We have the best family and friends who support what we do.
We’ve mentioned this before and it’s so true. Our uncle is one of them and a few months ago he found us this amazing chair. Yep, our Uncle Eddie. 🙂
These before pics don’t do the chair justice.
The detailing in the wood is gorgeous. The vinyl upholstery? Hideous!
While shopping one day I came across a beautiful yellow and white fabric with a pretty damask pattern. I felt it was suited for this style of chair.
I decided to leave the wood as is; it’s aged and original. There is beauty in wood, even if it is aged. Our, mine and Kathy’s, decision to not paint something comes from a feeling we get about the piece of furniture. We tend to agree on matters like this. So I simply cleaned the wood and applied some tung oil to brighten up the wood again and add a layer of protection.
The process began by taking a lot of pictures, a visual template to help me put it all back together once I started taking it apart.
The vinyl upholstery worked perfect for a template to cut out the new fabric.
I had many upholstery nails and tacks to remove. I used a flat screwdriver and needle nose pliers for the job.
I was left with a pile of these, and pain in my fingers. Ouch.
Once all the vinyl was removed, the original batting remained. I then applied some additional batting.
Using the templates (vinyl pieces) to cut out my new pieces of fabric, I started to upholster, paying extra attention to the fabric to center the pattern as best as possible. Next step was to start stapling the fabric onto the chair. The before pictures I took were a great reference for reupholstering the chair.
Once all the stretching, tucking and stapling was done, I needed to decide on a treatment to cover up all the seams and staples. Kathy and I both agreed on upholstery trim which I applied with a hot glue gun. New upholstery tacks would have been great, but I’ll save that learning curve, and my fingers, for a simpler project.
The chair now has an opposing dynamic: dark rich tone of the wood against the spring-like brightness of the fabric.
I think it works!
Kathy asked me about the style of this chair. Unfortunately there are no markings on the chair to help identify the style or manufacturer.
I felt it was a Captain’s style chair and it may be, but I’ve decided to call it “The Queen Bee Chair”.
It’s fit for a queen, wouldn’t you agree?
Thanks, Tio Eddie!
Damask Pattern Upholstered Armchair $135 – contact us if interested!
Happy Salvaging! -Karen