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« on: July 05, 2011 04:57:57 PM »

My mom has had this chair for YEARS and I have been dying to get my hands on it! I knew I could really dress it up... and finally she gave it to me and I gave it a go!

Basically just ripped it down to the base and built it back up again!

Here is the before:




And here it is after!!


I am in LOVE with this chair! It was worth all the pain in my hands from ripping the hundreds of nails out! Wink
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2011 05:05:24 PM »

WOW! looks like something from the pages of "Elle Decor". Well done!
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2011 05:09:24 PM »

It's gorgeous. What does your mom think now?
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2011 05:25:19 PM »

Whoa! What a make over.  Sure, it kills the value of the chair, but it looks amazing.
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2011 05:31:27 PM »

Chair really didn't have any value Wink

Thanks everyone! My mom loves it now- even joked that she should take it back!
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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2011 06:28:09 PM »

absolutley beautiful!! Truly a new life for the chair.
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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2011 06:33:33 PM »

omg i love it *wists & adds to fave projects*
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2011 06:52:10 PM »

Aww thanks! Smiley Much appreciated it! I'm glad you all like it as much as I do!
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« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2011 08:21:53 PM »

I want this chair!!!! Just sayin'... Grin You did an awesome job!
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« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2011 08:42:02 PM »

It looks so nice. I would be scared to sit in it. Very elegant.
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« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2011 06:57:36 AM »

I want this chair!!!! Just sayin'... Grin You did an awesome job!

Thank you very much! Smiley

It looks so nice. I would be scared to sit in it. Very elegant.

I was! lol! I did give it a try though and it's actually very comfortable! But for now it's going to live in the corner of the dining room, without any butts visiting it for awhile! Wink haha
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« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2011 05:22:16 PM »

Love it!!!!!!

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« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2011 07:08:14 PM »

You have no idea how BADLY I want that chair.
It looks stunning <3
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« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2011 12:48:13 AM »

This looks lovely, do you have any training in re-upholstery?
I am currently doing an apprenticeship in upholstery and know how many specialist tools you need to do the job properly!! It's a nightmare huh!!
Did you retack it or staple?
And how old was the chair? Sorry for all the Q's, am just curious!!!!!
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« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2011 10:46:55 AM »

This looks great! Did you put in new black nails? How did you attach the fabric?
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« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2011 10:49:03 AM »

Thanks again, everyone! I really love all the comments! Smiley


mrs17- I have no training at all! Smiley I would love to take classes, but as of right now there's no plans for that. I didn't use ANY special tools! I googled for basic techniques and decided that a pair of wire clippers and a flat head screw driver were good enough to remove all of the tacks (worked like a charm too!), and then I DID at first buy new tacks to replace them but the store didn't have enough so I ended up scrapping that idea. For the ones I did replace, I didn't use a rubber mallet. I took my regular hammer and taped a few layers of scrap fabric to the head of it and hammered them in place. To my surprise, that also worked! It didn't damage the tacks at all.

As for the age- it's not actually that old! I don't know the age for sure, it's been thrifted and yard saled often I think. My mom's had it for at least 7 or 8 years. The overall value of it is no more than $80 I believe.

busy_lizzy- I opted not to do the new tacks, I couldn't get enough from the local store and ultimately I would have ended up spending over $100 on tacks alone- which was not part of my plan Wink I attached the fabric with my trusty staple gun
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« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2011 10:27:31 PM »

*drools* I bet your mom regrets giving it up now!
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« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2011 07:50:17 AM »

wow, this looks AWESOME! Reupholstery is such a mystery to me, I am in awe of your skills and patience!
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« Reply #18 on: July 08, 2011 09:58:42 AM »

Gorgeous!
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« Reply #19 on: July 08, 2011 02:56:11 PM »

Love it - it looks fantastic.  Love the dramatic feel of it.
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« Reply #20 on: July 08, 2011 03:01:29 PM »

Absatively gorgeous! I love the fabric, and even Mr. SciFunk thinks it's amazing.
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« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2011 02:01:05 PM »

Well thank you all so much!

As for reupholstering taking patience: That's an understatement! And I definitely dont have patience lmao!
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« Reply #22 on: July 09, 2011 11:09:16 PM »

Love the black and white scheme you chose! Your patience is inspiring, and it's great that you figured out how to do it all just through researching. Makes me want to go thrifting to see if I can find something to reupholster. Wink
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« Reply #23 on: July 20, 2011 09:03:19 AM »

I love those old chairs, and the pattern on the fabric is awesome!!
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« Reply #24 on: July 21, 2011 01:07:12 AM »

mind blowing, I am in love with it too!!
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« Reply #25 on: July 22, 2011 04:07:17 AM »

Wow!  I could see that in a trendy apartment featured in a magazine.  The black looks great, and the fabric is gorgeous!  Well done!

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« Reply #26 on: July 25, 2011 09:10:51 AM »

Wow. that is quite simply beautiful. I am in awe.
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« Reply #27 on: July 26, 2011 10:21:14 PM »

VERY NICE work! know if i can pifure out how to make mine look as pretty and clean...lol
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« Reply #28 on: July 27, 2011 10:35:32 AM »

Thanks so much everyone! I appreciate the love! Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: July 27, 2011 05:54:13 PM »

wow, what awsome results it looks completly different and amazing, great job!
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« Reply #30 on: July 28, 2011 01:51:28 PM »

WHOA! I thought it was a pretty chair to begin with but you really made it shine! It's so much more modern and interesting now. I absolutely love it!!
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« Reply #31 on: July 29, 2011 05:50:12 AM »

Wow! Shocked  Nice work!  I've always been too intimidated to really try re-upholstering.  I can slip-cover like crazy! Lol! But seeing this just shows me again that I really should try - it looks SO good! 
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« Reply #32 on: July 30, 2011 03:09:16 PM »

That upholstery job is a real improvement over the original! It looks fantastic and so posh!
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« Reply #33 on: July 31, 2011 06:00:21 PM »

So very, very pretty.  You have a great eye!
Looks like something out of a magazine. Cheesy
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« Reply #34 on: August 03, 2011 02:33:00 PM »

Your chair looks amazing! Give me hope for all the chairs my mom has that I've been eyeing for years! Maybe if I should her yours she'll let me at them haha
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« Reply #35 on: August 04, 2011 09:57:24 PM »

Oh wow! This is absolutely gorgeous! The pattern is perfect.
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 Shocked WOW! the work you've done is absolutely amazing! You've made the chair pop! Cheesy
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« Reply #37 on: August 06, 2011 06:36:31 AM »

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I can't believe that's the same chair!!! Impressive Cheesy
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« Reply #39 on: August 09, 2011 12:19:44 PM »

I would love a chair like that in my house (assuming I didn't have pets that would ruin it). It looks very elegant!
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« Reply #40 on: August 09, 2011 03:56:06 PM »

As an interior designer, I have to say, this is awesome! I LOVE this. Great job! Smiley
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you've reminded i have a mini arm chair in my mums garage in need of some tlc, i'll put it in the to do list! Smiley
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« Reply #42 on: September 29, 2011 08:12:43 PM »

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