Repurposing—The before; where we begin & go through the process of make
the dream reality.
Interpretation—Putting our own spin, in our own budget on the project of the
So begins our first foray into the repurposing of tired old pieces. With some love & time they can become what we dream of.
This all started because my daughter recently moved out. Empty nest = I have a new space to fill. I have been collecting masculine accessories for a very, long time. These include antique tools, fishing & hunting gear, and some given to me by my father that he used for years. Many of these items were his fathers’ and some belonged to my husbands’ “Pop”.
The room will have a sleeping porch vibe to it. Let’s say Ralph Lauren meets Ernest Hemingway in the Shasta area of Northern California, hmmm. I must give myself some space to let this evolve.
I am on a tight budget and will give the lowdown as I go.
This chair is a hot mess. Not just dated fabric, but all the legs are wobbly, and the back, well, it is just not very structured.
Inspiration--There are sooo many photos for inspiration, but I want to go basic on this chair. I want it old looking, neutral, and thick. I have thought about this for a while and came up with the perfect fabric. I was given a moving blanket and have held onto it because I just love the stitching and color.
Snap! That blanket came out of the dryer riddled with holes & stains but I can NOT give up on it. It is going on the chair. I want the chair to look old & this will be the perfect thing. Back to the chair… I fell in love with the chair all over again when I started pulling it apart. The first time was when I saw it at a garage sale and bought it for $15.
Somebody worked hard on this little slipper and my admiration is overwhelming. Looking closely, I took great joy in the materials used to reupholster this sweetie. Strips of Little Debbie Honey Bun boxes were used for tacking strips. I found duct tape, masking tape, burlap, a piece of JCPenney cardboard box supporting the back of the seat and 6 cents! What a find! I am crazy about the chair!
I removed the legs, as they were not tightened. I am leaving the back and seat fabrics on to help with the support. I cut out the cording to keep any awkward lines from showing through the work I do. I don’t generally pull a whole chair apart unless I really have to do it. The photos are too fun. Evidence of the way things were done before I got to it.
The cording I use will be made of drop cloth (I slip cover no less than a chair a week with drop cloth used as fabric). 6 ounces wt. washes up like a dream! Strips of fabric cut on the bias, covering a ½ “ cord. I will go through the process so you can learn some of the shortcuts.
Supplies include: Ace brand 3/8 staples, scissors, needle nose pliers, regular pliers, a needle, thread matching fabric and the attitude that this won’t take long to do. Even though it really will take twice as long I thought -- I am always prepared for that part of the process. Life just seems to get in the way of projects. Eating, phone calls, family, sleep…you know…life. See the photos to get a good idea how I got that crazy thing apart.