Wednesday, October 10, 2012

So Much Burlap~So Little Time...Old Chairs Made New Again

Seriously. Would anyone in their right mind tackle a project like this?
 



 

 

Looking back at the “sprung” springs I have to wonder if I actually was in my right mind at the time of taking on this challenge. Unfortunately, or maybe a better word would be “luckily”, the only thing worse I could show you is the real before photo (which I did not take!) so you could see the horrific velveteen fabric that once resided upon the chairs. It was almost as scary as the purely antique stuffing that was inside. So like a muddy child coming in from the puddles, the chairs were stripped of all but the bare necessities, which included adorable wood frames, remnants of burlap and the loose springs strewn this way and that.



Once down to bare bones, I was able to repair and recreate the lovely form previously sported by this pair of chairs. Springs were tied back in place; shape was renewed with foam, batting, burlap and straps.
 
 
 
 
 
Then carefully and cleverly, I placed coffee bag burlap over the cushioned areas and stapled in place.
 
 
 
 The decision I made at this point turned out to be the most gratifying of all, and enhanced the chairs with the touch of character that made them better than great.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 I left all the raw edges out and the staples exposed to give the chairs a bit of a robust chic quality. It was a look that was all me and would have fit into my diverse style of mis-matched and rugged d├ęcor quite effortlessly….but instead they made their way to mingle amongst the JunkFest merchandise and chose their new owners without hesitation.
 





This project, as time consuming and tricky as it was, turned out to be a labor or love. The chairs found a renewed and refreshed look instead of their demise at a landfill...who could ask for anything more! And in conclusion, I would like to thank the dear Lord, my husband, and even the academy for making my life easier though the ownership of air nailers and staplers. Without them, I would still be working on these creatures of chairs…
 
 

19 comments:

  1. Wow, those turned out amazing! I love how rejuvenated they are.

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  2. Those chairs were my absolute favorite pieces at JF this year! So glad you took the challenge...they turned out incredible!

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  3. OMG Missy these are awesome! I'd say that was one lucky buyer! Woohoo!

    -Andrea

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  4. They were FANTASTIC Missy! You did an incredible job transforming them!...and they set a cozy little scene at JunkFest!

    The funny part is...these chairs went to TWO different buyers. I saw it all go down: the tag on the right chair was quickly snatched... she tried to make her way over to the left chair and snag that one too...but someone had snuck in behind the left chair and quickly pulled that tag in victory. It was quite a showdown! I bet they are both thrilled with the chair they got...but i bet they each had plans for the pair of chairs to come home together.

    Just one more reason why we don't allow guns at the show! Ha Ha :)

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  5. Those chairs are beautiful - you did an amazing job!

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  6. PS ...Now following you, I'm your 1000th follower! :)

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  7. These are completely tooooo cooool love what you did!

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  8. A lot of hard work and they look amazing. Love them!
    Anne

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  9. I didn't think I would like the look when you mention raw edges, but I was very pleasantly surprised to see that I loved them - at least the way you did them!!

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  10. You did a fantastic job reupholstering these chairs. I love the way they turned out...very unique!

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  11. These are so wonderful!! Love their rustic elegance!

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  12. Wow you are some miracle worker. You must have alot of patience and vision to keep working on those chairs to completion. Love the way you did the arms. Perfection. I noticed one chair has a dark finish on the wood and the other a light finish. I'd so love to have one of those chairs. Love that style.
    I'll be subscribing. Can hardly wait to see what you do next. Found you thru the furniture Friday with Miss Mustard Seed.

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  13. Stopping in from Deja Vue Designs....and I think I just fell in LOVE....I'm officially your newest follower!!!
    Tammy!

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  14. Wow!!! I love those chairs! You've inspired me, I must try it. Although I guess I should save up for an air stapler first.... Seriously, they look awesome!

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  15. These chairs make me swoon! I just found you and am now following-I'd love you to visit and say hi :)
    Susan

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  16. They are wonderful! I wish one could have gone home with me *winks* Vanna

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  17. This is the coolest chair ever!! I just LOVE what you did with it!! Very Cool!!

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