Saturday, June 18, 2011

Saturday Chair Project - Before

 I found this chair at Goodwill last week for $4.99!  There were also two side chairs, but I only wanted the one with the arms.  So, today is the day to fix it up. 

Someone had torn off the "sold" tag, and then changed their mind.  
I've lucked out like that before.  
What were they thinking???  It's $5!!!
 It has great cutwork and curvy details.  
There are no missing pieces, cracks, or chips!
 Beautiful arms -
 and great details on the legs.
  The seat is in good condition - the whole thing just needs 
some paint, and a new seat cover.  
For the new cover, I'm using off-white linen with a really great nubby texture.  Make sure you prewash and dry your fabric to get all the sizing out and allow any shrinkage to occur.  The washing and drying of the fabric also allows the "nubs" of the linen to come out more, and if the sizing is still in the fabric, the transfer won't adhere as well.

vintage french letter clip art
I'm also using this beautiful Paris postmark graphic from The Graphics Fairy.  The Graphics Fairy states, "The letter is addressed to Madame Sugat? Sugart? in Paris and was sent from Boulogne, as you can see by the postmark.  This wonderful ephemera image dates to the 1830s."  
I wish I knew more about Madame Sugat!  Little did her friend know that his/her handwriting would end up on a chair in Wisconsin!
Oh, and don't forget to reverse the image of any script before printing!

To transfer the graphic, I'm going to try TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) that I found at Michaels.  There's a great video for it's uses here.  This is supposed to be the one iron-on transfer paper that doesn't leave a plastic-like sheen on your fabric.  It's also washable.  

We'll see.  

So, that's what my day holds.  Results will be posted tomorrow . . .


Susanne said...

Wow, she's got some great curves! Looking forward to the after.

gina said...

What a find!! $4.99 for all that beautiful carving!! I never find great deals like that. Cannot wait to see the finished product!

fromhousetohome said...

You are a project "machine"!!!!! Can't wait to tune in tonight to see what it looks like!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Great find Nan. The fact that someone changed their mind just means it was meant for your creative hand. Can't wait to see the reveal.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I can't wait to see how the transfer paper works. That would be great if it was not shiny!




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