LOW cost/HIGH style: The Statement Chair

statement chair

Some time ago I was visiting my sister’s house and noticed that she had what I would call a statement chair in her living room.  The chair was not a match to any of the other furnishings in the room.  It stood on its own as a featured piece in the room.  I loved how it seemed to be the star of her well-designed room.  This is how I recreated that effect in my own home.  This L/H is all about The Statement Chair.

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My Statement Chair

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I’m one of those people that pull a vision together on the fly.  Sometimes I have no idea how a project will turn out until I get all the components.  My version of my sister’s statement chair is just such a project.  It started out as an idea or a concept that I wanted to recreate, but I didn’t really know how I was going to accomplish it.  Keep reading to see how it all came together.

Skin in the Game

I am so fortunate to live in Los Angeles.  There is such a wealth of inspiration and resources right in my own backyard.  I happen to frequent downtown LA a lot, probably too much.  Anyway, on one such trip, I noticed a stylized cow skin at one of my favorite fabric stores.  The skin was unique because it seemed to have an intricate almost etched like design woven into the fabric.  Now I know that I paid way too much for this skin.  But it was one of those things I just had to have!  Sometimes you just got to go for it, you know?

I had no idea what I would use this skin for in that moment.  I just knew I loved it.  I had never seen anything like it before.  So without a vision for a project in mind, I shamelessly added the beautiful skin to my fabric stash.

statement chairInspiration Hits

I had almost forgotten about my sister’s statement chair when walking through a Ross store I spotted a chair that reminded me of her beautiful piece.  Although it was different in shape and lines, it reminded me of an expensive designer piece I had spotted and loved by Barbara Barry in a magazine.

Clearance = In my budget!

Here’s the best part; it was on clearance!  That’s right that magical “C” word!  Clearance = In my budget!  My chair was marked down to $69.00.  Even though it was covered in a dusty blue damask, I could see the potential.  So you know what I did right?  Of course, I got it!  I carefully shoved the chair in my little compact car and headed home.  Driving home I hatched my plan of attack.


Statement chairIt’s U-G-L-Y

Feeling victorious I carried my soon to be designer chair into the house only to be met with my husband’s disapproving look.  He said, “where is that going”?  I shrugged off his comment and proudly placed the chair in a corner in the living room.   I informed my less than visionary better half that it was not an “ugly chair” but rather pre-transformation. I now knew that my “before” chair was to be dressed in that skin I had found weeks before.

TIP:  Find a local upholsterer and make them your best friend.

I wish I could say that my DIY skills are at the level where I tackled reupholstering my chair.  THEY ARE NOT!  But that’s ok!  I have a wonderful upholsterer who I love to call on.  Mostly because he really appreciates my esthetic and is always down for whatever I throw at him.  Oh and as you will soon see, he does beautiful work.

Printed Cotton Twill Cushion Covers


Before long my chair was back from the upholsterer transformed into a beautiful chair I had desired ever since admiring my sister’s piece.  So drum roll, please!  Here it is …


statement chair

Can you stand it!  I L-O-V-E it!  I can’t even tell you how satisfying it is to take a piece and transform it into a one of a kind piece that you will love for a long time.  Just because you envisioned it!

So what do you think of my chair?  Have you transformed a piece of ugly duckling furniture into a beauty?  I would love to see it.  Please share in a comment below and don’t forget to send pics.



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