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Friday, November 23, 2012

The Big Ugly Chair project


 I am trying out my first experience with upholstery. This is a big ugly chair that was purchased for 100.00 about 8 years ago. We needed something rococo-esque for the 18th century pieces I was painting.  The fabric was this awful polyester brocade, which only  made the bright gold leaf more gaudy.  I am using a piece of antique French linen to re-cover the piece.The tools are a tack hammer, tack puller, tacks, and some vintage cotton tape trim.
 Here is a finished panel, it is very hard work, and one understands the expense of  having something re-upholstered. There were tacks on every panel before-except they were not spaced, but neck to neck. It took many hours to remove them and some blisters to boot.

The back of the chair with the burlap "guts" and exposed woodwork.
Here is a chair from Restoration Hardware's Deconstructed line that borrows from this stage of uphostery:
My chair will be finished on all sides, however. 

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