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Topic: From Trash to Treasure - My Curbside Armchair  (Read 3165 times)
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« on: September 23, 2011 06:18:11 AM »

I have always loved big wingback armchairs but with living on a shoestring I could never afford one. Then one day when driving home I saw a pair of them sitting by the bins! They were both in great condition, with good solid frames, the only thing wrong with them was the tired, stained, ripped upholstry. So I chose the best one and stuck it in the back of my little car, only the backrest fit in the boot, the rest was hanging out, luckily my apartment was on the same street! I'd been wanting to try my hand at upholstry anyway, so here was my chance!

This is what it looked like before, unloved and abandoned:

Ripping off the fabric and discovering just HOW MANY staples there are in a chair!

The foam was in great shape, so I just spayed and washed it down with demoulding spray and anti-flea stuff until I was sure I'd killed anything nasty that might have found the chair before I did!

Kitty claiming the chair before it was finished

So it sat naked in the house for about 3 months while I chose some fabric I liked. I finally found some lovely green and black pattern that I liked and got to work, it took me another few weeks to upholster it doing it bit by bit, and having to stop halfway through to buy more fabric because I'd underestimated how much I needed. In the end I think it took about 8m of the stuff, I spent around 50 on fabric.

And here is the end result!

I think I did a pretty good job for my first try! Ok, so if you inspect it closely you can see a few staples here and there and the cushion is quite wonky but I think it just makes it more unique. So rather than spending 200-500 on a new chair I ended up getting one for just 50, and it's EXACTLY how I wanted it Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2011 06:25:49 AM »

It is wonderfull! What a great find, and clever work. You must be proud. This rocks!

« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2011 08:11:13 AM »

Thanks, I am proud. It makes a great reading chair Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2011 10:33:10 AM »

Oh wow, great job on your first upholstery job!  I love the fabric choice!


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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2011 09:30:40 AM »

I love the reverse print on the cushion!  Did you simply flip the fabric to the "wrong" side?  Side note, your cat made me laugh...those are the biggest eyes I've ever seen on a feline (that haven't been altered with photoshop).

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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2011 10:24:12 AM »

Thanks, yes I just flipped the fabric to the 'wrong' side. Both sides of the fabric were equally neat and I couldn't decide if I wanted a green or black chair. My sofa is black with big green back cushions so doing it this way ties it in nicely with the rest of the room.

As for the cat, she does have huuuge manga style eyes. It's so cute. Sadly, she was my ex's cat and she moved out with him. I was more sad to see her leave!

« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2011 11:58:29 AM »

I love your work its fab  Grin i have an old chair waiting for this treatment need to get butt in gear
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2011 11:13:39 PM »

It looks very comfy. I love how your cat looks like its seen something shocking with it's huge eyes.

« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2011 05:06:23 AM »

Thanks, it is super comfy. Her eyes are always like that, she has constant startled expression Smiley

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