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Topic: Could this nasty curb chair be rescued? - A Cinderella Story.  (Read 10969 times)
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« on: October 24, 2009 11:44:36 AM »

A friend found this nasty curb chair a few days before her wedding and left it in our yard to come back for it later. She was I guess planning to put a blanket or something over it or try to ask some tips on reupholstry (we're all young and broke here) so I thought I could do something for her for a little wedding present. The fabric was 15 shekels a meter and I used two meters and have a bit left over to hopefully make a clutch for my sister.
I ripped off all the old and disgusting fabric with a kitchen knife and a pair of regular pliers and had a hell of a time with a really crappy staple gun. Sanded all the wood as best I could with two pieces of sandpaper and gave it a few coats with spray paint before finishing it with a spray varnish, waiting a day and then stretching the fabric. Used a sewing machine where needed on the inside and am still working on sewing the piping in by hand (Stupidly done, I should have sewed it to the bottom fabric but didn't know exactly
how it would fit at the time.)

The color is much prettier in life I think, richer maroon-ish pink but it isn't showing up well on camera... I am really hoping she likes it!!!


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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2009 11:59:12 AM »

Wow! That looks amazing! Great job!

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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2009 12:06:01 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2009 12:29:49 PM »

Oh my gosh, who wouldn't LOVE it?!?

It looks beautiful and if I had seen the finished product and never ssen the before pics I would've never guessed of it's past life lol

Do you have to learn to upholster in order to do it?

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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2009 12:36:58 PM »

I love the fabric!
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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2009 01:02:21 PM »

that looks amazing!
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2009 02:09:38 PM »

Oh my gosh, who wouldn't LOVE it?!?

It looks beautiful and if I had seen the finished product and never ssen the before pics I would've never guessed of it's past life lol

Do you have to learn to upholster in order to do it?

I didn't learn how except through experience (and this is only my second time doing it). I watched one Youtube video to kind of get the idea, then just started turning chairs over to see how they were put together. It is suprisingly easy. Just turn the chair over and follow the fabric. I took the staples out with a pair of pliers and a knife (couldn't find a flat head screwdriver) and then you'll just see how the chair is put together. Try not to rip the old upholstery because you use it to trace out the new cloth you want to use. then put the thing back together in the same way you took it apart, only this time using the new fabric.
   Also, as I noticed from the first chair i did with a silky fabric, use something thick, or maybe even fabric meant for upholstery (too expensive for me) or else the fabric will stretch and start to kind of come up from the hidden staples. Also, use a lot of staples. Also, try to get a decent staple gun, the one I have is such a piece of trash and I got blisters on my hand from it. Jams every second staple and most of them wouldn't even pierce to wood until the 10th try. Something that should have taken 20 mins took an hour and a half, from reloading the damn thing and fixing jams, and throwing away staples that didn't even pierce the wood.

Thats it! and you can sand and paint stuff before hand if you want. Be careful of bug families in furniture you find though :/ do all the removing of cloth outside so there aren't suddenly bugs dropping into your carpet. gross
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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2009 08:16:09 PM »

That is a seriously amazing transformation.  I never would have looked at that chair twice beforehand, but would definitely buy the one you refinished!  Great work!

« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2009 12:49:07 AM »

I love transforming old furniture! You're chair is GORGEOUS!
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2009 01:56:48 AM »

Wowww!!  I LOOOOVE it!!!
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