I am a serial upcycler and take great joy in giving old(er) furniture a makeover. I wrote a blog post a few years ago with a very simple step by step guide to upcycling a Lloyd Loom chair, so I won’t repeat myself. Here are some photographs of my latest re-incarnation of my faithful Lloyd Loom nursery chair (on the right in the photograph below), which is now on its fourth “look”. The other chair is a recent acquisition from a friend. I don’t know if it’s a Lloyd Loom but it does have a sprung seat, which is typical of Lloyd Loom. Either way, the method is the same.
Upcycling Lloyd Loom Chairs
The paint is *Breakfast Room Green (in the Dead Flat finish) by Farrow and Ball. I’d describe it as sage, although it looks bluer in some light. I sanded the chairs, cleaned them with sugar soap and used a paintbrush to apply the paint. (Last time I used spray paint which was a lot quicker but I ended up with drips). We haven’t even started on the interior of the house- the garden and life in general since spring have been all-consuming- but we do know we want to have green as the “red thread” throughout the house to bring cohesion, hence the choice of colour.
The fabric is *Pineapple Royale by Sanderson. The pattern repeat is 61cm so I knew I would probably only get these two seat covers from a metre of fabric. I struck lucky and managed to get just over a metre from EBay at a fraction of the cost. It’s worth measuring very carefully to maje sure the whole pattern, in this case the pineapple, will fit on whatever it is going on. This is particularly important when using a large scale pattern.
I took the existing fabric off the seat pad on the nursery chair then covered the pad with a thin wadding- I used spray adhesive to attach it. Then I pinned the Pineapple Royale fabric into place and used a staple gun to secure it. The other chair’s fabric was neutral, so I just put the pineapple fabric over the top, again securing with a staples.
I’m really pleased with the outcome. These chairs will be invaluable over the Christmas period because there will be 14 of us on Christmas Day. These can move from room to room to provide extra seating when and where we need it.
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