Tuesday, November 13, 2012

That Chair - A Makeover Drama

Good lord. This project almost ended badly. VERY BADLY.

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When I saw this chair at my local auction house I was desperate. I really wanted her and I knew exactly what I wanted to do. It was not this.

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Orange tapestry. Unfortunately the budget didn't stretch to all 6, so I bid on and won two. (Remind me to tell you about the day my husband saw that their reserve had been reduced to $0, but forgot to tell me).

I wanted bold. Dramatic. A bit fun. But then trying to re-upholster her was a nightmare. First up I used glue that stained the fabric. Then I cut my fabric the wrong size. Then there were my children... I take responsibility, I did after all give them food. What was I thinking!

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But we got there eventually! I know she's not to everyone's taste but I love her just the same. I love having something that has so much character... I can't decide whether to have her in the main bedroom, and design around her, or use her in the spare room / craft room. Wherever she goes, I'm sure she'll be the centre of attention!

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Her mate is still in the garage awaiting her fate. I'm thinking I'll go the total opposite with her and go white or very pale grey and neutral fabric. My tastes are a little eclectic!

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So, what about you - do you have something that's bold and dramatic at your place? How do you work it in to your home?

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  1. oh WOW! i love the bold drama! love it!!!!!!!! and what a road to get there, but totally worth it.

  2. I love it! I am a bit eclectic too! I think it would be fun to do one in bright florals!

  3. Looks fab!! The next one will be a breeze you know ;)

  4. Gorgeous! Love it, definitely worth designing around it.

  5. I totally love this chair. If you had painted the frame navy blue I would be so tempted! (My house is all patriotic) You did an awesome job keeping the stripes nicely straight, too. I would think that was a bit difficult.

  6. Oh it is gorgeous! You have great vision! Thanks for sharing

  7. This chair really grabbed my attention. It is absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing. Patti
    Old Things New Blog

  8. Center of attention - TOTALLY! I love it. :)

  9. Now this is my kind of chair! Love it!

  10. Love it! Great job! Be sure to check out my blog for a $20 Kroger gift card giveaway I am currently housing. http://www.marriedfilingjointly.blogspot.com

  11. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!!
    --Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

  12. Wonderful!! I like the bold take on it and a great job on the upholstery...

  13. Wow! I never would have picked this combination, but I LOVE it. So bold and pretty. Nice job!

  14. WOW, WOW, WOW! I'm in love! This feeds my stripe obsession!

  15. I love the bold stripes. Look beautiful. I'm your newest follower. Come check out my blog when you have a second at http://sister-number-5.blogspot.com

  16. It's lovely! And I love that it's bold. :) I'd love for you to come link up at my Show & Tell party. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2012/11/show-and-tell-2.html

  17. im impressed and inspired!....i have a similar chair that im too scared to tackle...but now maybe...just maybe??
    Allison x

  18. Great result, just lovely, what a transformation! x Tina

  19. I was get a new husband if I were you......;O)
    Awesome makeover. It looks really tricky.
    Tania xx

  20. Wow - That is stunning. A real statement piece.


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