Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Blood, sweat, lots of swearing.

I didn't realize it had been so long since my last post. One minute it's March 4, the next it's March 20. Where does the time go?

Well, some of it goes into chairs. For me, it's chairs. If you follow me on the Twitter or the Instagrams, you will know that sometime in February I picked up these little fugs in my local junk shop.

Honestly, I immediately had buyer's remorse. While I had a vision for them, I just felt lazy, and also inexperienced in this kind of project, also my vision for them did not at all go with the other items in my apartment. But whatever. They were mine, and I was going to make the most out of them.

First, I spent about two days sanding, priming and painting these mofos.

Then I waited. Because I knew the fabric I wanted, but had to wait until I had the money to spare on that much fabric that could all go to waste in the event of DIY disaster. And then the time came, and I ordered this Century Butterfly fabric by Holli Zollinger from Spoonflower.

Then my spare room exploded.

Then my cat got hold of some welt cord.

Then I made my own piping and was so proud of myself.

I don't have a cord foot, so had to use a zipper foot.
And then this happened.

And then this (don't look too carefully because it's actually not finished).

And now I have to find the energy to do the other one.


  1. They ... well, IT ... looks great! I am in love with that fabric: really bold choice with the trad frames. And don't feel badly: it's taken you 16 days to reupholster one chair, but it's taken me 25 WEEKS to replace an exterior light fixture (that comes mostly assembled). So ... there's some perspective for you :)

    1. Thanks, April! I'm happy with the bold fabric choice, even if it is just about the boldest thing in our somewhat muted apartment! It was such an emotional journey to get the first one done (and my fingers are swiss-cheesed by pins) that it will take quite a push for me to tackle the second! Alas, it must be done!

  2. These are awesome! I am so impressed especially by the piping! Amazeballs!

    1. Thanks, dude. The piping was surprisingly easy, but is also shockingly imperfect if you were to look closely. Hopefully if you were looking closely you would be so distracted by some of the wonky seams that you wouldn't notice the imperfect piping.

      (PS Heliisa, I am currently reading The Sisters Brothers and it is, like, OMG awesome.)

  3. those look pretty damned stylish. much improved!

  4. They look amazing, I love the fabric. Great job! We have two chairs that need reupholstering but I can't find a fabric I love....

    1. Thanks! Have you tried Spoonflower for fabric? They have something for everybody!


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