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« on: February 19, 2012 11:08:46 PM »

I'm not sure if I should post here, since technically, it's not complete yet, but here's my first upholstery project.

I've had this chair for years, which I rescued after someone put it on the curb. Ten years, in fact. I loved the lines and kept telling myself "One of these days...one of these days..."
That day finally arrived at the end of January when something got into me and I actually worked on it. I found a great tute at Design sponge here:http://www.designsponge.com/2011/08/upholstery-basics-constructing-coil-seats-part-i.html

This is what the sad thing looked like at the beginning.

Stripped down to the bones. In case you're thinking of doing this I have some advice: get the proper tools to remove the staples, unlike me. OUCH!

The website I went to said I needed a webbing stretcher in order to get the webbing as tight as possible, but I didn't have one. Guess what I used?

I used a board with nails sticking out of it, which I had around the house. Why? I have no idea! HAHAHA

It worked great, too.

The seat base is woven.

This edge of foam helps the seat have a rounder appearance, but I didn't have the right kind. Solution: I cut foam, folded in half and stapled into place.

Foam on seat covered with burlap. Next step is batting.

Batting is on and it's ready for the final fabric.

Almost done. I still need to sew the cushion and add trim to cover the staples, but it's getting there.

He's already stalking his new scratching post.

I'll post when I make the seat cushion and add the trim. Thanks for looking! Smiley

« Last Edit: February 19, 2012 11:11:05 PM by KrazyKitty » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012 01:10:15 AM »

Ooh, thank you. I would have walked right past this if I'd seen it on the curb. Coiled spring upholstery would have intimidated me too much.

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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012 06:00:31 AM »

Beautifully done! I've been keeping an eye out for a similar chair so I can do the upholstery out of coffee bags (the big ones that are made of burlap).

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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012 08:14:58 AM »

that is a beautiful chair - I've never seen one like it - kudos on the rescue!

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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2012 11:22:36 AM »

Great job so far!  Make sure and post your pictures when you finish it.  And super thanks for the link!

« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2012 12:43:03 PM »

This is SO inspiring!!!  Will it give me the nudge to strip that chair I found last year that's been sitting in the corner of the livingroom???  I could go into labor any day now.  Better wait till Mom goes home........... then we'll see......... ponder. Cheesy 

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« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2012 12:50:43 PM »

Okay, this is going to be VERY helpful when I reupholster my chair! I got a chair from my aunt with an illustration on the back of historic West Chester, PA and there is NO webbing or support under the seat, but I dealt with it. Then my cat threw up on it and the cleaner we used 1)didn't work and 2)stained the fabric.

Do over time!

« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2013 02:25:48 AM »

What a great work. And the result is so beautiful.

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« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2013 10:29:04 AM »

So pretty! Can't wait to see the finished result, but it already looks stunning!

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