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Dot Parker
« on: December 05, 2007 10:19:20 PM »

I found these two chairs on the side of the road and rescued them!  The vinyl was in my stash, but the staples cost about $2.50.  The one on the left is the redo, the one on the right hasn't be done yet (its the "before").



Detail (fuzzy, oops!) of the back...



Enjoy!
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2007 10:21:25 PM »

I NEED THESE CHAIRS. I wish I could find some on the road like that! Seriously though, they're great! Cool details Wink
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2007 07:06:15 AM »

Great job redoing those chairs, they will last forever!
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2007 02:19:23 PM »

I am confused. I really like the pleated/gathered green sash on the orange chair but what did you do to the one on the right? I think I see duct tape on the seat? Do you have original photos?

Good job on the orange and green. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2007 04:48:42 PM »

I agree, the gathering is really pretty, but i think you should fix the seat
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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2007 06:56:46 PM »

Sorry for the unclear communication!

The one on the right is the before, the one on the left is the after.  I only redid one of them but I forgot to take a before shot so I just put them both in one photo.

When I found the chairs they were covered in duct tape and very faded.  What looks like orange was actually deep cherry red on the back!  The seats had slits in them and the stuffing was coming out.  I replaced the stuffing and recovered the one chair.

The green is a really pretty pearly finish to it, and the flowery orange vinyl has gold tones.
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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2007 09:31:40 PM »

wow great job!!  i tred to recover a similar chair and failed miserably!  I love the pleating!!
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2007 09:22:48 AM »

well then, thanks for the clarification and bravo!
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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2007 04:27:01 PM »

 Great job !

I have two chairs like these but one has arms, I have always wanted to recover them, I had six but I gave  4 away when someone gave me my current dining room set.
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« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2007 09:51:09 AM »

I love your after.

I wish I could find something like that on the side of the road.  Shocked
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« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2007 10:04:58 PM »

These are great! I looove the pleating...so original!
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« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2007 03:50:29 PM »

Wow, you did a beautiful job!  I'm very impressed...  How did you get started with  re-upholstery?  I'd love to go get some cheap furniture at a garage sale and make something wonderful out of it, but I honestly have no idea how to get started.

I also LOVE LOVE LOVE your red chair in the background!  I want a couch exactly like that when I have my own apartment.  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2007 06:24:37 AM »

Ooo, very cool!
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« Reply #13 on: December 26, 2007 06:03:00 AM »

Great job!  Very creative!
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« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2007 04:17:07 PM »

Very classy! I've really got to make more time for creativity. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2007 07:39:05 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2008 10:45:48 AM »

nice pleating on the vinyl!
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« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2008 11:22:23 AM »

good chairzz indeed....
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« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2008 02:42:08 PM »

Really beautiful.  I'm dreaming of getting an old vinyl chair/formica table from the 50's and redoing it.
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« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2008 10:04:22 AM »

Great job! Looks really nice!!
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« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2008 07:09:13 PM »

I LOVE these! I inherited three chairs like these when I got my apartment, and I've always wanted to do something to them. I've never re-upholstered though - do you somehow take the chair bottom and back off the frame or do you attach the vinyl while it's still on the frame?
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« Reply #21 on: January 21, 2008 06:02:58 PM »

i dig the color combo of orange and jade.
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« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2008 05:09:00 PM »

Great redo!   I love them.
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« Reply #23 on: February 01, 2008 06:59:18 AM »

These look lovely, the colour combos are great!
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« Reply #24 on: February 01, 2008 09:30:30 AM »

i have 4 50's retro kitchen chairs & a table. table's in great shape but i have gotten estimates on the chairs to redo...$75 a chair (which is more than i paid for all of it!). where did you get the vinyl? was it hard? i assume you've done this before since u had the vinyl! thanks for your help.
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« Reply #25 on: February 21, 2008 11:12:53 PM »

It's really easy to do.  I hadn't done it before, but it was no problem to figure out.

1. take out any screws (most likely on the back of the post behind the chair back and under the seat.

2. remove old staples or tacks (dont bother saving the old tacks - the posts are probably bent now, seeing as you most likely had to use pliers to get them out and they won't go in straight anymore).

3. take off the old vinyl and replace the cotton stuffing (cheap) if you want. 

4. cut a piece of vinyl slightly bigger than you think you need.  This will give you something to pull on, and you can always cut off the excess.

5.  start in the middle of each side and work your way to the corners, stapling the vinyl in place on the bottom of the seat or the back of the chair.  This will all get covered up later.

6. STRETCH!!!!! the vinyl as you go.  this will make it nice and smooth.  Really give 'er.  If you feel like the vinyl is going to be under too much strain, add a couple more staples to even out the pressure.

7. when you get to the corners stretch it even more.  You can make pleats to take care of the excess fabric, but I actually pulled on mine enough that I didn't have to.  I haven't tried it, but I bet if you aimed a hot blow dryer at the vinyl for a few (30?) seconds it would succumb even more easily (but it might make it weak).

8. now this part takes a bit of finesse.  cut a piece of vinyl about the same size and shape as the back of the chair (we're going to cover up all the staples and stuff).  fold over the edge, about 1/2", all the way around.  tack the corners on with upholstery tacks.  give it a bit of stretch.  start by doing corners diagonal to each other (ie do the upper right hand corner first, then the bottom left, then the lower right and finally, the upper left)

9. put more tacks, about one every inch or so, around the rest of the perimeter of the backing piece.

10.  to finish the bottom, use a similar method, but using a piece of heavyweight card stock (staples will be fine here, you wouldn't see the tacks anyway).  no fold over is necessary either.

11.  screw the newly upholstered peices back onto the chair frame (tighten just to finger tight plus quarter turn) and enjoy!

If you have any questions, let me know!

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