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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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“.

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

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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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