Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My Statement Chair

A bit of backstory about this chair. I found it on one of my frequent trips to Goodwill last year. Yes, you read that right, this chair has been sitting around waiting for it's new look for a whole year. Bad me. Or busy me. Yes, let's go with busy, that sounds better.

When I found it, I knew I was going to buy it. I was totally smitten with the size and shape, and I have the perfect little corner in my bedroom for it. But it took a lot to get past the way it looked.

As you can see, it's pretty darn ugly, but----wait for it---this fabric is not only hideous, but VINYL. Again, you are not misreading, that is indeed white and purple rose printed vinyl. I so wish you could reach through the the screen to touch this chair. And there are parts of the chair that are ruched! Ruched vinyl with a vinyl skirt!!! Save me!

It also took me a while to find the right fabric for this chair. I found a beautiful teal and taupe print, but there wasn't going to be enough of it to do the whole thing. But I reeeeeally wanted it, so I went out on a bit of a limb (for me, anyway) and bought 2 coordinating fabrics.

And then I just shoved the whole project aside until this weekend. But when I got going, I was like a runaway upholstery train, nothing was going to stop me! 

I had orignally thought the chair may be from the 1950's so I used the Home Decor Resource Guide at One Kings Lane to see if I could find anything similar. Have you checked that out yet? Lots of good information, links, articles and photos, including an excellent article on the History of Upholstery.

This chair had the original upholstery on it and was surprisingly easy to strip. I actually did find a tag with a manufacturer's date and country of origin inside. Made in the USA in December of 1962. I always love to find the tags, it makes the chair that much more special (even when my guess turns out to be wrong). Other than needing to tighten the screws on the front legs, the frame and the springs were in perfect condition. I got it all apart in a few hours.

Look at that. Perfect, right? Now, the foam in the seat was totally trashed, and the webbing and burlap on the top had pretty well stretched out of shape, so I went ahead and replaced it all.

I wanted to use the printed fabric for the seat, top and front of the arms. Starting with the seat, I centered the large motif and stapled it in place.

Next, I did the 2 arms, adding new foam and batting to them first. I used 2 of the smaller motifs as the centers on the arms.

Then I did the top, again centering the large motif.

One of the things that I really liked about the design of the chair originally, was the ruched strip along the top. I wanted to keep that element, so I used the plain teal fabric to make piping and as the ruching on the top and around the seat. 

I also added the piping along the outer edges of the arms. Next, I used the striped fabric for the outer arms.

I ended up really liking this fabric, it has a great texture, and would go with practically everything. I also used it on the back.

Pretty awesome so far. Next, I used the same cording with the ruched fabric around the bottom of the chair.

Last, I used the striped fabric to make the skirt. I ran out of that fabric, so the skirt didn't end up being as full as the original, but I think it works quite well.

I am in love. (Sorry, hubs!) This little chair turned out exactly, and I do mean exactly the way I pictured it. That is such an amazing moment that when it happens I feel like the queen of the universe.

Last thing to do was to put it in it's place of honor. Squeeeee!!!

I'm thinking I may add a small round pillow to it, maybe the striped fabric (if I can find more) on one side and the print on the other with some cording.

But for right now I think I'll just bask in it's darling-ness.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Upholstering an Ottoman

Happy New Year!!

Yes, I know it's February, but due to a crazy schedule and a wonderful family vacation over the holidays this is my first blog post of 2014, so just go with me, okay?

One of my first projects this year was this fun little ottoman my friend Jen bought as an uncovered piece from Cost Plus. It's a good, sturdy little frame with an attachable top cushion.

I love uncovered furniture waiting to be made into a signature piece, don't you?

The ottoman will go with this chair that I had redone for her in December.

But, we didn't have quite enough fabric to do both the top and the bottom of the ottoman in the same fabric. So, Jen found some plain red fabric and we decided to do the top in the patterned fabric and the bottom with the red fabric.

The top is just a basic cushion cover with piped edges.

The only thing that I did differently than, say, a sofa cushion, was to put the zipper on the underside of the cushion. That way, you aren't looking at an exposed zipper along one of the sides.

Once the cushion was finished, I set it aside and upholstered the base. First I cut a rectangle of red fabric to fit the top, then sewed strips on each side. Then, I gave it a "fitting", that is, I laid the fabric over the ottoman, wrong side out and pinned up the sides in order to get a nice snug fit.

Then, I pulled the cover off and stitched along the pinned lines, trimmed away the excess fabric and pulled it back on, unscrewed the legs from the base and stapled the fabric to the bottom.

Once the fabric was stretched and stapled in place, I put the legs back on, and it was done.

So, now you're wondering,"She's got 2 parts of an do they stay together?" With a piece like this, there are a few choices you could make; you could leave them separate, I could have sewn velcro to the underside of the cushion and the top of the base, or you could sew them together.

Jen told me she wanted them attached permanently, so I chose to sew them together. Now, did you notice the zipper in the typar on the underside of the base? I really have to give kudos to the designer of this piece, having that zipper made the inside accessible without having to remove the typar. And SO much easier!!! 

Once I got the top and bottom lined up the way I wanted, I used my handy little tagging gun to baste them together. (This a great tool that I use way too infrequently.)

I used a large curved needle and some thick button twine to sew through the top cushion, around the springs onto the base.

Once that was done, I zipped that up and flipped it over. Done!

It turned out really nice. (if I do say so myself) More and more, I'm really liking the multiple fabrics on one piece. Especially on something as basic as this, it really gives it a pop.

I can't wait to get this to Jen! She's going to love it!

I have multiple projects in the works to share in the next few weeks. Thanks for staying with me!!