08 September 2016

Fab Furniture Flippin Contest - Modern Flair with Spoonflower

All opinions and thoughts expressed within this post are 100% my own, however, this post is sponsored by Spoonflower.

It's a new month and time for a new Fab Furniture Flippin Contest™, with our September sponsor, Spoonflower. We chose the theme Modern Flair! I do love a good modern or even retro/modern project!

spoonflower, plus sign pattern, swiss cross pattern, fabric, chair makeover, DIY

We all know Spoonflower is a great resource for wallpaper and gift wrap. I discovered this long ago in my search for decorative paper to line the drawers of my furniture projects. But they have fabric too, and the quality and selection is amazing!

Fab Furniture Flippin Contest Featuring Spoonflower

I decided to tackle this chair, because I love a challenge, and this is one sad chair.

sad chair

It reminds me of dorm furniture. From the Soviet Union, circa 1989.

When I removed the cushions I was amazed by the solid, beautiful wood, in perfect condition. My original plan to paint flew out the window. This picture doesn't show the beauty of the wood, but there are pictures below that do.

I chose this fabric in Linen Cotton Canvas Ultra.  It is a nice canvas weight with fabulous stretch. The stretch made it easy to sew the side panels on to the curves of the cushions. There are many different types of fabric to choose from, canvas felt like the best choice for this piece.

plus sign fabric by Spoonflower, black and white

When the fabric arrived I started to brainstorm and play around with the fabric and paint colors, and where to add a tiny bit of color. 

Natalie and I decided this chair will go in her room. It's exactly her style, and she has been asking for an alternative to the bulky papasan currently taking up an entire corner of her room.

I added just a touch of turquoise to the arms, and this can be removed easily if I grow tired of it down the road. 

*I'd like to take a moment to complain about how hot my garage is. I'm guessing it gets up to 135 degrees in the afternoon. I'm just really over the heat*

Now the wood...look at that wood! 

58 Water Street: wood chair makeover with turquoise paint and modern fabric

As an upholstery project goes, this was easy. I removed the original fabric, ripped out the seams, and used each piece as a pattern. The zippers were in great shape, so I reused those.

58 Water Street: wood chair makeover with turquoise paint and modern fabric

I love the "plus sign" pattern, and the blend of wood, turquoise, and black & white does something to my soul!

58 Water Street: wood chair makeover with turquoise paint and modern fabric

And here it is, staged for her room. Cute!

teen girl style, 58 Water Street: wood chair makeover with turquoise paint and modern fabric

Well, this is the pattern I chose for my project. Now for the fun part; I love to see what YOU will choose for your projects! A modern theme makes it even more exciting! 

Thank you Spoonflower, for your generosity! 

Contest Details: September 5th- 30th
Prize: $250 Spoonflower Gift Certificate 

My co-host this month is the super-talented Carrie, from Thirty Eighth Street. I always love to see what she's up to. 

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  1. What an amazing transformation! You totally took it from "sad dorm room" to "mid century modern flair"! I absolutely love the turquoise detail with that fabric!

  2. colleen, this turned out so well! love the shape and drama!

  3. Hi, Colleen
    This is a gorgeous chair and fabric. I have a thing for chairs and fabric. It's a beautiful transformation.

  4. This came out awesome!! Love the fabric!

  5. Colleen I love the contrast created by using those colors but leaving the natural wood. You've kept the modern integrity of the piece. Love this!

  6. I love how you kept the wood grain visible, it's too pretty to hide! Well done! <3


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