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lil_abi
« on: June 01, 2008 07:21:48 AM »

So, my husband wanted a granny chair...

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.  We also kept finding small beads crammed in crevices.  I can only picture some small child stuffing beads in her nose and in the chair alternately. 


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, cut it all out, then forgot about that for a while.  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 tomorrow?"
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:



We did, however, compromise our sanity for the foreseeable future...

Proof that you can make snow angels indoors:


Next time, no former smoker's chairs. 

Actually, no next time. 
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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2008 07:27:24 AM »

That was a really good photo spread! And excellent choice on the new fabric!
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2008 07:36:35 AM »

that looks hard! but you did a great job, i love how it looks. very fun and modern.
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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2008 07:39:49 AM »

thats fantastic! i love the material and it looks like you all had fun making it ! bonus points for that  Grin LOL
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2008 07:41:16 AM »

I'm very impressed with your mad upholstering skillz!  I definitely would have left that chair on the curb, I'm glad there are people like you to rescue it!

And I love the killed the sheep/gnawing on the bone photo.  That made me LOL.
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2008 08:20:49 AM »

I love you, your husband, and your dogs great sense of humor! lol

The chair looks great, what a fun fabric you picked out!
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2008 09:22:52 AM »

Great project (and funny pictures)! I really like the fabric choice. Maybe I shouldn't attempt that reupholstering project I was planning on...
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2008 12:42:13 PM »

This rocks! Also, awesome in progress pictures!
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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2008 02:51:56 PM »

OMG!  Love that fabric!  Your chair is gorgeous!
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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2008 04:05:35 PM »

This is one of the best posts I've ever seen on Craftster! I laugh every time I look at your photos, you guys are just too much!  Cheesy

I have a couple of chairs that need recovering, thanks for the warning...er...inspiration!
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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2008 05:41:06 PM »

Great job on a fairly intricately upholstered chair -- and the telling of the story as well!
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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2008 07:57:35 PM »

Gorgeous fabric!
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2008 08:13:59 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2008 10:26:35 AM »

not only do I love this project, I love your gryffindor tee!!!

but seriously, much props to you guys. Ive wanted to reupholster some chairs at my house...im rethinking it... Wink
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« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2008 01:18:06 PM »

Wow great job! 
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« Reply #15 on: June 02, 2008 06:04:18 PM »

Your post is one of the most fun to read, fun to follow, fun to see remakes I've ever read. Thank you for a thorough and thoroughly funny hike from start to finish. Love the new chair - I bet it smells terrific! Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2008 02:58:18 PM »

Great job!  Looks 100% better!
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« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2008 05:32:28 PM »

The chair I am currently working on is a wing chair. Those are SUCH a pain to rip apart. I still have my battle scars on my hands. How do you put it back together without the evil teeth things?
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« Reply #18 on: June 03, 2008 06:09:59 PM »

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How do you put it back together without the evil teeth things?

Well, we used tack strips on straight edges, and ended up gluing the top curved and bottom straight edge of the back.  We also tucked some glue into crevices that were not stapled (b/c staples would have shown).  The glue we used was some toxic "extremely flammable, vapor harmful" "Quick Grip" glue.  It said on the package it was suitable for fabric.  I'd used it before and it has proved to be very strong. 

Basically, with the wing-back aspects, we pulled all panels facing front to the back, and stapled on the back.  The last step was to cover the back, and all those telltale staples. 
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« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2008 07:43:46 PM »

Good job!.
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« Reply #20 on: June 05, 2008 11:16:04 PM »

This chair rocks!  Love the fabric and the photo shoot Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: June 06, 2008 02:24:54 PM »

 Shocked WOW - that's a lot of work! Great job - love the shots!
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« Reply #22 on: June 06, 2008 02:58:51 PM »

Hey wow that is great.  Now, I have this ugly couch................................
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« Reply #23 on: June 07, 2008 03:05:29 PM »

Excellent redo of the chair, and the pictures are priceless!!   Grin
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« Reply #24 on: June 07, 2008 03:58:33 PM »

Thanks re: the photos and all your other comments!  Remember: vote early and often!  Wink
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« Reply #25 on: June 08, 2008 04:29:55 PM »

Too fantastic!  Love the project, and the pics are hilarious!!!
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