Goodwill Before and After: Vintage Henredon Chairs


I found these two vintage Henredon chairs at our local Goodwill. The fabric is dirty and torn on the arms and they were so low to the ground that I had a hard time getting out. I did notice that they had nice springs and quality down wrapped cushions. I love down chairs! But chairs you can't get out of...not so much. I actually left the store without them and then later had great idea, casters! Add some height to them and a slipcover. It's been awhile sense I last slip covered, but I wanted to try using the canvas drop cloths everyone has been raving about. So here are some photos of one from start to finish.
Casters added with much hammering and drilling noise.

I start the process of building the slipcover. By laying peices on and cutting and pinning. I use the seams of the orginal under as a guide.

Here she is.. looking sweet and a bit feminine in her gathered skirt. I debated a knife edge
but after seeing a ruffled skirted sofa on The Modern Cottage here , I decided that I would try the ruffles on it. I plan to add another ruffle when I get the other chair done, depending on how much drop cloth I have left.
She is now sitting in our bedroom all soft and smooshy. The canvas was really easy to work with, after a wash it came out pretty soft too. This is a perfect size chair for bedrooms.. now I just have to decide if she is staying here...or moving with us to the new house.


  1. I am always amazed by how crafty you are.

  2. Oh, I think the chair is a keeper! You did a great job on the slipcover. I would never attempt a slipcover myself-don't have a sewing machine. Saw your link on BNOTP and I'm now following. Love your blog background.

  3. Love your new chair! I have two couches that I need to do something with and you have inspired me to give it a go...thank you for a needed lesson.

  4. So glad to see this! I am in the middle of making a slip cover too and am trying to decide what kind of ruffle if any to put on the bottom. Looks great!

  5. Love the chair!
    I just found you at Miss Mustard Seed. I'm looking forward to reading future posts! ( I read through them all)!

  6. Kristina - Fantastic job on the slipcover - amazing transformation! The chair looks great! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party. I am a little behind commenting - but I have featured this Monday. Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  7. Thank you Stephanie.. I'm so excited to be featured on your blog. YAY!!!