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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Chair Update

Since my last post, my chair found a new owner and work has been underway to transform her into something beautiful.

The first step was to take off the original fabric and to do that, I start with the trim. I used a flat head screwdriver and a hammer to get under the first piece and from there I use a pliers to pull it off. As much as possible, I try to get the staples along with it.


I also take lots of pictures as I go because it's incredibly helpful when you need to put it back together. I  always work backwards from the way it was put together.


Once the bottom was off, I started with the top. Here I took even more pictures because this was the part I knew would be most difficult to figure out when it comes time to recover everything. 


Then I had to use a pliers to painstakingly pull out every one of these little buttons used to create the tufted look. Note to self ... count these before buying the chair next time. This one has 40 and over the course of the weekend, those 40 little buttons nearly drove me to the point of insanity. 


Once that was all off, the chair looked like this ... 

And the foam like this ...

When I had the last bit of fabric removed, I was down to the bones. And I must say, they do look great. 


I then roughly sanded the chair. And if I had looked closely at this picture before painting it, I would have noticed I did a very bad job. There were little circles all over the wood from the sander and those marks were only highlighted after it was painted. So that had to be done ALL OVER again. Not fun. 

Thankfully my husband actually resanded everything for me. Life saving. I just didn't have it in me.

Meantime, I headed off to the fabric store and came back with two different kinds. I took measurements before I went which allowed me to save a lot of money. That top fabric is $40/yard. A LOT. But because I knew I only needed 24"and was able to use a 60% off coupon, I got it for about $10. 

The second fabric is a micro suede which I think will wear nice since this is going to a house with kids. I'll add a fabric protector near the end but these fabrics tend to clean up pretty well. 

Both are in a soft grey which should help the chair to feel more contemporary. 

I saved the bottom piece of the orange chair and used that to roughly cut out the fabric for the cushion. And I used the foam back to gauge what I'd need for that. 
I then purchased these button covers to use for the tufting. And this is when I neared meltdown number 2. This was the only option I could find locally and they do not work great. The materials are flimsy and they don't go together well. I lost an entire pack to the garbage and lots of time and effort. 

What I did end up with after an hour and a half was about 15 of the 40 buttons I need. So I'm just taking this part slowly. I'll do a handful each day until I have everything I need. 

It also took me a bit to figure out the best way to sew them on but I have that part pretty well squared away. If I can just get the buttons themselves down, I'll be cooking with gas. 

Effort aside, I like how they're looking. 

I also like the way the wood is looking now that it's darkened up. I think the gray is going to look really great with this dark walnut color. 

Hopefully I'll have a fully assembled chair to show you by next weekend!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

New Chair Project: Buyer Wanted


Even though I have a few projects that need to get done, I haven't been feeling terribly motivated to start them. But this past weekend I happened to be driving by a thrift shop that's not typically open on Sundays. When it was, I decided to pop in.

After a quick stroll past their furniture section, I spotted a chair and as I usually do with chairs, fell in love. Now the fabric is stained and worn and orange (enough said), but the lines are fabulous and I think it'll make an awesome side chair. I could see this by a fireplace, or in a master bedroom as a nice place to sit and kick off your shoes. It'd even complement a home office or with some funky colors, a teen's room too.

So of course, I bought it. My plan right now is to reupholster it and sell it to anyone that's interested. If there's anyone out there reading this that's is in the market for a new chair, do let me know. I'd then work with you on the fabric selection so it works for your home.

And if no one thinks this chair is as awesome as I do, then it will likely find a home on the landing of our second floor that's looking a little bare.

Here the little guy is. I think it totally has the potential to be a statement piece.




Now that he resides in my home awaiting his makeover, I'm thinking through all the possible ways I could take this thing. I do like the tufting so may repeat that ... assuming I can figure out how to do it. It's actually something I've wanted to take on.

The part I'm actually most excited about is fabric selection. At the moment, I'm positively loving the idea of using two different fabrics. These might be a little bright and eccentric but I love the overall vibe.


or this one ...


Even two simple neutrals look great. And the nail head trim? Definite possibility.

Contemporary Dining Room design by New York Interior Designer MuseInteriors

Of course the other decision is whether to leave the wood as is, refinish/stain it, or paint it a new color all together. Decisions, decisions. I just don't know where I (or a potential new owner) will land!