the chair


Is DONE!  
I finished it last night in upholstery class, and I am so glad I stuck with my crappy little mold chair.
It is really comfortable and has amazing lower back support 
(just sprained my back last week so I notice that stuff at the moment).


So here is was before...
 and the horror show during...
haven't picked anything up off the curb since.
 and after it was stripped and bleached to the moon...
 it underwent major gluing and traction...
 and slowly became a chair again.
I really thought this class would make for a great tutorial, but here is the deal...
This upholstery class was geared toward your specific chair.
The instructor went around to each person and told you what you needed to do at each step.
There were ottomans, benches, club chairs- and everyone was doing something different.
This also took me 8 classes that were 3 hours each. 

I am going to try to sort through all my photos 
to make up a basic tips/ techniques post though.
I learned some great tricks I can share.
 If this is something you wanted to REALLY master I suggest taking a class.
I took mine in Boston/ Jamaica Plain at the Eliot School and had Paul Devito Jr. and his son Paul as instructors.  They know their shit.
The hardest part for me was actually the drive.  I just wish it was closer.
It took me 1 1/2 hours to get there due to the fact that I was going through Boston at rush hour. Then when I left there always was a Red Sox's or Bruin's game letting out as I drove home- so I endured road rage and created new swear words.
But despite that, I am glad I did this.
At the moment my little chair is in my sunroom with freshly painted minty legs.
My children are not allowed near the chair.
I'm ScotchGuarding it today.


If you have any questions shoot them over.  
I will be working on the How To post next, so I can focus it on any area you need.
I also still have 2 classes left, 
so up next and I am bringing a cushion to class so I can learn how to make a proper cushion cover WITH welt and a zipper. 
(2 things I always leave off because I am a lazy step-skipper)

Can it be I am actually learning a lesson in patience?
Ahhh, yes grasshopper.  

I'm off to plop my bum in a chair.

34 comments:

Cocktails at 6 said...

Your chair turned out beautifully - job well done!
This makes me even more determined to find a good upholstery class in Atlanta. Thanks for your inspiration!

My Interior Life said...

It looks amazing, Danika! Seriously, you should be so proud. I would get road rage too. I wish there was a class here I could take. I can't sew however, so that might hinder my ability to make seat cushions. Yes, I have taken a sewing class here and there but nothing ever sticks and I can't sew a straight line. Kinda sad.

Brenna McCarthy said...

Girl, this chair looks amazing! You have filled me with the itch to DIY - I don't think I have the skills to reupholster a chair, but props to you for pulling it off so well!

xx, Bubbly in Brooklyn

Lizzie @ PrettyCityThings said...

Totally worth the effort - it is gorgeous! Love the fabrics you picks and you did a great job on it. I want one!

Elyse | Peonies and Brass said...

Ah-freaking-mazing!! I love this so much and am looking up an upholstery class stat!

Ashley said...

So, so, so worth the effort. Your chair is just amazing. And the fabric you chose is cheery--the perfect choice for a sunroom. Congrats on a job well done!

Bryant Park Designs said...

This is soooo incredible! I am contemplating taking that class at the Elliot School too!! So glad to see the result! You did an awesome job and I love the fabric you choose! One question - will you do it again?!? :) Becky

LindsB said...

LOVEEEE is an understatement! This chair looks out of this world amazing, you did one hell of a job!!

pam {simple details} said...

WOW!! I'm totally impressed and that fabric choice is to die for!

April said...

Wow! I'm blown away by this beautiful chair! What is this gorgeous fabric? I've never seen it before! You have an amazing eye - I would have never had the vision that the "before" could truly turn into that "after" shot!

Unknown said...

WOW!!!

WHAT A GREAT LOOKING CHAIR. PLEASE SEND YOUR CARD FOR SPECIAL ORDERS.
I WANT ONE OF THESE!!
BILLIE

christy biel said...

I love it! Well done! Please tell us more about that fabric!

The Sterling Cherub said...

Holy cow, it looks amazing! I am in awe of you proceeding with it after opening it up and finding the horror show/science experiment on the inside. I'd still be running down the street screaming, so you have my complete respect! I love the whimsical color and fabric choices you made. That coral velvet (?) fabric is scrumptious, and that fan fabric on the front is seriously to die for. Adore the painted legs. All in all, it's very impressive, you did an amazing job bringing back to life something that most people would've put in the burn pile. Kudos!

Best,

Kimberly

patti said...

Wow! I'm so glad you decided to stick with it! That chair is awesome!

Sharon@house58blog.com said...

Holy friggin' crap! That is stunning!!!!!!! I LOVE the fabric, it is such an incredible compliment to the style of the chair. Amazing job, Danika!

Laura said...

It looks great! I was thinking of taking an upholstery class at the Eliot school too. I am wondering though, there seems to be a beginner class where they have everyone make an ottoman. Do you think its worth to spend the money and take both? Or do you think just jumping into the one you took would be fine?
Thanks so much! So nice to find great blogs in the Boston area!

lemondropdreams said...

So, so , so so so good!!! Love the fabric, must get me some of that! I feel your back pain, threw mine out 2 weeks ago....worst pain I ever felt. Felel better....love the chair, great work... So glad you didn't throw it out!!

Sadie + Stella said...

Please share the fabric source! I am beyond obsessed!

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Rita from Design Megillah said...

Soooo pretty! Great job!

Kim said...

The patience game is a tough one, I am still learning. Your Chair is a perfect example of taking your time and doing it right! It is truly beautiful! xo

Flournoyfrance said...

YOU ARE A GENIUS...FANTASTIC...

Diana Crasta Interiors said...

What a lovely sight after all the hard work...loved it...!!

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Dee said...

Wow what an amazing job on your chair! You must be so happy you followed through and didn't give up!

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Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

Fantastic! So glad to see the great finished project. You should be so proud, it really is stellar. Beautiful fabric and craftsmanship! good job! Have a great weekend.
xo Nancy

Kimberly Lemmon said...

Oh dear. We have the same fabric at my local fabric store and I have been dying to use it somewhere. Love the chair/fabric combo. You on fire.

mrs. V | Chez V said...

Amazing. Great fabric/paint combos. Can't wait for more in depth info. My hubs is the upholsterer and he doesn't share his tips, he just does them so I don't learn!

jackbenson03 said...

Thank you so much! I adore your blog & all of your projects!!! You made my day:).

Linenqueen said...

YES, I need your instructions on upholstry. Bought a nice little Louis the 15th arm chair at an estate sale. Lady had already started a new seat and back but they probably hauled he off to the loony bin if she had to face what you had to face. Anyway, I'm ready to get started whenever you get you tips onto your blog.

Love your little chair.
Ann

Linenqueen said...

YES, I need your instructions on upholstry. Bought a nice little Louis the 15th arm chair at an estate sale. Lady had already started a new seat and back but they probably hauled he off to the loony bin if she had to face what you had to face. Anyway, I'm ready to get started whenever you get you tips onto your blog.

Love your little chair.
Ann

Sandi M said...

It's an amazing chair now Danika. I think it was worth your long drive.

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