Sunday, June 3, 2012

new project...

Hi all, hope you had a fabulous weekend!
This little gem has been in our garage since I picked it up last August.
Don't judge, it was going to be my practice piece and blue velvet disgusting-ness and
everything underneath was getting trashed.

But, when I cut the fabric off the bottom yesterday I found this...
a broken spring that was not worth repairing.
TIP: If you're the type to stop and pick up FREE items you might want to check
them over.

This is how I imagined the little gem all finished... :(
Gramercy Wingback Chair
Pottery Barn
Not to worry I have plenty more projects, I quickly switched gears and was ready
to re-upholster the dining room chairs. I had decided to keep two of these side chairs to use at the ends, the arm chairs never fit well because of the apron on table. I'm planning to get rid of
 the channeling on the back and the rolled top.
 I love the look of using two coordinating fabrics in the mix some way, so that will be part of
the plan, so let's get moving...

I have the bottom fabric off, and interior is in excellent condition, so I'm planning to re-use it.
 I enlisted the help of mr. simple after I'd been removing staples for an hour and a half.
  After 20 minutes of this...
he said, "Why don't you take these to the upholsterer?"
I replied, "Because I have a diy blog!"
"But I'm sure they wouldn't be too disappointed!"  :)
I was still anxious to get to the 'roll' and see what we had to work with.

I'm thinking they can cut the back half of the rounded portion off.
Any other ideas?? If it were removed all together the height of the chair would be
about 39" vs 41" if we left it intact.
A peek at the chairs.

The style I'm thinking of for the remaining four chairs would be something similar to
these, allowing both patterns to be visible.
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The search is on for fabric and I haven't bought anything from Criagslist for awhile,
 I'll be checking there for chairs.
Wish me luck! 


Unknown said...

Oh I have the same blue velvet chair but mine is in mint condition you can check it out here in my post

And we cant wait to see your new fabric

Unknown said...

Love the direction here Pam. Mr. Simple has the right idea about hiring an upholsterer! DIY is often about the vision, not necessarily the execution and you have plenty of vision girl. That's why we come here...!

Holly Gruszka said...

Yes, I'd hire away too. I would give you big props for tackling that yourself, but the upholsterer will whip that out in no time for you. The staples make my hands hurt just looking at them. I can't wait to see what fabric you find. And, is it true? You and Cathy get to meet in person this summer?! How fabulous! Take lots of photos :) hope you had a great weekend!

Cassie Bustamante said...

if i could afford it i would hire out upholstery.... but i have never tried it, so that's not saying much! ;)

Unknown said...

Wow, great ideas! I think I'd remove that roll piece of wood altogether.. what have you got to lose- you're already into it! I love the look of 2 end chairs and the others different. Good luck. Keep us updated! Your dining room is beautiful.
xo Nancy

Taylor Greenwalt said...

If my husband said take it to the upholster, I would drop everything and run to have them done. I love your idea, but I would keep the roll. It gives it more character.Cant wait to see them when your done.

Dana Frieling said...

Like where you're headed! Even though you're a DIYer, it's okay to call in the troops at times. I'd do it in a heartbeat!

Anonymous said...

If you remember, I was just a tiny bit skeptical when you mentioned in an earlir post that you were going to reappolster these chairs yourself. Now that I see them torn apart, I think the chairs would still be a good height if you pryed off the top scroll. Can you do that yourself? If so, I can actually see you doing this. You are a good seamstress and these have pretty straight lines. I reappolstered two chairs but it was a long time ago. Pam, I'll be here to encourage you if you decide to tackle them on your own.

Meredith and the New Yorkie said...

Pam, Gwyneth and I just love your vision with the 2 different fabrics! We know that they'll look amazing if you DIY them or if you get them done professionally! We always think your DIY projects are professional pieces, so we've got total faith in you and can't wait to see what you come back with!

mk & Gwynnie

Mary Ann Pickett said...

This project would terrify me....BEST OF LUCK AND I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Leslie said...

OMG..Okay, no judgement here :) Pam, I have no doubt that this will be no less than perfection by the time you are finished!


Alexa said...

Ah bummer about the chair! Would have been cute!

Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

What a great project! The beauty is that if you mess up you have 5 other chairs to practice on! Ha I think you could cut off the back scroll part and keep the chair tall. If the upholstery part goes well, maybe you could cut off the entire scroll on the other 4 chairs so they are a different height and use them for the side chairs. You could add a handle on the back or top of the chair too! Good luck! I'm sure they will be beautiful when you are finished!

Michelle {Jarrah Jungle} said...

That cracked me up - I have to diy I have a diy blog. So true, I felt the same about the poo brown chairs I'd kept for years in the hope that I would get around to recovering them one day and making them beautiful. My partner told me to just buy a new feature chair and sell these ones - which I did! Your chairs look beatiful .. are you sure you didnt get them professionally done? Joking! Love the fabric, they're stunning.

Lori said...

Good !luck. Pam. You are brave!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Good luck with the project. I'm trying to get motivated to tackle a pair of chairs myself. You go first!

Anonymous said...

My husband's career was with a very high end furniture company and this advice is from him: the spring you said was broken would be an easy and cheap repair by your upholsterer and you could finish the job yourself if you wished. You did not show the interior of the chair, but the top rail on your dining chair probably should not be removed since it likely helps support the side rails. Think of it all as a 'system'. You certainly don't want to compromise the integrity of your chair just for a design change. It will be interesting to see how it goes. You're more brave than I am.

Sew a Fine Seam said...

Can you buy a new spring for the blue chair? It seems like you could surely salvage it somehow!! Your dining room chairs are going to be great!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

I hope your search for this type of side chairs is better than mine! I looked forever, and finally went with the tufted ones from Overstock instead. I really like where you're headed here! I agree, either cut the back of the roll off or remove the piece. I like the extra height, though, for the end chairs. Whatever you do, it's going to be great. Thanks for the inspiration to get moving on mine again. Maybe we need to have a race to see who can get theirs done first! :)

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