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« on: July 19, 2013 02:15:38 AM »

Not really sure whether this belongs on Craftster or not, but here goes...

This is a chair from the late 1800s which came from my grandmother, before and after one furniture renovation course and two upholstery courses (they were four-day courses, I calculated about 60ish hours of work in total):

And a couple of in-progress shots (these are links to bigger pictures):

I expected the work to make a difference in how the chair looked, but I never thought that that hideous thing could end up looking so pretty! I can't take that much credit for it as I didn't really know what I was doing with the upholstery - the teacher was fantastic.

P.S. The fabric is Chinese Lanterns by Sanderson, which is discontinued but I was fortunate enough to find on ebay after it had taken us hours and hours to decide on the fabric, only to return to the shop and find they didn't have any!
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2013 02:20:28 AM »

Great work. I love that you stripped the paint too, it looks much better this way.

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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2013 03:06:40 AM »

Incredible job! Certainly has the "Wow" factor. Gorgeous chair. You did a great job on it. Absolutely love the wood color. Thanks for sharing the process and for showing us it can be done!!!
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2013 03:43:48 AM »

Great work. I love that you stripped the paint too, it looks much better this way.

Thank you! Stripping the paint from the floral decoration at the top was the most time-consuming bit. I had to do it with the tip of a craft knife - tried paint stripper with no results and then a hot-air gun and almost set the whole chair on fire!
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2013 04:53:13 AM »

Gorgeous! Time consuming but so rewarding for such a beautiful piece of furniture. Great you could see the potential in it.  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2013 10:27:52 AM »

Great job you did on this. And isn't stripping paint of an intricate design a pain!

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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2013 01:20:39 PM »

That is one amazing transformation! It has such character now!

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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2013 04:00:58 PM »

"Does this belong on craftster?"  OMG!  YES!!  I love the fabric you chose.  It is absolutely gorgeous!

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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2013 08:28:39 PM »

Wooooow! A beautiful chair! I commend you on having the courage to take on this project. If I had something that old I would be so scared to touch it, in fear of messing something up. Definitely second that the wood looks so much better. I really enjoy the fabric you chose. Old meets new, and it's a happy marriage!
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2013 02:04:47 AM »

I am so jealous, that chair was beautiful but you have made it far more so. I have wanted a chair like that for ages, but wouldn't know where to start with re-upholstering etc...Well done!!!  Grin
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