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{thrift store chair: update}

February 3, 2011


Here is the status of my thrift store chair I shared with you over a week ago.

The bottom seat is finally recovered but not without a few glitches along the way. 


I had the whole seat recovered and then I watched some very useful videos sent to me by:



Marriah said...

It looks like you might have already started on your chair, but I've recently taken on my own chair re-upholstery project. I have deconstructed it to find broken old springs in the seat. In my search to find replacement springs, I found this website with wonderful supplies that seem to be very competitive price-wise. The gem though is the links to the youtube videos of the owner (45 years in the upholstery business)of each step in the process -- i think 13 videos in all. Here's the link: http://www.diyupholsterysupply.com/how-to-upholster-chair.html 
Good luck!

After watching the first 2 videos {very informative} I realized - I forgot to put a layer of Dacron {batting} between the foam and the fabric! 

So out went all the staples and I cut a piece of batting that I went out to buy, layered it under my fabric piece and stapled it back on.

Much better!
The batting gives the fabric a way smoother finish, a step not to be missed.
Now onto the back piece, that will be really tricky. 

My dilemma: 
I would like to finish the bottom off with some nail heads, should I just use a few like this photo? 

Or run nailhead trim along the whole bottom edge?

Don't forget you have until Sunday to enter my giveaway for a $45 gift certificate to CSN!

20 comments:

  1. it looks great!...i vote for just a few...subtle. have a great day!

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  2. Oh I LOVE the black and white stripe- looks perfect on those chairs- I'd do the nailheads like the picture- just around the legs.
    Can't wait to see them finished!!

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  3. Oh my goodness...your chair looks amazing!!! You've done a fabulous job! Kind of funny, but I just finished a little stripy chair makeover myself :) I had somehow missed your last chair post....and now I see you got your fabric from IKEA. I love it!

    See you on saturday? :)

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  4. Great link, thanks!

    And for the tacks, you can always start out with inserting them like the old chair and then keep adding more til you like the look.

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  5. It's looking great! I love the idea of just a few nailheads like your example pic, but either way will look great! :)

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  6. Looking great, I love the black and white, and I think nailhead trim just around the legs would look the best!

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  7. Is there anything you can't do Barbara? Love the fabric and I am going to be different and say do the nailhead along the bottom edge - more impactful and would follow the line of the stripe.

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  8. Go all the way, Baby! (with the nail heads, that is). You are doing this project in a VERY professional manner. I admire you.
    Mary ann

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  9. I'm a nailhead nut so I would go all the way!! Makes more of a statement. The chair is coming along great:)

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  10. Nailhead all the way I say!
    Love your chair.
    Angex

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  11. You did such a great job! It's looks really professional. I adore nail heads,I'm all for a whole strip along the bottom!

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  12. Awesome! Don't you hate having to go backwards on your work, so frustrating. Thanks for sharing the link though. I say all the way with the trim.
    Carol

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  13. So glad Maya introduced your blog to me...Love the peony painting! and that striped fabric on your chair. I'll be watching for more of your projects... (Oh, and I am following your blog)
    Jane (artfully graced)

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  14. Wow, you are sooo pro Barbara! This seat looks awesome, and I LOVE that you placed the stripes horizontally on it. It is looking amazing!!
    Nancy xo

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  15. Oh, half say all the way , the other half say just a little bit of railheads - what to do???

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  16. What a great after. I am all about anything that has a black and white stripe. Anything.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  17. What a great after. I am all about anything that has a black and white stripe. Anything.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  18. Looks great!
    I had the identical chair years ago it was purple velvet! It would be so in right now!
    Pamela :)

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