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« on: April 27, 2010 06:59:34 PM »

I rescued these chairs from an abusive owner (my mother).  They are these neat, kind of 70's outdoor chairs, and they had these rubbery strips that you sit on and rest your back on.  Well, I decided that they were lame and had to go. So I took them off.  Well, so far, I've spray painted them new colors (there is third one that is candy apple green) and my mom taught me how to use a circular saw and I made new seats. 

The only thing I am having trouble with is designing something for the back.  All suggestions would be greatly appreciated!  =) 

(BTW - I AM CLOSING ON MY FIRST HOME FRIDAY!  These will be proudly displayed on my new screened in porch!) 


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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2010 08:25:46 PM »

Sorry I can't be helpful with a suggestion, but I just have to say WOW, I totally love the transformation with just the color alone! So festive!
But that black rubber with brass... ewwwwww!

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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2010 09:12:07 PM »

maybe a fabric cover that ties by the seat and has padding in it.  Maybe a u-shape with a casing and ribbon or same fabric tie

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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2010 09:55:11 PM »

love the colours. For the new seats/backs you could make a wood cut out with cut outs/drill holes patterns etc (this would be the easiest). Or you could use upholstery webbing (comes in nylon or jute -- which if you use jute you would have to seal if they were to get wet) or thick leather (slightly thinner than a belt) to do a woven seat and back. Good luck, I'd love to see the after pics!   

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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2010 11:12:25 PM »

I love the colors! Congratulations, on your first place!

This may be a stupid suggestion, but I would almost like to the see the backs on the seats beaded - like those beaded seat cushions that you see in taxi cabs.
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2010 01:52:00 AM »

OOOOOOH! I see a gorgeous upholstery fabric with big bold vertical stripes of turquoise, apple, black, white, tan, and maybe coral. I don't know where I saw that fabric, but I probably did, and it would be perfect! Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2010 04:15:30 AM »

Oh thank you for the good ideas so far!  I kind of like the beaded backing idea - only, I wish I could find something like what you're talking about in fabulous BRIGHT COLORFUL crystally type beads.  I think that would be cool!  But, there is an issue with stability - I'm afraid someone might put all their weight leaning back and it would break.

I don't mind sewing a backing with upholstery fabric - but I wouldn't know where to start.   Huh Huh  I wouldn't know how to design it.  I will think it over at work today and try to draw out a prototype - I think this might be the easiest option for me.  I'd like to have this project finished by this weekend - I have a lot planned!  =)

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