I bought this chair at the thrift store because of its mid-century lines and scale. The fabric was pretty gross. I got really inspired by the hand-painted swirl pillow in the below House Beautiful spread from the November '09 issue, and decided to paint some fabric to use as upholstery for my chair.
To create my upholstery fabric, I bought some natural colored canvas and used oil enamel and a one inch brush to paint the swirls on the fabric. It has a really sketchy look to it. I bought some green linen-like upholstery to coordinate with the swirl print. Then I took the chair and fabrics to the upholsterer.