We found these vintage danish modern chairs suffering in a hardware store in Dover, sorely in need of a makeover. Dan happens to be a refinishing magician of sorts, and after a trip to the workshop emerged with four beautiful chair frames, which were finished off with some of my block printed fabric! You can see more pictures of the finished chairs in this set on Flickr.
I love that the chairs go together without matching. You can do this in any sequence of color that works for your space. Since I love clean, coastal style, I went with blues and greens.
The purpose of this post here is to describe how I printed the fabric to go on the chairs. To do this project yourself, in addition to needing the chairs, you’ll either need to buy the fabric or make it yourself (Design Sponge has a handy tutorial here.) You’ll also need to know how to recover the cushions on your chairs, for which there are many good tutorials, like this one here or here…
Choose fabric that’s at least 54” wide and (obviously) heavy enough for a seat cushion. To cover four chairs, you’ll need about two yards of fabric.
Measure the depth of your seat cushion from front to back. Divide this number by 2, and then add 4 inches. This is how tall each of your color blocks of stripes needs to be. If your cushion is 20” deep, then each of your color blocks needs to be at least 14” deep. (14” for each color block x 5 color blocks = 70-ish inches, or two yards) Err on the side of more, not less. Print your first rows across the fabric, making sure to stay straight along the grain.
Ignore the fact that I created this tutorial using paper and pastels, and pretend that this piece of paper represents two yards of 54″ wide fabric- it was just much easier to get the idea across this way!
I started with one color (navy blue) then printed in three more colors (true blue, robins egg, turquoise) and finished with a row of the same color I started with. If your printing block is shorter than mine, then you’ll need to print multiple rows to make up each block of stripes. Wash the printing block off in between colors and make sure that the block is totally dry before you start the next color.
Lay your cushion down on top of your fabric, positioning it with the color change in the middle. Make sure that the cushion is straight! Draw a line 3-4” outside of the cushion, and cut the fabric out along that line. This will ensure that you have enough fabric to wrap around the seat and tack onto the bottom.
Using your first cut piece of fabric as a guide, place it on the fabric diagonal to where you started, over the next color change in the sequence. By using your first piece as a guide to where the colors changed on your first cushion, you can make sure that they change in the same location on each cushion.
And that’s it. When you’re done, you’ll have four same-but-different pieces of fabric with which to cover your own fabulous chairs!