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the breakfast chair makeoverWhile I’m REthinking

that tray (not so) chic  fiasco,

I turned my attention to the “matching” caned chair found for mom’s breakfast table.

I grabbed my upholstery staple puller and wire cutter-pliers and got to work on knocking down the orange velvet fabric.  Its upholstery was done so well, I really took my time to study their job!
I was kind of sad stripping the orange velvet.  Aside from being dirty, the velvet was in pristine condition, has the best patina and a really nice hand.  I’m thinking I’ll wash it and try to REuse it in another project down the line.  AND~it is and always has been my very favorite color!
Did you know ORANGE is the color of CREATIVITY ?!?

ugh~trying to get the glued on parts off

Unfortunately, someone used some glue on what I’m guessing was a velvet padded back cover.  I seriously struggled getting the residue off.

BUT~ I won the battle with a razor blade, pliers, scrub brush, a n d  patience.

While I had the scrub brush going, I knocked off the small areas of thickly built up dust and grime, and just cleaned the chair WaY better this time around.

I LUV the seat—and YES, it’s as generous as this vantage point would suggest!

what a seat!

the breakfast chair makeover

You can see I taped off and covered the muslin before I painted it.  Gotta luv the many uses of Press N’ Seal!

I sprayed it with Kilz and left it to set up over night.  Tomorrow I’ll give it a top coat with a very soft white and give it another 24hrs to dry before I REupholster that seat.

Catherine

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where to find legs

Loooong day—busy on a project I’ll share next post,

“Hey Catherine~did you see that chair on the curb around the corner and the LEGS on it?”

What?  Where?

Yes~my A.D.D. sets in here. . .

curbie chair LEGS!

WoWza!  Yep.  I’m gonna HAVE TO touch that chair if I want those legs—Ugh.  The picture makes it look better than it was~trust me.

I stood there for a moment actually REthinking if I REALLY wanted them.

Dang it!  I forgot to bring my gloves, but I loaded it up.

NOW with some gloves on & the right tools—I pulled back the gross fabric and padding to reveal the structure and pried out the legs.  Which turned out to be better than the usual “just screwed in” kind!  These will be nicer to build solidly into something else down the line.  The heavy finish doesn’t show that they’re actually a nice wood, so I’ll probably strip them raw for a DO-over!

Yep—ya gotta look at that UGLY stuff too!

curbie chair LEGS!

Now  -I-  have to haul this monstrosity to OUR curb.

I guess the neighbors will all know who took the chair.  ; D

Catherine

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Craigslist--FREE!…you find a surprise FREE listing on Craigslist that’s TRULY interesting!

SHIELD-back chairs—and table.

The table –ehh– but how I love a shield-back chair!  And, well, that table does have some fun legs to use in a future project!

Free is always good, but is it truly—FREE?

In THIS instance, NO.

FREE means WORK.  LOTS of WORK.

All four chairs were SO loosey-goosey and with some open joints, that I just grabbed the appropriate tools and knocked each completely apart.  It took a good bit of time, but I REglued every. single. joint.

Those chairs are now really  S O L I D.                  from CL ad ↓

the FREE chairs--

repairing the FREE chairs--

repairing the FREE chairs--

I love the fleur de lis backs!

Fleur de lis Shield-back chairs!

I set the chairs aside giving them over night/24 hours to fully set up and dry, and moved on to stripping off the nasty, soiled, fur encrusted fabric from the seats.   -Just gross enough -I donned some gloves—eeeeewwwwww!

After stripping down the double layers of fabric, I beefed up the padding, then REcovered with a botanical print.  BUT- each seat has a different interpretation of the print!

*I toyed with sewing a box cushion and welting, but considering their REsale value—I couldn’t justify adding that much more work.  Oh well.

new fabric for the free SHIELD BACK CHAIRS &Table -CL-001

I took the easy way out and sprayed each chair with a soft white primer, sanded & sealed.  Period.  Time was running out to take them to the pop-up show and my Time-Materials-to-REsale was NOT adding up.  So much for “FREE.”

My "FREE" Craigslist shield-back chairs!. . . forgot to get some “after” pictures to show you the botanicals on the seats, sorry

but they were really pretty!

Trust me!   ; D

They didn’t sell during the show and I was bummed—

but Hip-Hip HooRaY!

A fellow vendor snatched ’em up before I could load them again.

Catherine

the free SHIELD BACK CHAIRS from Craigslist

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Marie's chair-My niece-i-l found this cool old chair thrifting!

My nephew hates it.

He has no vision.

And apparently neither did the chair.  

Have you ever worked on a project that fought you at every turn?

Me and this chair—we did not get along.  It seriously resisted change.

Marie sanded & REstained it, and came with it and some new fabric to get REupholstered Saturday night.

It all started with the chair being seriously ornery about just boosting it up on saw horses to work.  Then the staples kept shooting through the fabric.  Every angle was impossible to get into/at.  The velvet in the fabric kept throwing off the timing on my sewing machine while I was running welting.  AND I burnt my fingers a ‘cazillion times wrestling with and gluing the welting in place~arrrgh.

A simple enough job that should have taken an hour (maybe two)

finally finished Sunday afternoon.

Marie's chair-I’ve never been so happy to say

it’s finished!

Now leave me and go back home. . .

Catherine

Marie's chair-

Marie's chair-

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CL--hanging chairs!

So~ I found these on Craigslist a month ago and just couldn’t resist!

I thought they would be inCREDibly fun for two of my teenage nephews.

