December 11, 2014 by Terry
My twin boys’ hockey team is hosting a tournament this weekend. Each parent was asked to donate an item to be raffled off on our raffle table. This was the perfect opportunity for me to show a bit of my skill and drive some interest for what I love to do.
I decided that this little antique barrel back chair would be a fun project to share.
I believe this chair used to have a cane back before someone turned her pink. Whoever turned her pink did a beautiful job with the upholstery but got lazy when it came to removing the caning. They took a sharp blade and just cut around the arms leaving sharp little pieces poking out. It took a while to fix this and smooth everything out.
Once the chair was stripped down to just the frame, I painted it with milk paint in the color typewriter. When it was dry I sanded it smooth until some of the original finish to showed through allowing subtle highlighting of the detail in the legs. After some wax and buffing, it was time to dress it.
I chose a printed burlap for this project. The black letters tie in nicely with the black frame of the chair and add some visual interest, while the burlap gives it some texture. It also gives a bit of a relaxed feel to what used to be a fancy looking chair. This chair can now go in any room of the house, not just in a fancy sitting room.
This chair would also look great in an entryway welcoming guests… a perfect place to sit and tie your shoes…
Instead of piping I used some really pretty hemp twine braided in a herringbone/fishtail pattern. I found this in the Christmas wrap section at Home Sense and couldn’t resist it as it was so unique looking. It turned out to be perfect detailing for this sweet chair.
For the seat I used some Jute in a weaved pattern. Originally it was covered up with more fabric but I liked the way it looked just left raw and decided to leave it… It gives it more character and a bit of the “deconstructed” look that I love.
After the back and seat were done I sewed a new cushion cover. I did use the old foam cushion rather than replace it, I find that if you steam the foam it revives it and puffs it back up into it’s original thickness and shape. It doesn’t always work depending on how squished it is but most of the time it does. This can save you a tonne of money when reupholstering something as foam can be very expensive…especially good quality foam.
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Smiles for a great weekend!
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