faux friend is new again

July 13, 2010 at 4:52 am 7 comments

BEFORE

I picked this vinyl chair up in the clearance center of Goodwill for $2 a couple of years ago because it had this wonderful chrome base and an appealing shape to the chair.  It was in dire need of reupholstering, but I kept putting it off because I never felt my upholstery skills were up to honoring the complex, clean shape of the chair.  Upon starting this blog, I was reinvigorated to try to tackle my little chair.

I found an inspiring scarlet-sketch print at Walmart for $1.50/yd.  I began to pull and coax the fabric around the chair back.  The only way I could maintain the clean lines of the original upholstery was to sew the cover to custom fit the back.  But, I knew I would be disappointed with the results if I attempted that–too many places for imperfection.  So I conceded to do a no-sew project that would have to incorporate exposed upholstery nails somewhere.  Once I accepted that fact, the covering went quickly.

I used all the existing foam supplemented with some thin quilter’s batting.  I used an electric staple gun to anchor everything and tidied up the arm area using small dome shaped chrome upholstery tacks anchored by the dainty blow of an upholstery hammer (If you don’t own one, get one–they are fun).  The fabric has a good tooth to it, so I sealed the whole chair (especially parts that will be exposed to a lot of handling) with a water-resistant stain guard.  I was apprehensive about the upholstery looking amateur, but I’m pleased with the results.  ~Sean

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Donna Anderson  |  July 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Love it. So classy looking. Is it a keeper for home or does it go on the for sale rack!

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  • 2. gadgetronica  |  July 13, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Most likely send it off to consignment…

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  • 3. haru  |  July 14, 2010 at 4:29 am

    Wow!!! I’m so happy that you gave this chair a second chance. Your re-upholstery effort paid off as I’m sure someone will be thrilled to have this super cool chair in their home.
    How much time did you put into this project?

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  • 4. gadgetronica  |  July 14, 2010 at 4:53 am

    It took me two leisurely days to do the upholstery. So it wasn’t a big time investment at all. But, that chair has been taking up emotional space for two years! LoL!

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  • 5. haru  |  July 14, 2010 at 5:24 am

    What’s next on your “furniture to-do” list?

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  • 6. dreamingarts  |  July 14, 2010 at 5:48 am

    I’m working on some candle holders. They are done, I’m just trying to decide what color candle o put in them! 🙂 And, I think I’ve finally decided what I’m going to do with the legless vanity. I’ve been meditating on it while I sand it each evening. It’s pretty out-there, so I’m going to keep it under wraps until it’ complete. It could go horribly wrong. I can always repaint it, right?! After that, I think I’ve caught up with the lingering projects! Then, we could tackle the now infamous mine+yours coffee table!

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