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July 29, 2013

Guest Post by Rene’ from The Domestic Lady

Hi all.

My name is Rene’, and I blog over on

I work as an office admin by day and run a small decorating consulting business by night.

My blog specialties are home cooking and simple decorating projects.

When Kendra asked me to guest post a few weeks ago, I knew exactly what thrifty chic project I wanted to tackle.

Our desk chair.


It has seen better days and while I would love to recover the whole thing in distressed leather and add new foam, I wanted a quick cheap fix in the meantime.

My instinct was to cover it in some sort of heavy white linen or duck cloth, but my husband and step sons both use this computer…

Males + white = no good

So I went and searched my local Goodwill on East North Street in Greenville, SC (Rene’ also purchased the chair at Goodwill several years ago!).

I spotted a vintage blue sheet that I knew would work as my slipcover.


$3 was my total.

So I took it home and got to work.

I simply traced the form of the chair directly onto the fabric and cut out the shape I had traced plus extra room for the seam allowances.



I lined the main part of the slipcover with iron-on interfacing ($2 a yard at any craft store) to make it a little more sturdy.


And then I just started ironing under all my seams.


I used iron on Stitch Witchery to finish some of the seams and then traditional sewn seams for the detail work.


I also decided to add a pleated skirt and ties to each corner.





The finished product is a little girly and yet still masculine with the original leather back and nail head trim.

So hopefully my husband won’t refuse to sit in it 🙂



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