave it one coat of milk paint, and then for some reason, it stopped speaking to me. So it sat for almost a year in my bedroom – the perfect seat for an exercise ball!
Inspiration struck when Modern Flair was born, and suddenly this cast-aside chair’s destiny became apparent. It definitely started showing off its simple smooth no-nonsense lines, typical of a modern piece, and then I found the perfect clean-lined bold graphic in Spoonflower’s Mod Birds Design. It’s exciting to note that not only does Spoonflower offer thousands of designs from which to choose and to have printed on either fabric, wallpaper, or gift wrap, but it offers creatives the chance to submit their own designs and even sell them on the website – definitely noted by yours truly who has always dreamed of starting her own fabric line!
The next step was to freshen-up the body with two coats of one of my favorite Country Chic paint colors: Cobblestone. I then focused on the seat cushion which was anxious to receive some attention. The rough-weave outer layer and horsehair filling were maintaining a nice solid form, but because they were so prickly, I decided to first sew-in soft batting over the existing form, using a crescent needle to make the job easier.
After trimming it up, it was time to make a pattern for the final fabric. I used a piece of scrap muslin and T-pins to hold the smoothed and formed fabric in-place. I then trimmed up the pattern, removed the pins, and used the muslin pattern to cut-out the Mod Bird fabric.
After now pinning the Spoonflower designer fabric in place, I used my pneumatic stapler to attach the fabric to the chair’s wooden frame.
It was then time to fabricate the welting to hide the staples and finish off the seat. In the past year, I had read how a favorite blogger of mine, Christy from Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer, made her own double-cord welting. I had made single-cord welting many times in the past, but her method for double-cord made the job easy!
I simply cut out the strips, sewed in the cording, and attached it with hot glue to the chair frame at the base of the cushion, hiding the staples and raw edge of the fabric. It definitely gives a more polished and substantial touch to the finished seat cushion!
Although simple in construction and appearance, I think this modern flair redesign gives the perfect no-frills touch of modern to complement this piece. And it pairs well with a vintage dresser and the sepia-toned portrait of my mom and grandmother, freshening the look with a hint of color and whimsy.
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Please note that this is a sponsored post. I received compensation in the form of discounted Spoonflower fabric for the completion of the above project. However, all opinions stated herein of Spoonflower and their products are entirely my own.