Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Life of a Chair

I bought this chair last year at the Habitat ReSale Store.

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Furniture and building supplies are donated and then sold to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. I have participated in building several of these houses, mostly with my church. When you enter the store, there is a sign that asks for you to please pay the sticker price. They mark things down in price if they have been there for a certain amount of time, but even at the starting price, they aren't that high. All of the money made goes into building homes for people less fortunate than me, so I never bargain there.

This chair was $25. It has this cute little skirt and a pillow that hangs from the top rail. Lots of character. And the fabric wasn't that bad. Just a little dated. If it was clean, I might have considered it a cute vintage print. But it wasn't clean. Well, mostly it was faded. And it's not like you can wash color back into a textile.

So I took it home and put it into the living room. It's quite short. It looked silly there. So I took it to Mount Airy, lifted it up onto the table shown in the 1st photograph, and tore the whole chair apart.

First I removed the fabric. And found more fabric.

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The black floral underneath is a chintz. And I have to say, I think it looks awful. The groovy print on top looks much better with the wood than the black does. While I was taking the chair apart, I found that the last upholstery job was done with tacks. No staples. Not only did it mean that it was a pain to uncover, but also that it was probably last covered in the late 60s, before staple guns became readily available for this task.


I sanded and painted a nice glossy black. Remember the can of black latex paint, who was friends with the brave polar explorer?

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Here is the filling for the seat. Based on the vegetation (moss) and hog hair used to fill, the chair could easily be around 100 years old.


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Retying the springs. This will be quite a sturdy chair. And no, those are not my hands...

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Crooked little Pretty little staples!

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OOPS!!! It's naked!

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Much better. I do think that my instructor wanted me to leave the skirt off (he also wasn't too pleased with my decision to paint the wood). But I did make a little skirt anyway. It definitely is more me with the addition of the skirt. I'm a poofy kind of girl, not tailored (in any way).

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This actually isn't the finished chair, but I decided to post anyway. I still haven't made the pillow to hang on the back posts. It will be in the same white fabric with a big black C monogrammed on the front. It is already in the entrance hall (despite the fact that it hasn't been pressed...maybe the wrinkles add to the poof factor?). I have also started a couple of black and white projects to hang on the wall across from it. I will post an "entrance hall before" and an "entrance hall after" photo. Whenever the "after" is complete.

Not bad for $25 bucks. I've already started my next chair. Here is a sneak peek...

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It's a beautiful French Wingback chair that I found in the "junk room" at a consignment shop. Ticket price was $80; I got it for $40. Not a problem to bargain there. I really loved the fabric, but ewwwww, gross! Filthy, filthy, filthy. I can't wait to show you the fabric that was hiding under this chinz. Very pretty, but surprising. And I really can't wait to show you the fabric that I picked out to reupholster the chair in. Very pretty, and perhaps surprising as well....

1 comment:

  1. I love it, I love it, I love it! And ven more than the chair, I'm so impressed with you! Girl, your talents have no end. :)

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