This weekend I finished a cute chair for a client. I mentioned the chair in this post about Bar Keepers Friend. The frame cleaned up beautifully! There are still a couple of imperfections in the metal, but it looks so much better!
Here’s the before…
And the chair frame after cleaning…
Now that the frame is sparkling, I started working on the chair seats. There were three layers of vinyl on them. It’s always tedious to take the old fabric off and to remove the staples. But its a necessary evil to make the chair look like new. After removing the fabric and old padding, I sprayed the wood with a deodorizer and let it air out on my balcony. Luckily, we’re having a very mild November here in Halifax. So being able to work outside is great! What a change from last fall! I think I was in hibernation mode this time last year.
Reupholstering the chair was pretty basic. I used a few layers of batting as the new padding and stapled on the new fabric. I used upholstery tacks to cover up the staples on the back of the chair. Before attaching the seats to the frame, I marked out the spots where the screws would go in. I then snipped through the fabric and batting to make it easier to put the screws in.
Here’s the final result!!
I love the result. And even better, my client was over joyed with the chair. The polka dot fabric was the perfect choice. I hope the chair will continue to be a treasured hand-me-down for years to come.
No matter how many pieces of furniture I work on, I am in awe what some paint or new fabric can do. Sometimes I hear a song when I look at the final piece. Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t she lovely!” comes to mind, especially for this chair. So sweet!
This chair is one of my favourites!