Recently, a friend of mine asked for some advice on reupholstering a couple of wing back chairs. I immediately thought of this picture that I’d seen on one of the design blogs (sorry to whoever originally posted this, I don’t remember where it came from):
They used old burlap coffee bags to reupholster this chair, and it looks incredible. Not to mention, this same friend (who works in the recycling industry) was looking for ways to re-purpose old burlap sacks that are donated to her facility. It was very nearly a perfect storm of interior design. Unfortunately, this won’t work for her – the whole reason she needs to reupholster her chairs is because her cats have used them as a scratching post. I think few things in this world would call out to be scratched quite as strongly as a burlap chair. I still think it’s a great idea, and I’m definitely filing it away in my “maybe someday” file. Also, I have to mention the gigantic portrait in this photo – I’m a total sucker for old portraits, and I think I would kill (or at least maim) for one this size.