deconstructed chair progress

Marian ParsonsFavorite Finds, Furniture Makeovers, upholstery

Sorry I was a little late getting the online sale up and running tonight!  I will be switching to another shopping cart that will allow me to schedule events, so that doesn’t happen.  Anyway, just hang in there as we’re going through a blog redesign and other updates to make things run faster, smoother, and look even prettier!

Anyway, the sale is live now and I have listed the latest antiques as well as some more German brushes, fly swatter, hemp sheets, European linens, etc.  Lots of goodies.

So, remember this “deconstructed chair” I wrote about a little white ago?  Okay, a looong while ago?


Well, Kriste and I have been chipping away at it here and there, but I made some real progress on it today.  I had been at my desk, painting, sketching, writing, and creating, and my eyes were starting to cross, so I needed to shift gears.


I decided to upholster the inside of the chair in an antique French linen sheet that I purchased a couple of years ago off Etsy.  It had my initials on it and I just couldn’t resist.  I haven’t had the nerve to cut it up, but this felt like the right time, the right piece for it.


Now, my nice “break” from eye-crossing-tasks turned into a frustrating wrestling match with fabric.  I tell you, I was sweating! I was trying to get a layer of burlap, old horse hair stuffing,  muslin, cotton batting,  cotton twill fabric (as a lining), and finally the linen sheet, all lined up properly and stapled securely into place.

And it was no easy task.

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And, even though I used the old fabric as a template and everything looked good prior to stapling, clearly, the piping seams are off!  I’ve done backs in three sections before and I’ve never had that happen.  I don’t know how things went so awry!

I know perfectionists everywhere are itchy just looking at it.  Just relax.  It’s going to be fine.


This is a piece that is already riddled with imperfections…a slightly rickety arm, an old linen sheet with seams and repairs, and some staining from age…and it’s beautiful none-the-less.  I also know from experience that every upholstered piece looks better once the cushion is in the place…


And I’ll have a pillow in the chair that will further disguise the uneven seams.  Since this chair is for me, I am totally cool with that.

Aaaand this is why I don’t do upholstery for clients.   I know my imperfection tolerance level (yes, that’s a thing) and I don’t know theirs.

The back isn’t attached, yet, because I need to do the decking first, and that will neaten things up as well.  Anyway, I know it’s going to be amazing.

On a side note, Sebastian did not like upholstery work.  Well, to be more specific, he didn’t like the chugging of the compressor and pop of the pneumatic staple gun.  I kept talking to him in soft sing-song tones to soothe and assure him, but he waited by the door until I was done with that scary, noisy nonsense.


While I’m on the subject of old linen, I wanted to share these gorgeous blue and white embroidered linens that I recently got in from my supplier in Europe.


I have several panels of fabric and I can’t wait for the right project to come along for them.  They would make amazing curtains, pillows, or upholstery for another pair of “French twins“.


They’ll be waiting in the fabric stash until that then…


PS – I’ll be presenting twice at the Sage Farm Antique Show in New Hampshire on Saturday, October 8, 2016.  I’ll be speaking about “Decorating on a Budget” at 11:30 am and the “Starting & Running a Creative Business” at 3:30 pm.  I’m really excited about both topics and I hope you’re able to stop by if you’re in the neighborhood!

I’ll also be visiting Signature Finishes in Grafton, MA on Monday morning at 10:00 am and hope to meet lots of lovely ladies with amazing Bah-ston accents while I’m there!  Stop on in, if you can (accent or no).

deconstructed chair progress

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