Friday, December 13, 2013

My French chair is finished!

I finished the French chair today and I am so pleased with it!! I decided not to sell it though, not because I necessarily wanted it for myself, that was never my intent........seriously! This was my first project of this kind and I don't trust my upholstery skills just yet. Besides, after I got it all finished I was reading another blogger who does this for a living and watched her tutorial on how to upholster chairs like this and she recommended that I get a staple gun specifically for reupholstering furniture................really? I do have a nice electric staple gun that my husband bought me a couple of years ago, but apparently it's not strong enough to push the staples in far enough for it to hold securely. I did try to use it but the end where the staples come out didn't fit the tight spot where I needed to staple the fabric on this chair, so I muscled it and used a manual stapler.

I am pretty happy with my first attempt. It wasn't hard..........just awkward where I needed to staple the fabric on, there was only a about 1/4" lip that I needed to hit. And I had to put my body weight on it to push the staples in far enough to hold....I hope. I will let you know if the staples start popping! The easiest part was hot gluing the trim on, but you have to be careful when you cut it, it ravels really easy and you have to stick it in the hot glue to keep it together.

Anyway, now I have a nice new chair, I don't know where it's going yet but I guess I'll have to figure something out!

The "after" picture



This is what it looked like before I got my hands on it











18 comments:

  1. It is gorgeous, Rhonda! Love, love. love it!

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  2. Nicely done. Pretty!
    Anne

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  3. So pretty! The fabric it absolutely charming!

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  4. It certainly LOOKS good. If you are like me, you can always find a place to work in a little French chair! I broke down and bought an upholstery staple gun a few years ago. Mine does not require a compressor -- you just plug it in. It does a really good job as it has a sharp "nose" to get into those tight places.

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  5. You did an amazing job. If this was your first attempt you are already a pro. I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you so much for choosing my chair to feature on your Winter Blues Wednesday party! I will be dropping by!

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  7. Rhonda it turned out perfect. I love your fabric choices. Thanx for partying at THT!

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  8. Thank you Pam, thanks for hosting the party for us to share our treasures!

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  9. I love it--the fabric you choose looks really pretty!

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  10. Wow, what a transformation. No wonder you decided to keep it!

    If you have a minute to spare I'd be thrilled if you could link up your post to my weekly Say G'Day Saturday party. It has just started and this would be a great addition.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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    1. I am so sorry, I just read your comment! Do you have your Linky party every week? I can link my chair next week! Thank you for the compliment!

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  11. Quite lovely - love the color and the fabric you chose. Upholstery is one of those skills you can jump right into and learn as you go. I gather up remnants whenever I can for projects I might have to figure out before wasting really expensive fabric. Came over from Thrifty Life Thursday.

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    1. Thank you Donna, yes, I made some slipcovers for a couple of wing backs using all these fabrics. Since this was my first upholstery job like this I didn't want to buy fabric just in case:) but I am pretty proud of my first attempt:)

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  12. Amazing first attempt!!! It's beautiful. Thanks for sharing this at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday Linky Party!

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    1. Thank you Revi! I'm looking for another one to redo, when I do you can be sure I will share that one too:)

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