Today, I wish I was telling you about how awesome John Giddy was at the Home Show…but as I frequently say, “Life Happened” and I was unable to go. You see, mom duties supersede everything else, especially when little bit has a fever and dad is off on his next business trip. So, instead of taking in what I’m sure were wonderfully practical decorating tips, I did laundry and cleaned up a bit.
The most exciting part of my weekend (if you can believe it) was my upholstery class on Friday. It had been 2 weeks since the last class, and in that time my job was to continue to strip down the chair, make repairs and paint. I forgot to take a picture when I was done. That’s probably because I was so DONE looking at that thing! I did my best to repair the arm and tighten everything else up. I had to keep telling myself…It was only $10!! Glad I didn’t pay a penny more! Take my advice, when you are in love with a piece that is broken, you need to pay like pennies for it because you will be in for a lot of work if you are not a skilled craftsman!
Remember the inspiration chair that I posted last time? Well, that’s not my inspiration anymore. Big surprise!! Instead, I’ve been inspired by something else….VELVET!
I ordered this from Fabric.com and am still waiting for it arrive. I hope it is as lovely as a sample that I saw at Calico corners. I am a bit hesitant because I didn’t order a sample (shame on me), but at $11/yd. I wasn’t taking a huge risk. Plus, the stuff at Calico was $25/yd. and I gave myself strict instructions NOT to pay that much (on the $10 sad armed chair)!!
I decided to go this direction because I ultimately wanted a solid colored chair. I deal with lots of fabric in my office and I didn’t want to get dizzy with too much pattern. Also, because my desk is stainless steel (IKEA) I wanted to paint the arms of the chair with this.
I spray painted the chair with gray primer first. Then, it took 2 light coats of the metallic silver and turned out pretty well despite me trying to spray paint in my garage in 35 degree weather.
And for the finishing touch I bought some of these for some fun detailing…These were ordered from Online Fabric Store and cost about $4 for 100. Seemed pretty cheap to me and the quality is really nice.
So, here’s how I’ve progressed on my chair…
Here’s me working on the webbing. Easiest step thus far. And here’s how far I got at the end of class.
Webbing and burlap done! Now for all the comfy layers of foam and whatever else Shelly tells me to stuff in there. More progress to come…Stay tuned!