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Monday, January 3, 2011

Makeover Monday~ A Curvy Chair

I have a new chair. Oh my goodness does it have nice curves. I want to keep her but alas she’ll be heading to California soon to strut her stuff in the Metis Linens booth at the Long Beach flea market.
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She began as an unloved disaster on Craigslist. But I saw her potential.
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The chair had good lines and sat well. It was just covered in horrendously old green velvet and was a bit banged up.
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So, I took her apart. Saving each piece to use as a pattern.
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It got ugly. I quit counting the staples I removed at around 8,534.
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She was then sanded, primed and painted. A piece of lovely antique Metis linen was selected for her upholstery.
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A single welt adorns her edges.
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Nice legs.
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I’ve topped it with a pillow made from an antique sampler. I imagine that a young girl spent hours stitching the flowers in a first attempt at embroidery. If you look closely, you can see that the top line of the flowers are up side down. Charming. It too will be for sale.
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Secretly I want to price the chair at $5,000 so she won’t leave me. But I really have no room for her.
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Next week I will show you her sweetly similar sister. What are you making over in the new year?
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Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwww! You made her BEAUTIFUL!!! Loveeeeeee it! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful job, Laura! I love the lines and the back is so great.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Laura, The chair is wonderful and what a transformation. I haven't started reupholstery my chair yet and seeing all those staples makes me hesitant.

Jo said...

So pretty! the "new" look.


Bloggymom said...

Beautiful chair-- love the color of the fabric.

Pat said...

Beautiful transformation, Laura.

I would love to do one of the chairs in our living room. I've thought about it a long time. Not too sure of my skills, for something like this.

ImagiMeri said...

Hi Laura,

I hope your holidays were tremendous. How did your daughter like her shadowbox? It was so nice to have met you, and I hope now that the holiday rush is over, maybe a few of us AZ bloggers can get together to play, eat, chat, etc.

Keep in touch, and keep an eye out for my spring shadowboxes, which will be debuting soon, and wink wink, there will be some more deer!


Karena said...

Laura this is a great example of why I so admire friends like you!!

It is gorgeous!!

Art by Karena

Vicki said...

Great re-do on the chair. I love the blues in your January layout - very pretty!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Jaw dropped. Is there no end to your talents Laura? I want my husband to learn to reupholster for my endless ideas. I can't even cut a straight line so I know I'd be hopeless. Can't wait to see the other one. I think I'm going to revamp a few things here at our place - including myself.

AshTreeCottage said...

You did a great job Laura! That sweet chair will be snapped up in no time. I am redoing my entire cottage bit by bit this year. I really feel like making some changes!

Susan and Bentley


Very nice!!! I see those chairs and think I should try to redo one. Since my word for this year is "DO"...I'll do it! Need to find a chair first :)

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

She looks right at home where you have her! Very pretty....

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You did such a wonderful job on the chair. It is stunning. Love the little pillow also, how sweet is that. Hope you are having a super day. Hugs, Marty

The Boston Lady said...

I love this Laura. I almost love the pillow more than the chair! I have lots of re-dos this year and I can't wait because Mr. T gave me an electric sander for Christmas! I've never had one, but now I'm going to go crazy!!! Ann

French said...

Looks Great!! Can't wait to see the next pretty chair...

The Pennington Point said...

She gooooorgeous! You should definitely price her at $5,000. :) Lisa~

Shelia said...

Whistle - whistle! Oh, how pretty your chair turned out, Laura! You did a wonderful job and with the little touch of the pillow - keep it!! :)
Happy New year and be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lisa said...

What a transformation! And such a versatile piece...she would look great ANYWHERE!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

The only thing I am making over is ME, and I hope I come out as good as that chair, LOL! Beautiful job!

Monica@The White Bench said...

Really gorgeous, Laura! You upholstered it to perfection!
I wish you all the best for a joyous, peaceful New Year filled with all the beautiful things your little heart desires!
Monica xo.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Gorgeous!! WHAT a transformation!

Can't wait to see Sis!

Lou Cinda

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh my Laura, what a vision you had and accomplished! She turned out beautifully! Oh, I would have such a hard time parting with that beauty. laurie

cityfarmer said...

I'm making over my blog ... lol

next issue of Romantic Homes ...Feb

sorry about your
I guess they were right!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Gorgeous chair! I featured your blue ticking chair in my post today.

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

So beautiful!!! Why don't I ever find stuff like that at the flea market?? Maybe I need to find a cooler flea market? :)

Miss Sandy said...

Lovely little lass, I can see why you want to keep her!

As to what I am making over in the new year? My house, we knocked out a wall this weekend, hope to have the opening finished out this coming weekend and then it is me and a paint brush, the two rooms that now open to each other do not match, so, paint, paint, and more paint!

I got you lovely ecard, thank you so much, so sweet! I hope you get to enjoy a little down time soon.

My Cottage Charm said...

Laura, I REALLY think I'd have a hard time parting with her...she's lovely! My hubby bought me four new chairs for the Louis style, with the oval backs. I have to re-upholster them because they fabric doesn't go with my kitchen, but I'm toying with the idea of painting them a lovely creamy color as well. (right now, they're a dark espresso color, which is torn!) I'm doing them in a soft green chenille and maybe a coordinating color (or stripe) on the backs. many choices! lol
Have a great day

Between Blue and Yellow said...

So lovely! I hope I find a chair like this soon I would love to do something like you did. Great choice with the linen fabric!

Stephanie said...

I may have to steal this idea. Lovin' it!

Serendipity Chic Design said...

This is so elegant and I am loving the transformation. It went from boring and drab to light and airy...

Take care,

Artichoke Alley said...

Classy and elegant, now! Beautiful job!

Nicole @ Black Cab Designs said...

Love your choices. It looks so much more classic and fresh now. Great Job!

Its So Very Cheri said...

I love the chair Laura.

How is school going?

I am visiting from the CSI project. I am numbers 86,87,88, and 89.

Cheri from and

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

You are so smart. From time to time I see these chairs on CL, I will have to get one for myself.

lvroftiques said...

She looks beautiful! And after all those staples you deserve 5k *winks* Vanna

...............Michele @ Portlandia Vintage said...

I am inspired! I would love to see how you attached the new fabric and made the welt. Please include next time!

Restoration House said...

Beautiful! And I know about all those staples!lol
She is lovely~