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Topic: From 90's Disaster to my Sewing Throne  (Read 10222 times)
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« on: June 01, 2008 09:57:49 AM »

Okay, so "throne" may be an overstatement, but since my house is already filled beyond capacity with objects, I could not possibly bring another sitting surface into my house... except in one place... the approximately 4 square feet in the corner of my living room that serves as my "sewing niche".  I had previously been using one of our extra kitchen chairs and would have to scramble to extract it every time we had company for dinner... so, off to the thrift store I went...
 I found this sad monstrosity longing for a face lift. The poor thing was ratty and so drab but had obvious potential hidden behind it's itchy, 90's exterior.

My cat, Steve, couldn't see the potential, though, and thought that I bought it for him to destroy... but don't cats always think that about everything?

I also bought a blanket at the thrift store to cover the chair with and got to work.
After recovering the plush surfaces, I spray painted the metal a coppery gold color and voila...

I covered the fabric part with some vinyl that I had laying around to protect it (since it wasn't upholstery weight fabric) and to add to the 70's vibe.

here is a close up of the seat...

and here it is in action... in my hole of a sewing area...

I am pleased with how it turned out! Hopefully Steve doesn't still think that he can rip it to shreds!

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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2008 10:19:38 AM »

Very cool, great job!

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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2008 10:27:26 AM »

Nice, very cool retro look!

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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2008 10:41:11 AM »

Hopefully the vinyl is thick enough, it definitely fits the theme that you wanted, a total difference.

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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2008 10:59:20 AM »

Hopefully the vinyl is thick enough, it definitely fits the theme that you wanted, a total difference.

It was very thick vinyl. I got it as a remnant a while ago and had no idea what to do with it. I think that it will be sturdy enough... we also have put those lovely purple "soft claws" on Steve's feet so that he can cause minimal damage to our things.
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2008 11:18:35 AM »

this looks so good, it looks like it came straight out of the 70's. great work!
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2008 12:03:25 AM »

Nice job!
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2008 07:38:58 PM »

good job!
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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2008 05:32:31 PM »

I love it!  That fabric was a real find.
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2008 11:22:02 PM »

wow..i agree with all of the other comments. that fabric really makes it...it would look great in my house :]
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« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2008 09:38:56 AM »

thanks! I am pretty happy with it! I have a ton of the fabric left too, since it was a blanket and I used approximately 1/10 of it! I think that I will have to make some pillows or something to go with it. I would use it to make some kind of clothing article, but it has a weird layer of foam on the back side which, i imagine, would be very strange to have against my skin  Wink
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