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Topic: chair makeover. obviously not finished in time for the challenge.  (Read 2713 times)
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« on: July 03, 2008 09:34:31 PM »

so i had originally planned this as an entry for the june challenge, but there was no way i was finishing it in time with my work schedule and starting classes for a masters in computer science (so nerdy, i know.)

in any case, this was a ratty old chair that i think was once red. my girlfriend found it on the side of the road in the city and drove it out to the suburbs for me because she new i was looking for a couch or chair to try this "fake" re-upholstery trick.

so here we have the before:

good shape, but terribly worn out and gross looking. it was like the worst, itchiest mohair or wool material as well. it was really awful.

so anywho, my inspiration for this chair came from the call for entries post for the may challenge (the lighting one), and specifically a picture from mark montano's big ass book of crafts of a chair recovered in duct tape.

so what did i do? i covered my chair in duct tape.... behold!

there we can see the rolls of duct tape.


it was pretty fun, although dusty.

obviously i realize that this is not as permanent as a "real" re-upholstering, and has already started to pull and wear at the edges. but it was quick and fun, and none of my furniture matches anyway.  Roll Eyes

thanks for looking!

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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2008 10:50:27 PM »

Cool chair!  Love the duct tape idea!
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2008 01:19:51 AM »

Try covering it in vinyl.  It'll still tear, but will have a longer life (hopefully!)

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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2008 08:45:41 PM »

That looks really great. In my opinion, better than the chair in the book.

Kudos. Smiley
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2008 11:51:36 AM »

That is fantastic!!  I'm gonna do that to the next second hand loveseat that comes my way--my dogs keep having "accidents"  (barf, pee, etc.) on every upholstered piece of furniture I get.  I will thwart them with duct tape!!!
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2008 09:10:48 PM »

oh man, as awesome as your armchair is, i couldn't help but be reminded of the time i had bedbugs: 2 reasons why. 1) i had to cover all my furniture in plastic, 2) whenever it would rip, i would patch it up with duck tape. that slippery, crunchy plastic and those pesky rolled up linty edges will be forever in my memory, evn as that furniture has long been gone.
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