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Monday, April 12, 2010

An Upholstered Arm Chair

I must apologize for my way-too-long absence.  This upholstery project just about did me in.  I have a new found respect and awe for people who do real upholstery and sew real slipcovers.  Everything about his took me longer and was more difficult than I anticipated.  BUT… I’m DONE and pretty happy with the end product, so I won’t waste one more minute complaining.  :)

I started with this mauve armchair that I got from the “free” section of Craigslist…

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I decided I wanted to use several different black and white fabrics to make a slip cover of sorts, but I pulled the sewn slipcover taught and stapled the fabric underneath for a more tailored look.


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I made the back tufted cushion reversible between the houndstooth or the denim:
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The chair originally had a rocker/swivel mechanism on the bottom that was broken and made the chair sit cockeyed, so that came off and was replace by some modern looking wooden legs ($6 for all four at the Habitat Re-Store) which I painted black.

I’m happily taking an upholstery and sewing hiatus, and returning to the familiar world of painting/glazing/distressing, where the only fabric to be seen is stapled with my trusty staple gun and the strait pins are safely away in their cushion.  And BOY do I have some exciting pieces to move onto next!!  I picked up this great chair ($3) and end table ($4) at the GW this past Saturday, and can’t wait to jump into them!!


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Let’s take another look at that “upholstery.”  (GROSS!!  What IS that?!?!)

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‘Till next time,


This post linked to:
Cottage Instincts, Between Naps on the Porch, Making the World Cuter, Its So Very Cheri, The Girl Creative, The Persimmon Perch, A Soft Place To Land, Southern Hospitality, Reinvented, My House of Giggles, My Backyard Eden

20 comments:

  1. found you on the blog hop! great potential in those last two--can 't wait to see what you come up with! ann @ housefinally

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  2. wow. it looks great! i don't have the courage to tackle a project like that. all your hard work paid off!! it's beautiful!

    looking forward to the "afters" on the chair and end table.

    jen@eighteen25

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  3. i love the job you did here _wish i had the skills to do that, melxxx

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  4. you did an amazing job, & I love the fabrics!

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  5. Nice job recovering - and nice choice of fabrics. Dropping by from BNOTP.

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  6. You did an amazing job! I love the fabric and I think it looks professionally done. I could NEVER do something like this. Kudos to you!

    Happy Met Monday! :-)

    xoxo
    Janie

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  7. I love how the chair turned out. I really like the fabrics you used and I love the reversable cushion! Good luck with your next project I am looking forward to seeing the results! xx

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  8. Beautiful! And I know what you mean about that upholstery...I refinish furniture as well, and you run into some crazy things, right? -shaunna :)

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  9. For real??? Unbelievable Ann Marie. You rock the reupholstery! Great job...love the damask. My chairs have a twin now ;-)

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  10. Very nice! you da girl. And you gotta love the 70's wood (acne speckled blotchy stuff). Hurry and paint over that, will ya?

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  11. I love this chair! I'm a damask freak!!! hahaha!

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  12. Love it! Great job. I am hosting a party this week-My Favorite DIY. Come join if you like.

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  13. Wow, great job. I admire the fact that you tackled the project.
    Teresa

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  14. That looks great! I love the different fabrics you used. I can understand going back to painting furniture projects; I imagine the upholstery job took some time to do. It always seems to be more of instant gratification from painting something. Visiting from Make It Yours Day.

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  15. Wow...awesome chair, it came out beautifully! You are so talented! I hope you'll link it up to Frugalicious Friday!

    Jane
    Finding Fabulous

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  16. HI, I don't think I've been by here before. So glad you joined my party last week & wow, that's a cute chair now. I love to see furniture renovations. Great to meet you!

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  17. You are so talented!!! I wish I could cover a chair like that!! It looks amazing!

    Thanks for linking up at my Tuesday Talent Show!

    Come on over again tonight for another party :)

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  18. That's so funny! That's almost the EXACT mauve fabric of my chair :) And you did a damask!

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