Monday, January 02, 2012

Welcome 2012

I am happy to be starting in a new year. For me it is a time to regroup, renew and reorganize. 2011 was a very busy year for our family and I felt like I didn’t have the time I wanted to spend on my blog. I began scripting a blog post many times and then scrapped for another time. This year with all the baggage that goes with finishing grad school out of the way, new grand magnificent safely here (and doing spectacularly),  I have no excuses.

In the last post I mentioned a few projects were completed but because they were gifts, I had to wait until after the holidays to share. This is one of those projects. If you have ever re-upholstered furniture, you know where I’m going with this; reupholstery can take quite a bit of time. 

The client did not want the wood repainted and after it was complete the color was perfect with her chosen fabric.

Before photos

Isn’t the detail of the woodwork lovely?

When I removed the double welting, I found hundreds (maybe thousands, I didn’t count) of upholstery tacks. This chair had 9 separate sections, each carefully tacked every 1/4 inch. IMG_1038
After I was about three quarters of the way finished removing the tacks, I learned of a very handy tool. For less than $5 I could have saved so much time and agony to my hands. Oh how I wish I’d had one in the beginning but, I have one for the next project for sure.tack remover

A few of the after photos.IMG_1114

The client was very, very happy with the finished project and I was as well. I learned a great many lessons with this project which will come in handy the next time.  A few words of advice before saying yes to a job, ask to take a look under the hood (or in this case, under the top layer). You will have a much better idea of the time required. Double welt cord requires a lot of time to sew, so be sure to figure extra time if your project requires this type of cording.

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  1. This chair looks are so talented and i look forward to seeing more in the future!!

  2. Thank you, this was a great project. My only regret is that I didn't find the chair first.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Wow! The chair turned out beautifully Cath! I'm so impressed. I can't even imagine how one goes about upholstering!! I'm sure your client was thrilled!


  4. It was for her daughter who absolutely loves to read so this is a perfect spot for her to get lost in a book.

    Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.

  5. beautiful job on this chair! Ohhh, I wouldn't take on such a project! hahaha


  6. The chair had such potential I couldn't say no.

    Thank you for your kind words Gail and for stopping by.

  7. What a difference. It is like a whole new chair. I love the colors in the blue chair it is so bright and welcoming.

  8. The fabric was purchased by the client without my being there which I was a bit nervous about. She made a great choice for this chair for sure.

    Thank you for stopping by.

  9. Wow! Turned out just gorgeous. I've pulled those tacks before and can relate to your discomfort. Will note that tool!

  10. Oh - this is so beautiful. I think you did a fantastic job - it's perfect!!


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