Crushing on My Blue Velvet Chair

Vintage tufted navy blue velvet chair | 11 Magnolia Lane
If you follow us on Facebook, then you might remember that a few days ago I gave you a heads-up that one of my chairs was getting another makeover.  It was finished on Friday, so today I’m showing it off!

I found this mid-century sweetie at the Salvation Army thrift shop in Savannah, about four years ago.  It’s the perfect size for me and is so comfortable, but I wasn’t a fan of the original harvest gold velvet.

Here’s the before:

Gold velvet thrift store chair
This was a few months after I’d had great success painting the fabric of a bergere chair (read more about that project here), and I was impressed at how inexpensive that option was compared to reupholstery.

Fabric painted chair
I’d never painted velvet before, but I’m always game for an experiment.  Besides, worst case scenario I’d be reupholstering the chair anyway, so I figured I might as well try it first.  You can see the details of how I painted it black in this post, and here’s how it turned out:

Black velvet painted chair
Fast-forward to a few months ago, and the black has faded a bit (I told you that I love this chair and sit on it often, despite the fact that it’s a bit crispy!).  I knew it was time to bite the bullet and get it recovered, and wrote about my plans for the chair in {this} post.

black velvet chair painted

While I can reupholster, I’ve decided that it’s well worth it to pay someone else to do it.  Fortunately, we have a great upholstery workshop in town and they waved their magic wand over my chair.

I chose this navy blue velvet from Online Fabric Store.

Vintage tufted navy blue velvet chair | 11 Magnolia Lane
If you saw my $20 thrift store bergere chair project (not the painted one, another one!), then that was the same velvet from OFS, just a different color (the chair below is the pearl color).

Blue and white plates on wall | 11 Magnolia Lane
It’s worn so well that I decided to use it again.  My son even dropped a piece of pizza–face down, of course–on the bergere chair and it cleaned beautifully.  I do Scotchguard all of my upholstery because we have kids and pets, but even I was impressed with how nicely it cleaned up!

Vintage tufted navy blue velvet chair | 11 Magnolia Lane
Now I’m just going to share all the pretty pictures of my “new” chair and the gorgeous detailing of the upholstery.

Vintage tufted navy blue velvet chair | 11 Magnolia Lane
 

Vintage tufted navy blue velvet chair | 11 Magnolia Lane
 

Vintage tufted navy blue velvet chair | 11 Magnolia Lane
 

Vintage tufted navy blue velvet chair | 11 Magnolia Lane
 

Vintage tufted navy blue velvet chair | 11 Magnolia Lane
I had contemplated adding gold nail head trim, but after I painted the legs gold, I felt like that was enough.

Vintage tufted navy blue velvet chair | 11 Magnolia Lane
 

Vintage tufted navy blue velvet chair | 11 Magnolia Lane
 

Vintage tufted navy blue velvet chair | 11 Magnolia Lane
 

Vintage tufted navy blue velvet chair | 11 Magnolia Lane

 

Vintage tufted navy blue velvet chair | 11 Magnolia Lane
I’m thrilled with how it turned out!  I’m going to add a leopard lumbar pillow for fall, even though I love my little pagoda pillow, but other than that, this little corner of the MCC House is complete!

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Sources

Sources:

Navy blue velvet fabric (provided by Online Fabric Store in exchange for my honest review)

Tufted Jessica sofa (great for smaller spaces)

Recliner (sells out all the time, try here or here)

Bergere Chair 

Pagoda monogram pillow

Old sofa and chair

Black bench (used as coffee table; similar), sheepskin rug (similar), blue & white garden stool (similar), leopard pillow, blue & white pillow, wreath on fireplace, gold mirrored tray (similar)– HomeGoods

Gold moroccan side table (I got mine at Hobby Lobby a few years ago, similar here)

Monkey jars red throw pillow

Black & white pillow-IKEA

Blue & white ceramic balls

Swing arm lamps: thrifted; (similar)

Books: Elements of Style, Domino: The Book of Decorating, and The Southerner’s Handbook

 

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Comments

  1. Marty Oravetz says:

    Oh I love it, how fun. It turned out so beautiful.

  2. It’s perfect just the way you have it! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Rebecca Purdie says:

    I really like the chair!
    You have great taste.

  4. It is gorgeous! What a vibrant happy color.

  5. Christy, the chair is gorgeous!!! I so love the beautiful blue!

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