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make me pretty – let’s try upholstery!

July 15, 2010

Lately I have been thinking about a new challenge for myself – upholstery! I can do the basic stuff but I wanted to try something a little more complicated. I know I am just asking for trouble because upholstery involves sewing and that is not something I am very good at but I just can’t resist.

A couple of weeks ago I spotted this chair at a yard sale. For 10 bucks it seemed like the perfect beginner piece.

I don’t know if I would have looked twice at this chair if I didn’t have this specific project in mind but on closer examination it has some really nice carved details, it’s solid wood and it even has the tag still stapled underneath. It says C. C. Holden 1969 – cool!

So I got to work taking the chair apart and I learned my first lesson – this thing has hundreds of staples in it. It took me hours to pull them all out!

I know they make a special tool for removing staples, I might have to invest in one if I decide to do another project like this. But my mini screw driver and needle nose plyers did a pretty good job.

First I removed all of the trim making sure to save every piece to use as a pattern for my new cushion.

Them I removed the ten billion staples holding the fabric down.

When I was finally ready to pull off the fabric I found a layer of fluffy white padding, a sheet of foam and then the springs.

I made a little trip to the fabric store to get some supplies and decided to prime the chair to put off sewing a little longer.

Next week I will get to painting – with a new technique from the fabulous Martha Stewart so stay tuned.

One more thing, I have to share this picture with you. To say jasper loves his pug frankie is an understatement. Check out this snuggle!

Have any advice for me? Please leave a comment – I need all the help I can get!

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