It's A Wrap

Wrapping vintage furniture with fabric is quite a trend this year. Ugly and unloved chairs are transformed into unique pieces straight from the magazines. The "Mummy" chair was a beach chair in its first life. Frances Basham takes African fabrics and applies them to old, unwanted pieces of furniture from local junk stores. She upholsters tables, chairs, stools, bookcases, shelves, plant stands, hat stands, desks, dressing table mirrors, lamps and even antlers with vintage, African or retro fabrics. The process is similar to decoupage, wherein small pieces of fabric are bonded to the furniture and objects by hand. Then they are varnished to seal and protect them; giving new life and uses to the old. There are trays covered with vibrant red West African cloth, and tables with curvy legs have bright yellow and blue swirly patterns applied. Cheery coloured mirrors and frames add a lively touch and the decorative jugs would look wonderful on a shelf or book case. There is even a 1930’s mannequin for the corner of the boudoir. :: Potassium

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