Thursday, April 5, 2012

Straw's Cheaper, Grass is Free

Reupholster a chair? Sure, why not!? No, I've never actually reupholstered a chair before. How hard could it be? Hard. Very hard. It took me a couple weeks, and a lot of swearing. But I did it. And I think I could do it again too!
I've had this chair for a long long long time. I made a cover for it a few years back, but that was getting a little rough too. Besides that, everybody hates the chair. It's saggy and very uncomfortable. So, it was either haul it to the curb or fix it. For some reason this chair speaks to me. Not sure why, it's just a plain ole' chair, but I've always loved it, so I just had to fix it.
 Remember in my last post I mentioned my mom is here? Well, I get brave when she is around, so we ripped all the fabric off and discovered the reason the chair was so saggy is because it's all springs and half of those springs had come untied. Something else we discovered is that the "stuffing" was STRAW! Yuck!
Most of the burlap and STRAW fell apart and dissintigrated in our hands once the fabric was off. All I could think was "please don't let there be any mice living in this straw!" Yuck! After ripping EVERYTHING (including the springs) off the chair...............
We started the reconstruction. I opted for plywood and foam cushions instead of springs, mainly because I don't know how to tie springs and I didn't want to pay someone else to do it! I know some of you are screaming that I've ruined the authenticity or the integrity of the chair, or something along those lines. But, I figure it's better than the dumpster. I didn't take any during pictures of the upholstery phase. But I do have the after.......

I love her even more now.........
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  1. Wow. Love the houndstooth. It is fabulous.

  2. Wow! Great job and I love your fabric! Are you going to tell us how you did it? I have a simple chair that I've thought of redoing but I'm a scaredy cat;-)

  3. Awe, great job, but would totally love to know how you got the remake to look so perfect. Um, tutorial, please :)