Chair refresh. 

A month ago I was asked if I could reupholster some chairs for a new client. The dining set was her grandmother’s and 100 years old.  She had the chairs reupholstered years ago but it was time for a refresh.

The chairs were going to look awesome with new fabric.  I was looking forward to redoing the chairs.   I picked up the chair seats and had planned on working on them a couple days later.  It was going to be a storm day,  which is a perfect day for reupholstering!  Unfortunately, I started getting sick with a chest infection and was useless for a couple weeks.

So fast forward two weeks and another storm day. (We’ve had a few!!)  I was able to tear off the old fabric and start on reupholstering.  The biggest part of the job was to remove the two layers of fabric and lots of staples and nails.

 

Underneath the fabric, the old padding was in good shape.  The padding was still cushy and wasn’t damaged by liquids.   I covered the seats with two layers of batting.

 

My client found some beautiful teal fabric for a great price.   When I finished the seats I couldn’t wait to reunite them with the frames.  I loved the result and my client and her family did too!

Love this before and after!

It was a simple redo and I got to meet a nice family!  I’m so happy to have been able to refresh her grandmother’s dining set.  A treasure for sure!

Laurena

Classic polka.

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…

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And the chair frame after cleaning…

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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!!

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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!

Laurena

Finally, Eastlake Chairs are finished!

So it has been 4 months since I posted these two Eastlake chairs were ‘in progress.’

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 Obviously I got a little side-tracked.  I blame it on the two month labour disruption and trying to catch up on sleep.

The sad thing is, I knew what I wanted to do with the chairs but I just didn’t get around to starting.  I love reupholstering chairs and benches but tearing off the old fabric just made me avoid starting.  And for good reason!  The chairs may have looked clean, but the fabric was old and brittle.  A million orange fibers floated in the air after I stripped the chairs.  And for some reason, the chair backs had the thin plasticy foam in between the fabric layers. The kind you’d use for wrapping glassware.  It was and odd upholstery material…

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Strange eh?

Finally, the chairs are ready for the fun part, painting!!

Chair redo

For those of you who are screaming “Why are you painting these?!!!”  The wood may look nice in the pictures, but they’re scratched and have dents in the frame.  I wanted the chairs to have a nice finish so I filled in the dents and sanded down the scratches.

When I bought the Fusion paint for my coffee table, I also bought pints of Casement and Colour Block.  I painted the chairs first with Colour Block, to make sure the final colour had nice coverage.  I painted them 3 coats of Casement, which is a beautiful pure white.  Perfect update for the chairs.

Here are the painted chairs.  In retrospect I should have done two coats of Colour Block before painting with Casement.  In order to get the white without the wood showing through, I had to paint a few coats of Casement.

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As for fabric I chose the one below along with a neutral fabric for the chair front, both from Fabric.com.  And I used gimp trim to hide all the staples.  As usual I burnt myself with the glue gun.  A regular event and tradition when I use the hot glue gun. Ugh!

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Half way there….

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I attempted to add a tufting accent on the chair from.  It was fun to do, but I still need to perfect it.  Maybe next time on an ottoman.   Here are my supplies….wine is essential.

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Here’s the after!!  I think it turned out well.  The reason I didn’t use the patterned fabric on the chair front, is so it wasn’t too ‘busy’ looking.  I think with the neutral fabric tones down the red/pattern.  I hope someone will like them!  And the chairs will find a new home. 🙂

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Laurena

Small Bench Makeover

I recently bought a few items from a guy emptying out his grandmother’s house.  He had a lot of stuff and he told me ‘Feel free to take what you want!’  I negotiated a good price and took home 2 dining chairs, nesting tables, a side table and a small bench.   My Corolla was packed…it’s amazing what I can get into that car!

I love seeing the potential in a piece of furniture. The small bench was well made and real wood.  It had a few scratches on it, an uncomfortable, ugly seat and it had ‘old house smell.’  At first I was going to paint it….but then I changed my mind. That happens a lot throughout the planning stages of  furniture refinishing!!  I had a cute floral fabric that would look great with a natural, wood base.

I sanded down the base and stained it in Special Walnut, sealing with hemp oil.   For the seat I added new foam and recovered it in the floral fabric.

Here’s the before:

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And the after :

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I just love the wood with the colourful fabric.  I’m happy I chose not to paint. Sometimes paint enhances a piece, especially if there are details and carvings in the wood.  But other times when the piece is made of good wood, simple is better.

