The long-awaited velvet chair makeover is done! Handy Hubby picked up the velvet chair from the upholster and it looks incredible. We’ve been referring to it as “the garbage chair” but that name no longer seems fitting (even if I did pluck it out of a trash heap).
I have tried my best, but I just cannot capture the richness and intensity – or even the accurate colour – of the velvet in photos. It’s a very luxurious turquoise/teal in real life, and it beckons you to sink into it. In the photos it’s paler, duller, and bluer. Hopefully when it’s in the lakehouse, I can snap a better photo. Right now it’s chilling in the townhouse, but at the lakehouse I think it will fancy up the living room, popping against the crisp white walls and the soon-to-be charcoal grey fireplace (we successfully convinced Hubby to paint it!).
I can’t even believe this is the same chair:
Kessels Upholstering did a beautiful job. Every seam is perfectly placed and the removable seat cushion has velvet on both sides and a zipper as well, just in case someone gestures a little too wildly with a glass of red wine. This chair needed a professional makeover to look right – it required some repairs to the springs and, of course, all new foam. We paid just over $600 for the labour, and I think it was worth it. We saved some money refinishing the arms and legs ourselves (and the chair was free). More importantly, it was the style-savvy gals at Kessels who convinced me to consider velvet in the first place. The fabric I chose for this project is Elite Textile Renaissance, the colour is 760.
P.S. Kessels is offering 10% off fabric to Dans le Townhouse readers – just let them know you and I are buds. I was not perked to work with Kessels, they have just been my go-to for DIY upholstery projects (the houndstooth fabric for the vintage teak kitchen chairs was from there) and professional makeovers (like the minty chair) for awhile, so I highly recommend them to anyone in the Ottawa, ON area.