Before & After – Slipper Chair Restoration

orange corduroy before and teal velvet after

A Before & After story with a truly exquisite result.

Our client told us that this pair of slipper chairs was re-upholstered many years ago by her mother, and had since become her cat’s favorite chair. The tough corduroy fabric had withstood the test of time admirably, but no fabric lasts forever, and sometimes you just need a change…

Her choice of a beautiful teal velvet transformed the chairs – and her living room!

Images of the restoration process:

Upholstery removed and legs sanded for refinish


One dark leg dictated the final coloring of all the legs on both chairs

3 images show how the padding fits together on the wooden seat frame

The padding layers are re-fitted together on the frame after replacement of the edging

upholstery process - covering the padding with fabric

After the seat fabric is secure, the seat band is attached along with welting

The seat band is folded down over the new padding and stapled under the seat

The buttons are secured at the back with wads of cotton

The seat backs and seats ready for assembly


About the Author

CarlaHey there! I'm Carla Pyle. I love the stories that our furniture tells. For me a picture of my Granddaddy Milton's green upholstered arm chair brings to mind the vivid rhymes & colors of 'The Cat in the Hat' and his soft low voice in the telling. I love too that there is always an element of nature in furniture - the warm-toned curving grain of a walnut leg or the reflection of life in a mid-century chrome piece. The best part of teaching & sharing natural upholstery is that it ties all of these things together. Stories - of individual experience and of the planet - help us build happy & healthy homes.View all posts by Carla →