OK, so I am proud of me. I don't mean to be obnoxious, but I am so freakin' proud of me!!! This is my first time redoing a chair. And, by golly, I DID IT!!! I cowgirled up and pulled it off despite having not a clue!!!
Oh, by the way, I'd like to state for the record that staple guns are scary, scary things. I'm just saying...
The chair is far from perfect, and professional (or gifted amateur) reupholsterer types will probably experience burning of the eyes while enduring these pictures, but, frankly, I don't care. Because, I am delightfully satisfied. It turned out far better than I had allowed myself to hope. And, I learned A LOT! I am definitely ready to take on new furniture projects and keep learning.
And, I only bled 4 times, burned 3 very small blisters, and bruised one fingertip. I am proud to state that no ER visit was required during the completion of this project.
So, please share my giddy glee. Thanks for indulging me and reading this post!
So, it started with a $5 thrift shop chair. Here are the pieces. I had to take it apart to fit it in my car. It is being test-sat by feline test-sitter extraordinaire, Kansas the giant furry, purring ball of white fluffy love.
Yeah, it's fugly. But, sitting all dusty in the back room of the thrift shop, it quietly whispered to me, "You need more seating. And, now's a good time because your son's birthday gathering is coming up. And, look at me -- look at my intriguing, subtle, lines. Look at my clean angles. If I follow you home, will you keep me?"
Dirty, orange vinyl so screams "waiting room circa 1978" to me. *SHUDDER* But, the chair is sturdy, and I could see well enough how to take apart stuff and put it back together -- a good first recovering project.
But, and this is key, I wasn't just going to use any old fabric. I was waiting for the perfect fabric -- fabric that spoke to me, fabric that said, "I am worth the effort," fabric that was also on sale.
And, I found that fabric. And, it was good.
See, I sort of have a massive thing for helicopters. I am a rotorwash junkie. Bigtime.
So, y'all, it's time to start humming the Airwolf theme!!!
BEHOLD!!!!!!!! *cymbals crash*
I didn't want the feeling of fabric over vinyl, so I covered both cushions with a thin layer of quilt batting first before recovering with the supercool fabric. The fabric is flannel so, bonus prize, The Universe's Most Fantabulous Helicopter Chair of Wonder is also SNUGGLY!!!! Now, really, folks, have you ever?!?!?
Close up of the fabric:
I left the wooden handles as is because they're in decent shape, and they look fine how they are. I like the wooden handles alongside the fabric. If I ever get bored with them, I can always take them back off and paint them.
Because, I am now a furniture-redoing-wicked-cool-chic like that.
OK, so, ummm, the back. Yeah, well. Just don't look too closely and then move along quickly. But, hey, I made things hard on myself by choosing a fabric that has an up and down. And, really, the back is where I learned the most. I've already saved many "do it better next time" files on my mental harddrive.
Kansas also prefers the new snugglyriffic covering:
The Universe's Most Fantabulous Helicopter Chair of Wonder will have place of honor in the living room.
Oh, and my A-Team fan son's response upon seeing the redone chair for the first time was one word eloquence: "Murdock!"
*deep contented sigh*