Before & After: new life for an old wingback

We are constantly on the prowl for furniture in antique shops, yard sales or even discarded in a narrow Savannah alleyway.  We found this wingback chair over a year ago and loved the distinct hump at the top of the back.  We decided to emphasize this feature by adding a felt “blanket” to run from front to back.  We had been looking at belts as a layering and securing tool for a while and finally we had the perfect vehicle for it.  With an equestrian inspiration in mind we covered the chair in a tan houndstooth plaid and pulled the accent blue up to the blanket.  We used a total of 4 skinny belts on sale from Urban Outfitters to complete the look.  We also stripped the unique legs and base to reveal a raw lighter wood which we added depth to by washing with a watered down milk paint.

See the below wingback transformation from Inspiration to Implementation.

 

It’s important not to get too “themey”.  We kept this setting from looking too “hunting lodge” by pairing the chair with some other vintage elements but maintaining the crisp modern feel of the white loft space.

 

Notes:

Inspiration image provided by Country Living

Hand dyed felt by Purl Bee

 

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