Monday, December 3, 2012

'Chair'-ity

Help me out here, will ya?

The chairs.  THE chairs.  You know the ones - they almost started a rumble between Matt and I when I spotted them on the side of the road?  Yeah! THOSE CHAIRS.  Well, I didn't want to invest a ton of cash into them(did you know it would have been well over $700 to have them professionally reupholstered?!), and lately I am loving the look of canvas in homes, so I decided to go out on a limb and try to reupholster them with drop cloths (drops cloths are really just huge pieces of 8oz. canvas).  I know.  That is weird, but I can be a little weird.  And I thought it would be fun and casual and very Miss Mustard Seed.

So - I started reupholstering them.  HOLY CANNOLI YOU GUYS.  I think the best way to describe it is something that I muttered to Matt on the first night that I started...

"It is like a present that just gets worse and worse as you unwrap it"
There are a whole lot of layers to a wingback chair - and these were SO dusty.  My allergies were just out of control while I was taking them apart.  Also - PLY-GRIP.  Do you know what ply-grip is?  It's a scary strip of metal that has teeth that will tear your fingertips APART.  It took me about two nights to get them stripped down to my starting point for reupholstery, and since then it has been going okay.  My problem is the wrinkles. 

No, not the ones on my face - although I am not a huge fan of those either now that you mention it. 

There are some wrinkly type folds on the chair - which believe it or not was sort of the look I was going for - but now that it is actually staring me in the face, I am having a lot of second thoughts. 

So let's get to a pic, shall we?  I sort of posted two last week in the 'things you do' post and in the Christmas tree post, I wondered if anyone would pick up on it, but no one did! Also - as you will see in the picture below - I REALLY need to update our living room tour - it is very different now.
Okay, so there they are side by side - and please know - the seat cushion is NOT recovered yet - just stripped.  Haha - I'm not THAT bad! I have just not gotten around to sewing the seat cover yet. 

Here is another picture, without the pink chair to distract...
...ignore the wrestling children - I have given up trying to take pictures without them in it. 

I am torn.  I half really like how the canvas relaxes the very formal chairs, but my inner OCD  is telling me that the wrinkles are not okay (canvas really does not have enough give in it to make the curves it needs to make on the 'wings').  I do love how the light canvas lightens up a very dark room though, and I like the idea of being able to throw fun pillows on them and let the pillows really strut their stuff instead of having a bold print on the chair that I might not like in a year or two.  

Thoughts?  Keep plugging along?  Start over?  Burn them?

*Also - as a side note - a lot of you have asked if I have considered painting them instead, and while I think that can be a great option with a fantastic looking outcome, it just wouldn't have worked for these.  The original fabric was torn/worn through on several places on each chair, and the fabric itself was oddly textured.  But - THANK YOU for sending me the links!!

**Also also - can we talk about how awful my title was?  'Chair'-ity?  What the what?

5 comments:

  1. I love them! Even if they have a few wrinkles or imperfections, they are cute and cozy, and the price is right for a house with two little boys. :) I'm so impressed with what you've done--I bought a wingback settee a few years ago off Craigslist and tried to slipcover it, but the whole project was such a disaster that I decided to re-sell it on Craiglist. I even made $10 on the project. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Kelsey! Ya - I figured that the boys would probably at some point do SOMETHING to them, so I just couldn't put much money into something that will need to be redone at some point!!

      Hey - for $10 it was worth it! Haha. I knew that there was NO way I would be able to figure out a slipcover for these, I am SO not good at sewing.

      Delete
  2. I really love the look of them! The texture looks amazing and so does the color. BUT if they are already wrinkly and not holding shape well then it's only going to get worse, so it maybe better to try something else. :\

    ReplyDelete
  3. If it's cotton canvas, you could try spritzing the fabric with water when you are putting it on. It will allow it to stretch/give a little, then shrink back up a little when it dries... To the chair that is completed, you could try steaming the fabric and pushing it in to place.

    ReplyDelete
  4. If it's cotton canvas, you could try spritzing the fabric with water when you are putting it on. It will allow it to stretch/give a little, then shrink back up a little when it dries... To the chair that is completed, you could try steaming the fabric and pushing it in to place.

    ReplyDelete

You might also like:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...