The Black & White Striped Twins

What is more classic and lux than a black and white stripe?


I started working with this fabric pattern back in 2017 when a client (Hi Karen!) reached out to me about saving some childhood chairs of her’s.

She was inspired by something she saw on Pinterest and was hoping to achieve a similar look.

By the way, bless you people that trust me, an amateur, with such a sentimental projects.


They turned out so beautifully that I had to included a similar design in the 2018 Lucketts Spring Market!


… which sold in the first hour on the first day of the market…

Guess that means I need to makeover another set for this year!

Believe it or not the hardest part about a project like this is actually finding a pair of chairs that aren’t wingbacks.

I was eventually able to find a set at a local auction and placed the highest bid for the win!


Even though they are a pair someone had decided that they should be sister vs twins.


My goal is to turn them back into twins!


I started by taking the cushions off and getting down to just the frame and guts.



Both got a light scuffing with some sandpaper and a coat of Lincoln Cottage Black by Valspar in a flat finish.


I let them dry over night before giving them both a little distressing and a protective coat of Minwax’s Polycrylic Water Based Protective Coat in Clear Matte.


While that was drying I moved on to sewing the cording next which is my least favorite thing to do.

I was also able to finish up re-covering the seat cushions as well.


I always underestimate how much time it actually takes to put these projects back together.

I thought it would only take me an hour to apply the fabric to the backrest part of the chairs but after trying to get everything lined up and making sure staples are going in the right place… Well… Lets just say I was up much later than I wanted to be.


I used a staple gun to attach the fabric to the front of the backrest first.

* When working with a bold stripe like this, If you want all the stripes pointing in the same direction you want to make sure that all of your stripes line up from one section of the piece to the other.

At the last minute I decided to switch it up and turned the stripes horizontally on the back for a little extra visual interest.


It was time to put these ladies back together by applying the cording I had sewn earlier and putting the cushion back into place!



The cording really buttons-up the whole look.







Once sisters, now twins and both will be coming to The Lucketts Spring Market which is May 17th-19th.

It will be here before we know it!