I found THE chairs for the family room, but the fabric is all wrong. I actually like the paisley-like pattern, but the coral color makes me cringe. The shape of these chairs caught my eye immediately on a trip to Home Goods, but I passed because the color was wrong. Then I saw them on two more trips…still there waiting for me to take them home. They were only $129 each.
The chair style is one of my favorites and I have been known to make a nice tailored slipcover in the past. I knew the fabric was all wrong, but the chairs were so right. I finally took them home. I warned my hubby to look past the fabric as I plopped them in the family room. Later that evening he said he liked the chairs. That means they get to stay.
I also had been eyeing this cute little metal table from Target for months. Again, the color is all wrong, but the style was so right. This little black table is going to get a spray paint makeover. Depending on what I do with the chairs it will either be a fun pop of color or it might go white.
Back to the chairs for a moment. I know coral and navy is kind of a hot color combo lately, but coral is just not going to work for our Modern Americana color palette. What am I going to do with that fabric? Here are the choices I see:
- Recover the chairs, maybe in a solid color fabric. Reupholstering the chairs may be more trouble than I want.
- Make a slipcover for the chairs. This should be a little easier than reupholstering, with the advantage of being able to remove the covers and wash them if the boys get them dirty. Would still need to find a great fabric.
- Paint the paisley pattern over with another color. This may be a little tedious, but I like the pattern and other than paint there would be no additional cost to transform the chairs. My instinct would be to paint out the paisley in navy or turquoise, but I am not sure that will work over the coral. The most realistic color choice for a paint over would be red, which should cover the coral color easily.
What do you think? Would you try the paint first or go straight for a new fabric? What color should the chairs be?