C’mon, this has GOT TO score big in the favorite auntie department~right?!

Sadly, they were in rougher condition than I was expecting so I needed to rethink how to actually tackle this project.  And since I was ultimately trying to surprise the boys with them -thankfully- they had no expectations to be let down by if this became a project-FAIL.  I had doubts.

I cut away all the unraveling and broken reed.  Then I used clamps to help pull things “back together” so I could glue and staple broken areas.  Since I could find no local source to buy new reed to REwrap and REsupport the critical connections~I came up with what I thought was a scathingly brilliant idea!  ; D

repairing the hanging chairs--

repairing the hanging chairs--

What if I REwrap the frames like a doctor wraps a broken arm?

A cast!

That might give it some stability!

Right?!

Y e a h—not quite.

Somehow…somehowI have escaped breaking a limb in my accident-prone, clutzy life.  I know—shocking.  Since I have NO 1st  hand knowledge about casts, I watched some Youtube videos to see how they do it (which looked easy).  And then Murphy’s Law butted in.

My plaster-gauze cast wasn’t very stable.  Do DR’s use industrial strength plaster?  So I regrouped and decided to use Gorilla Wood Glue and gauze.  Now a rock hard, stable finish- just rough. So I coated THAT with a generous coating of gesso to smooth it out and give it an extra binder.  Success!

Painting was the last task and I delivered them to the boys for Easter!

They love ’em!  Their mom loves ’em.  Their  d a d—not so much. But again, THEY do!

hanging chairs for the boys!Ah, yes. . . Luke lowered his chair so I could swing too!
The boys can raise & lower them, spin, swing—which they really liked!

Fav-Auntie Catherine

 


 

p.s.

In the 11th hour- I suddenly felt compelled to color Easter eggs.  Let’s just say, it looked like I used veggies to dye them.  I didn’t.  I have a really baaad head cold.  So to save my ugly eggs—I gave them faces!

This was my greeting opening the fridge Easter morn’.

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter—

saving my Easter egg fail!

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I’m working on several things at once, and hunting for potential projects—which has netted some interesting things!

a ReStore -desk- ??LIKE~a trip out of town to pick through the remains of a fallen barn, and a super cute small vintage suitcase on the trip back.

A -desk?- there’s evidence of another drawer or two?  From the ReStore. Maybe a dresser~don’t like the price,  YET.  I’m watching.

this just looks like fun for a pair of teenagers, right?!?A pair of hanging chairs! (a surprise for a pair of teenage nephews!~won’t this be FUN for them?!?)

A trophy-styled lamp and several lamp shades to get REvamped.

A standard 6ft bookcase for a new antique mall space, (more on that soon)

a few leads on some other potential projects,

                -AND-

a large armoire I chased off to Chicago for yesterday

for $1.99 + a tank of gas!

~can you believe??

Hotel Armoire GW $1.99

And looky here, looky here,

LOOKY HERE!

I’m already messin’ with it!  You see where I’m going~right?

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Hotel Armoire GW $1.99

Cabinet is huge~a beast!  So I put my nephew to work on it.   Cabinet, 6ft  vs  tall 14 yr old nephew!

I’ve got some stuff goin’ on!

Watch out!

    Catherine

Hotel Armoire GW $1.99

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The chairs at the breakfast table are really wearing out.  They were thrift store finds to begin that needed work—in 1999.

One was only $4, the other was a gift.

The breakfast area has a very ethereal feel to it. . .with all miss-matched pieces brought together by fabric and paint.

mom's breakfast area-

I’ve been watching for a couple of interesting replacement chairs    for a while now—and hoping for a matching pair this time around.

But LOOK WHAT I FOUND -but there was only ONE left—there were TWO, someone bought just one of them, dang it!  I presume because of the broken cane in the seat.  I negotiated $20.  I  LUV the super tall back!

Caned Chair from Diego's store $20

Well, first thing to do was -make sure it looked good at the table and with the banquett!   -Whew!

working on the new caned chair-

I painted the chair white.

I really couldn’t see the benefit in ripping out the cane, so I applied webbing right over the top -and decided to hot glue the cane and webbing together for extra strength.  Now you can sit in confidence!

Next, I grabbed some card stock paper to create a seat pattern.

Then I transferred the seat pattern to the grain sack I wanted to use.

* THE GRAIN SACK has a very special connection!  The farm my mother grew up on was eventually sold to distant cousins, who gave me one of their farm grain sacks on one of our yearly trips down to there—SO nice!

working on the new caned chair-

working on the new caned chair-

Thick Grain Sack can be very exhausting to cut, so I like to use the old electric scissors!

(Do they even sell these anymore?)

I cut banding strips too to sew a boxed seat cover.

~and I was off to the sewing machine…


Next I used batting and left over foam to give the seat a little extra cush’…

and finally I could apply the boxed cover…

working on the new caned chair-

working on the new caned chair-

The seat is a little shallow, but it’s wide and very comfortable!

working on the new caned chair-

I love the grain sack -and the personal connection to it- and I love the bespoke look and feel!  The other side of it, or, back side of it is in reserve for whatever 2nd chair I find.  As for the banquette—I’m hunting for some upholstery-grade linen (or if I’m lucky enough to find some HEMP), and I’ll REcover that as well!

The ceiling is in for a design change too- including chandelier, and a change to the back wall~but that’s a little down the pike!  Stay tuned. . .

Catherine

the new caned chair!

making some changes-

making changes-

I’m sharing this project with–

French Country Cottage

The Curator’s Collection

Savvy Southern Style

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