Sunday, January 7, 2018

How to turn a retro office chair into a headturner!!!!!

So I never really know what I'm going to do with a chair when I buy it...
I bought this retro vinyl office chair at a yard sale
It was in good shape except for a couple of tears in the seat vinyl.

 The top and arms, and back, were all in excellent shape.
 I decided to paint the wood frame. 
I used a color called Turkish Tile.
Next, I added some batting to the seat.
And decided to use this incredible fabric sample
from Schumacher for the seat.
It was just enough to cover the seat and front..
And I used a coordinating cheetah print for the sides and back.
I actually stapled/glued the fabric to the vinyl. 
Then used nail heads
along the edges.
Then I decided to paint the arms and chair front/back.
 Here it is wet...
 When it dries, it's obvious that it will need more coats!
After this dries,
I'll do two more coats, allowing each coat to dry in between.
Here it is after the three coats and waxing.
Looks like leather.
 Lightly sanding between the coats makes it really smooth..
 Here it is all aglow in my booth at The Lazy Daisy in Short Pump.
I made a little pillow with the same cheetah print.
I love it.
$199 and it can be yours!

SheShe, The Home Magician
Sheila Fox

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Another Scraphappy Chair using a Linen Teatowel

My client, Lori, loves my crazy connoctions..........
She's purchased several chairs from me..........

And when she was last at my home to pick up her most recent chair,
I pointed out this recent acquistion..............
Great lines and very solid.

So she decided she'd like me to redo this for her..
And here's a rug with the colors she wants to use.
First step was removing some of the upholstery, 
all the tacks, and painting the frame.
Then waxing.
And distressing all the edges.

And now the fun begins.....
Playing around with fabric remnants I have on hand:
She liked the appliques I had done on a previous chair, 
but these are feeling forced...
I continued to experiment,
and sent photos of various combinations...

So I used the bird image from this Australian tea towel, 
I sewed and cut around the bird,
then washed it to ravel the raw edges.
Then I trimmed the frayed edges, 
and sewed it to this linen fabric
for the chair front.
A moroccan remnant is being used for the seat
after plumping it up with batting.
...and I'm using this fabric with medallions for the arms.
And this navy and white for the back.
Wilma approved...
Trimming out all the fabric after stapling the edges...

Finishing touches: gimp and nail heads.
It looks great!
She loved it...
And so do I!
I love clients that are willing to mix it up!!!!!!!!
Here you see how perfectly it goes with the rug.

That was fun!
Thanks, Lori!

Have a chair you want "funned up?"

Heck, I can do that!

SheShe, The Home Magician
Sheila Fox

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy New Year! More Eclectic Reupholstery Makeovers!

Wow, after months and MONTHS,
of not being able to upload my photos,
Capitol Mac comes through again.

I apologize for the hiatus.
It really is an on-going battle to grasp the technical aspects of life
when you're over 10......
I'm doing my best.....

2017 was a busy and action packed year.
I look back on all the furniture makeovers and inventory that I have had and sold
(and have traveled through my house!)
and it completely blows my mind.
I'm a mini-factory!!!!!!!!

So here, at long last,
 is another round of eclectic reupholstery projects I thought you might enjoy:
I'll show you how they started,
and how they looked after my makeover.

Nasty old chair and ottoman.
AFTER: Chair
After totally gutting and rebuilding,
I used old drapes and a duvet cover to reupholster.
I LOVE the curved front/back of this piece.
And the curve of the arms.
BEFORE: Ottoman
After a rebuild from the springs up,
I used a pillowcase topper on this one.
BEFORE: Trashed small table

AFTER: A petite upholstered bench.
I used a cotton rug remnant to reupholster.

Wilma has claimed it.

AFTER: Two ottomans
that I PROMISE you'll never see anywhere else.

BEFORE: Traditional Queen Anne chair

In progress: off with that nasty fabric and ready to paint.
I used a small rug to upholster the back.
BEFORE: Two victorian parlor chairs.
AFTER: I modernized these antiques by adding faux bois fabric.
BEFORE: Square coffee table.
AFTER: Yummy upholstered ottoman.

BEFORE: Pair of highback chairs.

AFTER: I love these...I went a little cookoo...
striped quilted ticking for seats...
matelasse for fronts..
...little bunny appliques...
...button trim
An pockets on the back!
BEFORE: Coffee table from alley.

AFTER: I reupholstered and used to stage
a window seat in a home.
Then it went to my booth.
After awhile,
I recovered and it sold immediately.
BEFORE: Traditional chair
AFTER: Funked up with graphite black and white.

BEFORE: Client wanted to fun up this parsons chair.
AFTER: I did.
BEFORE: Nasty old chaise
I went girly..
BEFORE: Another victorian chair
BEFORE: Craigslist purchase
AFTER: Sweet and cottagey
BEFORE: Vintage slipper chair
AFTER: Reupholstered in vintage fabric scraps.

BEFORE: Thrift store Ikea plastic table.
In progress: I upholstered the top with some Target
cotton tie dyed style drapes...
AFTER: Then made a soft boxpleated ruffle
and added some funky tassle trim.
Another Wilma favorite.
BEFORE: Vintage gooseneck rocker.
AFTER: Fun and bright.
(Love the back!)
BEFORE: Pedestrian set of barstools
AFTER: Schumacher fabric samples make them
truly one-of-a-kind!
AFTER: Even basic wooden barstools can be dolled up.
Here I painted, gold tipped the legs, 
and upholstered the wooden seats with
foam and this faux fur.
BEFORE: A deconstructed chair purchase...
AFTER: So lovely.
Here's the back.
I love the detail in the wood frame.
BEFORE: Thrift store find.
AFTER: Makes a perfect pair!
Here they are in my booth at Greenwood Antiques,
and as of this writing, they are still available.
BEFORE: Another thrift store chair.
AFTER: So sweet now with two tones of
the same Robert Allen bird print.
Here's the back.
As of today,
still available for purchase at The Lazy Daisy in Short Pump.
BEFORE: A pair of frenchy chairs.
AFTER: Another black and white treatment.
I love mixing fabrics! Can you tell?
Find me at Relics to Rhinestones on Patterson.
BEFORE: Donated pair of barstools.
Damaged vinyl seats.
AFTER: I reupholstered the seats in vintage
feed sacks.
BEFORE: Single frenchy chair.
AFTER: Yummy graphic goodness
and sold in one day.
My latest and final makeover is this ugly ass

AFTER: That now rocks!
So deliciously yummy with the fuzzy pillow.
Just delivered to my booth at
The Lazy Daisy Short Pump.
But I don't expect it will be there long.
Thanks for looking, folks!
It's good to be back!!!