Friday, February 4, 2011

From lumpy-bottom to love-chair


Ooo, would you look what came in our front gate!



NO, don't take it inside, bring it here, lets have a look...
Here's one way to solve a sagging spring problem, use 50 or so screws and attach a sheet of ply. Then the springs have no where to go but up which is unfortunately contraindicated to putting your bum down.



 




















I call this a frustrating, dust-filled tedious task, Katie, the Stripper, calls it a meditation on layering, a scrutiny of the previous upholsterer's skill (or lack thereof), an appreciation of design and construction and a bonding/getting to know you time for caretaker and forlorn object.





On special occasions, the nanna rug comes out in the kitchen-table/final-touches workshop. Featured on the left is the miracle of a beeswax glow on some lovely grain and here, on your right, we have the almost completed tacking touches. We used that lovely fabric again, the 'Grand Hearts' in Kimono Red by Umbrella Prints. It seems to make people smile. As we pulled up outside the Salvation Army store to deliver the chair to Elissa's shop Evoke, on Carrington St, Lismore, we were offered a home to deliver the chair to and were asked if we were donating it to the Salvos. It made it to Evoke through the pedestrian obstacle course of 3 people (its a busy town) and below is a couple of pics that Elissa took and featured on her blog here. Hearts in the heart of Lismore :-)


13 comments:

Mel Robson said...

You just make sure you keep some of that material aside for MY chair ok! I'm working on it. xo

Pru Morrison said...

Woow it's really beautiful.would they be hand chizelled coasters screwed into the bottom of her two front feet like chair horse-shoes, they're lovely!

Caryl said...

Wow..I have these exact chairs waiting for inspiration to strike. I now have it! How did you take the arms off without ruining them??

flourish and blume said...

Caryl, the arms on these just screwed off, simple as that! We've had chair arms that are attached from the inside of the chair so it has to be stripped first. Good luck! That's one cute little fella you got there!

inspirationfordecor said...

LOVE the new chairs. The nail head detailing is just perfect!

Ann@StylishOnceAgain said...

What a transformation! You truly had to have vision to see what that chair could become.

meta said...

This is so inspiring! Could you let me know how much fabric you need to upholster the chair? I am eye-ing a fabric sold in the USA (I live in Switzerland), so need to know how much I should import :)
Thanks in advance!

Samantha (everythingiheart.blogspot.com) said...

Ah! I just LOVE this!!

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

this chair is adorable and i would love to feature it on my blog for
Valentines day, please let me know if this would be ok with you..
Lauren

Jacqueline said...

I love the chair!!! So much fun and nicely done. I need to get a chair to reupholster.

Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said...

AMAZING!
I would love for you to share it over at my party tonight. I love the color! Great job!

Loren Crane said...

I am a new follower and I hope you follow me too and link up this beautiful chair on my link party!

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