It’s finished! After months of finding the right armchair, finding the right fabric, saving for the reupholstery, and actually getting it recovered and painted, the coral armchair is now finally in the living room.
It all started last year, when I went super neutral in the living room.
Very, very neutral.
As you can see from the text on that image, I figured out that there was enough room in the back corner to fit an armchair.
After scouring Craigslist, I bought this guy for $75.
The wood was in decent shape, but not great. And the upholstery was pretty worn, though not in such bad shape that we couldn’t live with the chair in its original condition for a few months while we saved for the makeover.
Then, I asked you what color you thought it should be (neutral, navy, or coral). The resounding majority confirmed the idea to go coral.
Here was the coral inspiration.
And here’s how it turned out.
Finding the right shade of coral fabric was a little tricky. After doing a lot of searching online and at Fishman’s in Chicago, I found that there aren’t that many shades of coral upholstery fabric in the perfect shade. Many were too rusty, red, pink, orange, or expensive.
Eventually, I spotted a Sunbrella fabric that was the Goldilocks of corals – not too pink, not too orange, not too pricey. Juuust right.
The fact that the fabric is designed for outdoor use is kind of a nice surprise. The quality is great (it doesn’t feel too stiff or outdoorsy) and I don’t have to be super stressed out about wear and tear.
For the painting and upholstery, I called on my friend Meg of Meg Made (her boutique just opened, by the way).
I’m also loving the new cream and grey striped throw from Nine Space. The neutral pattern ties in really well with the rest of the living room.
(Joe, if you are looking for any Christmas present ideas… hint, hint.)
I’m also quite thankful that I am married to a Mister who doesn’t mind the color coral.