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Topic: URBN Inspired Oriental Fabric Wrought-Iron Chair. and Tutorial.  (Read 5956 times)
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« on: February 08, 2004 01:19:22 PM »

URBN inspired oriental fabric wrought-iron chair finally complete.
+It all began at the local Costa Mesa Urban Outfitters, when shopping for the ideal christmas gift. And there it was. A wrought iron garden chair with a silk fabric seat. i was stunned when it wasn't for sale, (made a frantic Craftster Post in hope for help), after several weeks of harrasing Urban Outfitters employes they said the chair was for sale at the offending price of $170. Being the Craftsmen i am i searched for an alternative. bought oriental silk fabric off ebay. weeks passed. christmas passed. months passed. no chair to be found. finally (about a week ago) i came across the chair in a flee market sorta thing. bought it . and...


http://i.myspace.com/96/62/572669/4026208_m.JPG the famous chair

http://i.myspace.com/96/62/572669/4026228_m.JPG the famous chair (in detail)

http://thumbs.villagephotos.com/index.asp?id_=7904453 the famous chair (in more deatail)

http://thumbs.villagephotos.com/index.asp?id_=7904454 step 1: remove old fabric from chair by removing the old staples, be sure to leave the underlying padding (unless your using new padding ofcourse). you may also have to remove a few screws that attach the seat to the chair's frame.

http://thumbs.villagephotos.com/index.asp?id_=7904466 step 2: remove the padding and board so that you only have the frame of the chair.

http://thumbs.villagephotos.com/index.asp?id_=7904467 step 3: clean the chair (used chairs are rather dingy, never paint on a dirty surface).

http://i.myspace.com/96/62/572669/4026551_m.JPG
http://thumbs.villagephotos.com/index.asp?id_=7904497 step 4: Paint with desired color (i used interior house paint)

http://thumbs.villagephotos.com/index.asp?id_=7904498 step 5: be sure fabric is wrinkle free.

http://thumbs.villagephotos.com/index.asp?id_=7904509
 step 6: cut fabric so that it can cover the seat of the chair  with enough length that it can be stapled to the bottom of the seat ( remeber its better to have an inch too much then be an inch short).

http://thumbs.villagephotos.com/index.asp?id_=7904510
step 7: firmly rap the fabric around the seat of the chair and staple using a stple gun (this might take the assistance of a friend).

http://i.myspace.com/96/62/572669/4026627_m.JPG
step 8: connect the seat and the chair's frame with the old screws (you might want to buy new screws, because 50 year old screws are not exactly in the best shape).


+ She loved the gift, and i am very proud of the final outcome... if only i could come across these chairs more often, i have plenty of spare oriental fabric.
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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2004 01:37:54 PM »

Awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2004 02:00:26 PM »

So very beautiful!
I admire your determination to reincarnate that chair somehow!
Can I ask how much the flea market chair was?Also, what's the name of the color of paint you used?
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2004 06:25:15 PM »

i purchased the paint at a local hardware store the color was called "cocoa bean". The chair quite overpriced at $40 (originally i was told $60), the woman who owned the flea market was rather eccentric, faking a British accent only half the time. it was amusing. but thanks for the encouraging comments.
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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2004 07:50:28 PM »

That "cocoa bean" color looks metallic--is it, or is it just the effect from the camera?

LOL about the fake British accent!
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2004 11:24:01 AM »

YEAH! Stick it to Urban Outfitters! 170 dollars, my ass!
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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2004 01:32:33 PM »

YEAH! Stick it to Urban Outfitters! 170 dollars, my ass!
have to agree with that-somehow, their catalog started arriving, and when i saw the bleached-out junky looking "diesel bumix" jeans for $195  Shocked Shocked Shocked my eyeballs fell out of their sockets.  'scuse me, but, i'd rather buy a pair at the goodwill for $3, then buy a ticket to mexico with the rest!
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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2004 04:33:10 PM »

Nice chair... looks great~!
Great directions & Pics too!!
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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2004 09:31:32 PM »

that is gorgeous! I have a friend that needs a chair, I will have to go on a hunt....
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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2004 09:55:46 PM »

beautiful beautiful. the fabric is a great choice, especially with the "cocoa bean" finish. i've never had the determination to refinish furniture before but your tale of perserverence  is truly inspiring. and what results! great job and excellent tutorial.  Grin
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