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« on: May 27, 2008 07:33:01 PM »

I told him, just bring home a wing-back chair and a staple-gun. 

He found one in the next neighborhood over, one of a pair on the roadside, for free!  He picked out the one in better condition, but didn't do the whiff test.  Stale cigarettes!  Ahh!

We aired it on the porch, decided we'd have to re-stuff it as well (stale cigarettes are pretty powerful), and left it in a somewhat deconstructed state in the living room. 

8 months later...

We finally completed this beast.  I tell you, reupholstering this chair has given me a newfound respect for people who do this professionally.  And for the right tools. 

I shall continue, but yeh'll be wanting pictures, then, won't yeh?

Here she is before:


Hideous floral granny fabric.


Here's what the armrests looked like, worn through to the batting.  The whole thing slightly discolored to boot. 


The back.  I think we initially took pictures back in October not only for posterity, but also so we could try to remember how to put it back together!


Prying it apart.  There must have been thousands of staples in there, not to mention tack strips (bastardy cardboard strips with devil-sharp nails poking through), and curve metal things with teeth I took to calling the Jaws of Death.  We scraped ourselves, we scraped.  We bled, yes we bled.  And it finally came apart. 

Triumphant!

That was October.  Later we bought the fabric at Ikea, forgot about that for a while, then cut it all out.  The chair itself sat in a forgotten corner of the living room (forgotten, maybe, but also the first thing you see when you enter our apartment), until this past weekend. 

Enter Memorial Day Monday. 
DH: "Would you like to go on a hike today?"
Me: "Or, we could tackle The Chair."
<<upon waking up late on Monday morning>>
Me:  "Well, it's too late for a hike, isn't it?"

And thus, the chair was completed.  I had to make a run down to Jo-Ann for batting and tack strips (Jaws of Death did not figure prominently in our reconstruction), and so we began.

Some in-progress shots.  We were able to release anger as well as nesting instincts thanks to the staple gun and batting. 


Doggy helped.  Actually, it looks like he killed the sheep we used to stuff it and is gnawing on the marrow bone. 


Hundreds of staples later, not to mention some improvised tack strips, a bit of scary toxic glue, and some elbow grease, it was finished.  Enjoy the fruits of our labors:



Next time, no former smoker's chairs. 

Actually, no next time. 
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2008 07:42:56 PM »

that looks perfect.  love the fabric, love the pics.  it's great when there's such an entertaining story behind a project! 

and, I'm super jealous that you guys found a wingback chair randomly in a neighborhood...those are so comfy!
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2008 07:49:12 PM »

Beautiful job. When I saw the thumbnail, I thought, "please let that be the before shot!"
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2008 08:05:06 PM »

Oh I love that, awesome job! When I saw the front page thumbnail I knew I had to look and glad I did!! That is cute that your little doggie helped. I hear about the ciggi smell, oh man when you are not a smoker you can smell it a mile away.
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2008 08:10:40 PM »

Awesome job! we are mid reupholster as we speak.  I get the anger and bleeding part too well...Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2008 08:12:51 PM »

I am in love with this!!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2008 08:15:52 PM »

I think that is a wonderful chair
I hope its as comfortable as it looks

You did such a great job on the recon
but I believe it needs a matching ottoman Wink
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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2008 08:22:14 PM »

Wow, that was a big job but you did it!! Great chair and nice fabric too.
Yea, I also hate cigarrette smell on stuff... blehhh
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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2008 08:36:43 PM »

I love your skirt!  And that chair looks like it underwent an extreme makeover!  From gross smoking granny to hip trendy young'n! Cheesy  Awesome!
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« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2008 09:49:56 PM »

Great chair sequence...not only instructional but knee-slappin' funny! Thanks for the kicks and giggles!
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