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Trash Day: Channel Back Chair

I am so behind on emails and “blog work”, but now that I’m basically done with school (tying up a few loose ends), I hope to catch up on everything and a get back to schedule soon–please bear with me!

Jennae from Green Your Decor (a great blog focused on sustainable decorating) emailed this chair she picked up from  Freecycle, and wanted some suggesting for upholstering with a preference of organic, or at least natural, fabric.  

I love this Channel Back chair and think it’s the perfect candidate for a makeover (sidenote–you can find some really great stuff on Freecycle, and if you’re not familiar with it, I suggest you click the link and check it out)!  Searching around for organic fabric led me to some great finds that I didn’t previously know about . . . 

I love this Grand Jubilee in Licorice from Mod Green Pod, which is printed on 100% organic cotton grown in the US using non-toxic pigments.


(the wallpaper in the back comes printed in fabric too–I love it!)

Even though the print on her bed is similar to the one found here, the bedding will be changed more frequently than the fabric on the chair, so I think the chair fabric should be selected to be a focal point in the room.  

The legs of her chair would look great painted black (or pink or yellow), and for eco-friendly high quality paint, I would look no further than Benjamin Moore’s Natura line.  

Benjamin Moore Natura Paint Eggshell 513 Interior Waterborne

 With no VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds–the smelly solvents that get released into the air as paint dries) a virtually odorless finish,  and an endless array of colors to chose from (really, they can match anything), Natura is the perfect paint to use on this eco-friendly project.  I also found this Bloom print from Mod Green Pod which, while it clearly doesn’t match her current master bedroom scheme, is still fabulous and would look great on her chair.

  (100% organic cotton–$40/yard)

From her email I know that these prints from Rubie Green are probably a little more her speed, but they’re also the most expensive of this group.  They do, however, feature 100% certifiable organic cotton fabrics and are to die for!

Tillinghast, a 100% certified organic cotton ($90/yard),

MaryMary, $90/yard

and this Portobello headboard fabric (which I LOVE), @ $90/yard.

Etsy seller/store Daisy Janie, also features some amazing organic fabrics like this LULU remnant and offers fabric printing as well.

organic canvas fabric remnant - LULU - 9'' x 11.5''

Clearly organic fabric is only relatively inexpensive, so if you’re in the market for it, your best resource is probably the custom textile site Spoonflower (which Jennae told me about), that allows you design and print your own fabrics for anywhere from $18-$32.  This is definitely the cheapest I’ve found so far, but I’d love to know if any of you know of any great organic fabric resources.  Leave me a comment or send me an email, and Jennae, I hope this helps–thanks for sending in your chair!


11 Comments on Trash Day: Channel Back Chair

  1. Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle
    June 9, 2010 at 8:09 am (9 years ago)

    Great fabrics. I love the lives of her chair, I could see it covered in any number of the options you showed. I am a little partial to black and white due to its versatility though.

  2. Stephanie Sabbe
    June 9, 2010 at 8:56 am (9 years ago)

    This is awesome inspiration! I just picked up a free Craig’s List Chair this morning! It needs lots of love

  3. niki.mac
    June 9, 2010 at 9:35 am (9 years ago)

    That is a gorgeous chair! I really love everything Rubie Green makes.

    I know you’re so glad to be (almost) done with school. Congrats!

  4. Mrs. Chic
    June 9, 2010 at 12:49 pm (9 years ago)

    great fabric options!!

  5. Kim@Chattafabulous
    June 9, 2010 at 1:31 pm (9 years ago)

    Nothing better than reinventing a tired old chair. Fabulous options!

  6. paula
    June 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm (9 years ago)

    so many beautiful choices. I would love some Rubie Green fabrics one day.

  7. Averill
    June 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm (9 years ago)

    Love the shape of that chair — and the Grand Jubilee fabric! I actually used that fabric (in the cream colorway) to recover a freebie wingback chair and I love the result. The fabric is great quality too and holding up well.

  8. High-Heeled Foot in the door
    June 9, 2010 at 5:54 pm (9 years ago)

    What great picks! Rubie Green fabrics have been a long time favorite. I need to get into my house somewhere!

  9. Sharstin
    June 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm (9 years ago)

    so much fabulousness! you are amazing~

  10. Jennae @ Green Your Decor
    June 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm (9 years ago)

    Dayka, thank you so much for your recommendations. I absolutely LOVE Mod Green Pod, and I’ve used their fabrics for other projects (pillow covers and an upholstered headboard I made for my daughter’s room). It really is great quality, and I hadn’t even considered them for this chair.

    As organic fabrics go, theirs is among the most affordable, so I’m definitely putting them on my list now. I will definitely share once the chair is done 🙂


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