Update an Old Chair With a Slipcover

Update an old chair in just a few minutes with a slipcover. Slipcovers are an inexpensive way to spruce up upholstered pieces in your home.

https://myfamilythyme.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/IMG_3106-1-scaled.jpg Don’t you just love a good before and after!? I am so excited to be part of the Thrift Store Challenge, hosted by Angela from Simply Beautiful By Angela.  Be sure to check out all of the creative thrift store makeovers from my blogging friends at the end of this post!

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Angela | Simply Beautiful By Angela –  Beverly | Across the Blvd – Lynne | My Family Thyme – Marie |Craft Rocker

Our Thrift Store Upcycle group of bloggers is looking to expand — and we need your help! Why not consider joining in our thrift store upcycle challenge on the last Thursday of each month? Make some friends while having fun and share your love of DIY with the world. It’s a win-win! Sound like something you’d be interested in? Just leave a comment at the end of this post with your contact info and a link to your blog. Someone will get back to you right away. We can’t wait to meet you!

I love love finding treasures at thrift stores. They remind me of my grandparents’ home. It was a place of comfort that became my mom’s home. I recently had to sell it, but the silver lining is that one of my dearest friends purchased it and I am able to still have a connection to it. While cleaning it out, I came across many old treasures, including this chair. It had belonged to my grandfather and was a part of so many good memories.

The Chair

This classic wingchair was made by the Hitchcock Chair Company, here in Connecticut. It is solid and well made, but unfortunately, the fabric is worn, dated, and faded. I have seen similar chairs at my local thrift shop, but this one has a sentimental value to me. I knew that I wanted to keep this chair and use it in my home, but wasn’t sure how to update it.


How to Update an Old Chair

Reupholstering the chair was out of my budget. I had researched the idea of painting the fabric, but was so afraid of ruining the chair. A slipcover would be the perfect solution, but not just any slipcover. I chose this Stretch Piqué One Piece Wing Chair Slipcover in navy.   I am an avid review reader and this slipcover was rated 4.8 out of 5.  For less than $70 on the SureFit website, I had to give it a try!  The slipcover shipped quickly and arrived in just a few days. As soon as I took it out of the package, I saw how well made it was. The fabric is both soft and stretchy, and it fit the shape of the wing chair beautifully.


The slipcover arrived with clear, step by step instructions. It was so easy to put on the chair that you can cover a piece in just a few minutes. My husband offered to help me, but I had surprised him by having it finished before he came into the room. It did require some tucking and smoothing, but before long, we were both happy with the results.

https://myfamilythyme.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/IMG_3101-scaled.jpg What do you think? Here’s another look at the before:

https://myfamilythyme.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/IMG_3088-1-scaled.jpg And now the after. We’ve just given this old chair a new life!   


If you find an old chair in a thrift shop, definitely give it a chance. In just a few minutes, you can update it for your own home! 

This is a sponsored post from SureFit Slipcovers. All opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking my links, I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

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  1. That’s a cost effective way to update a fabric covered chair. It’s wonderful that you have a keepsake from your family that you can now use in your home. The chair looks great.

  2. Wow! What an update! Love the blue. The fabric looks soft, too! Pinned 🙂

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