Leather and Linen - A Mid Century Chair Makeover

I almost forgot to do a post on one of my favorite things in Ever's soon-to-be-revealed-bedroom!

Here's the story...

A looooooooooooooong time ago I picked up this little chair at a yard sale...

Mid century chair - leather, linen and cow print pillow

FOR FREE!!

People are funny about furniture. If it looks gross they won't buy it. Well, this chair looked gross. It had grimy fabric in a not so attractive green color- it was a horrible textured fabric...like sandpaper and was probably original to the chair. The wood was also disaster with all the finish worn off, but it had things going for it...

great lines..

plus it was sturdy...

and did I mention FREE.

..for the life of me I can't find before pictures...

Bad blogger...I know...

I knew I could give it new life and then it sat in our garage for oh, 6 months...

We finally tore it apart and I started the re-upholstery (I found a linen look fabric for $1 a yard at big box store) while my husband refinished the legs using vinegar stain and wax.

We were just about to finish it, but then we moved and it was still in pieces and it got packed along with everything else.

So that brings us to my recent "lets finish everything we started RIGHT NOW before the baby comes" phase...

in progress, applying nail heads to back of mid century chair

I cut strips of leather (which I dyed- more on that to come) to fit on the back and seat and then used upholstery nails to hold them in place.

Leather and Linen detail on back of mid century chair

I used the same nails to put the back fabric panel on.
They are gorgeous vintage blued nails that I found on Etsy.

Close up of detail - leather, linen and nailheads.

Finally the chair was back together!
Mid century chair gets a makeover with linen and leather. Arrow sign in background is awesome!
(do you spy an arrow sign? They are now available in my Etsy Store!)


Vinegar stained legs, linen fabric and leather

Mid century chair with leather

It fits perfectly in Ever's newly redecorated bedroom.

This is probably one of my most favorite things I own and my first complete (and successful) upholstery project!

What do you think!!?

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