Something From Nothing and a little bit of Everything!

The art of turning "good junk" into "great design"

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
William Morris, Hopes and Fears for Art (1882)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

From Drab to Fab Wing Chair

This was a project a long time in the making, with the fabric purchased from Lens Mill Store in November 2010.  However, good things come to those who wait.  I did take pictures of the tear apart, a slow process with thousands of staples, but when children borrow cameras, some things get lost! Needless to say what I thought would take a couple of hours, and I would be on my way to restapling turned into a 2 weekend project!Then there the naked chair sat in all its glory waiting for the re-creation.  Again a long process.
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Lots of Piping
Using the pieces that I had carefully removed I used them as a template to cut out the new fabric.  I have decided that with upholstery, straight cuts are not always necessary in looking at the old pieces.  With that all done, it was time to start reasembling the chair starting with the last piece off.  Working with "handy husband" was a necessity to keep the fabric tight as he used the air gun stapler.  So much easier than my last diy upholstery project with a hand stapler! The redo at was a great tutorial
2 days of stapling and the main body of the chair was complete.  Not being a great seamstress I even sewed the wings together with piping  (See this link for the easiest way to make piping at Sew, Mama Sew! )  the same as the original had been.  Actually, quite proud of the results.      They actually fit the first time around.  Next was the dreaded seat cushion, and it sat for weeks, months in the laundry room with the original cushion on my fabulous new chair.  My fellow blogger even said, "You aren't going to leave it like that, are you?"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Well, one day enough was enough and it was time to tackle the seat cushion, zipper and all.  Again, a pleasant surprise when it all turned out the way it was supposed to.
"Handy husband" found the uphostery strips with the teeth to attach the back piece, and after a little more procratsination, and a lot of musing over how they worked the 4 hands got that piece just right.

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Although those litte pieces at the front had been attached with nails, and my helper had cut the plywood and attached the nails, they really didn't go into the arms the way they should have.  The next best thing was the handy, dandy glue gun. 

Voila, the chair is complete and looks fantastic.  Who would have thought?
 But the best part, the chair was free, and the fabric was under $100.
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Handy husband says next time we will pay someone to reupholster the mate that is sitting in the basement, but what satisfaction is there in that, when I can say, "We took that chair from drab to fab."

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