Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Antique Chair Make Over

I had purchased this chair, along with an antique child's rocking chair off of craigslist a while back for practically nothing. I figured it would be a good practice piece, since I'm new at refinishing furniture.

I finished her off last week & I also got the chance to use my new nail/staple gun, that I purchased with a coupon for $14.99 at Harbor Freight, normally $34.99.
Valspar is giving out FREE paint samples & mine came about two weeks ago. I thought the chair would be a perfect chance to try the paint. Only one paint sample per make it a good one, or send one to three other people you know, like
See those hair line fractures? That's were my little one broke off the top piece. I had to do some miner surgery on her before painting : )
My son chose this blue/gray velvety fabric.

What the seat looked like before
All the springs had come un-done.

I had to glue this piece back together.
And, look what I found again, The roman numerals. Like HERE.

I was going to re-spring the seat, but I had NO idea were to start! So, the next best thing was make a new one out of 1/4" plywood.

Traced it out, and I cut it out along the in-side of the lines with the jig saw.

Made a little hole for this joint.
Nailed it together from the under side.
Filled in the negative space with Polyfill before laying the batting on top of the polyfill.

This is it laid up-side down.
Make sure your fabric lines up on either sides.

Don't mind my chipping nail polish!!

Nailed the fabric down and cut off the excess. I found a really good tutorial on reupholstering seat cushions at Natty by Design

~ Desiree ~
Linking to:

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  1. oooh the deat looks awesome! love the fabric you used and the color! and thefinish on the chair is awesome- your closeup photos show how beautiful it is.

  2. This turned out beautiful! I love the colors and the details!

  3. Turned out great! I love that fabric!!

  4. It's beautiful and that fabric is perfect!

  5. you did a great job!! it....I'm working on one this week...(i hope)...thanks for sharing and happy weekend..
    Mariaelena Ullinger

  6. I love the colors you chose! Turned out beautiful. This post would be a great addition to my blog party "from trash to treasure" I'd love it if you joined in!


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