So, I have this chair…  It’s my desk chair.  I sit in it all the time.  I write Pursuing Vintage while sitting in the chair.  I check emails.  I pay bills.  It is “the chair”.

I bought this chair a long time ago.  I found it in a thrift shop, and just loved the look of it. For a long time it sat in the corner of my bedroom as a landing spot for random clothes and purses.  When I started redoing the first floor of our home, I looked at that chair and thought it would look great as my desk chair.  And, it is faux bamboo, which I love!  And barrel chairs are really comfortable – have you ever sat in one??

Now, this was years ago, so you have to laugh along with me and not judge too harshly.  I made a new cushion for the chair.  With my minimal sewing skills.  I cut out a piece of foam the right shape, and made a little paper pattern and cut out the fabric for the cover.  I even sewed in my first zipper!

… and then I realized that I put the zipper on the wrong side of the cushion.  Of course I had meant to put the zipper on the back part of the cushion. Instead, it ended up in front.  (Clearly I wasn’t paying attention to which way the cushion would sit in the chair).

This is what my little chair looks like today.

Faux Bamboo Caned Barrel Chair Before

How embarrassing is this??!  Can you see the fabric falling off the bottom of the chair?  And the zipper ripping off the *front* of the cushion?  And the fabric fraying?  I could go on.  But you can see it all here.

So, I’m searching for inspiration for this poor little chair.  Let’s start here:


(via I Suwannee) — I absolutely love the contrast of the bright pink with the black and white chevron.  These chairs are statement pieces!


(via Pinterest) I feel like I couldn’t go wrong with painting the chair black.  And this Chinoiserie fabric is so pretty, especially with the trim.


(via Circa Who) I could keep the wood of the chair natural and just do a funky fabric, like these.


(via Circa Who) The metallic silver is fun – and I like the edginess of the houndstooth print.


(via Circa Who) The blue color is so fun and bold!



(via One Kings Lane) I think this is my favorite – metallic gold.  I think fabric choice will be key, and I like how this fabric complements the chair color and doesn’t overpower it.

What are your ideas for this chair?  It really needs help!  Let’s give it a makeover!


5 replies
  1. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    I love that chair! I’d leave it natural and just put a bold fun graphic and colorful cushion on it! Good luck, it’s got the best bones, you can’t ruin it. xo Nancy

  2. KMR
    KMR says:

    That is a great chair! Gold would be very fun and would look great in your house. I always prefer to leave wood natural unless it is beyond repair, though, so I’d probably just splurge for a new cushion with interesting fabric.

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