Thanks for stopping by!  Til next time!
Laurena

English country to Paris chic.

Every now and then, I vow to stay away from Kijiji and avoid buying more furniture.  I keep telling myself, “You have enough furniture to work on!”  or “You should save money for some new clothes!” But it happens every time, I last a day or two…then I get bored.  I go on Kijiji, “just to look” and I see something that’s calling for a redo!

That’s what happened the day I found this bench.  The bench had a few things going for it, great legs, a flip top with storage and was sturdy.  But the wood was scratched up and looked tired.  It also had an English country motif on top.  Not my style, for sure….but look at those legs!

I love a nice, curvy leg. 😉

small storage bench before @ Pivot~Paint~Create

small storage bench before  @ Pivot~Paint~Create

small storage bench before @ Pivot~Paint~Create

small storage bench before  @ Pivot~Paint~Create

At first I wasn’t sure if I should paint it or sand the wood and restain it.  After I started sanding, I noticed the base of the bench was made out of poor quality wood.  It wouldn’t take the stain the same as the legs and it would look odd.  I decided to paint it black and distress it, to hide any imperfections.  I used my go-to black, Lamp Black from General Finishes and sealed with polycrylic (this one from Varathane).

For fabric, I used this french script print.  I had removed the heavy chain, and replaced it with a piece of gimp trim to keep the top from flipping over.

Here she is!  Less country, more chic.

small storage bench after  @ Pivot~Paint~Create

small storage bench after  @ Pivot~Paint~Create

small storage bench after @ Pivot~Paint~Create

And another shot of those legs!

small storage bench after  @ Pivot~Paint~Create

I just love the finished bench.  It amazes me how paint can change a piece of furniture.  Within an hour of posting this on my Facebook page, it sold!   A good friend (and repeat customer!) will soon have this charmer in their home!

I can’t say it enough, I love my friends and family!  They have supported me through this furniture adventure and keep me going with their kind words.

Thanks for stopping in!

Until next time,

Laurena



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Ooo La La! French chair makeover.

The past couple of months, I was trying to avoid buying furniture to redo.  I have a few pieces waiting to be refinished in my workshop.  BUT after seeing this chair, I couldn’t pass on it.  My friend saw it on kijiji, sent me the link…and I was smitten. Looking at the before picture, it needed some work.  I knew it would be a fun chair to work on.

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At first, I had planned on changing the wood colour, but after the first coat of the darker stain, I didn’t like it.  I’m not one to paint wood just because it’s dated looking.  I think a little change in stain colour can do wonders.  But not in this case.  The carvings in the wood and the shape of the chair wasn’t being shown off like it could.  So I grabbed a can of ASCP Paris Grey and started painting.  I’m happy I changed my mind.  I applied a couple of coats of Paris Grey and then waxed with clear wax and dark wax.  Since I changed my mind on keeping the wood, I also had to rethink my fabric choice.  Luckily I had some fabric in stock that would go perfect with the painted chair.  I chose a whimiscal suzani print with grey, citron, and blue.  And finished with ivory gimp trim.

I just love how the chair turned out!  Another piece sold…that I almost kept myself.  I’m happy to see the chair go to a good home.  🙂

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Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time!

Laurena

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Rags to Riches: Bench redo

Hey there!  Its been awhile since my last post.  The past month has been a tough one after a loss of a family member.   Needless to say, I didn’t have a chance to work on furniture or the blog.  But, the past week I was able to finish some projects.  A few of you probably would agree…working on furniture is very therapeutic!  Nothing beats picking up a paint brush (or staple gun) and changing something ugly into something pretty!

One of the projects I finished was a bench.  It was a nice piece, neat X-shaped legs.  But it didn’t scream “Sit on me!”  I didn’t want to just paint it and call it finished.  So I refinished the wood and upholstered the seat.  I love how it turned out.  The fabric is from Fabric.com.

Before:

bench before @ Pivot~Paint~Create

bench before @ Pivot~Paint~Create

After:

Striped bench @ Pivot~Paint~Create

Striped bench @ Pivot~Paint~Create

My Mom loved the finished bench…so she bought it!  My favorite customer!

After dropping my old laptop I was scared I lost all my pictures…but luckily I have a tech savvy friend!  She was able to recover everything!  She also had a good laugh at how smashed up the laptop was. (I told her…”it went boom!”)  So once I load the pictures onto my new laptop I will share some other finished pieces! 🙂

‘Til next time!

Laurena