I rescued this chair from my aunt's storage building. It had belonged to my grandparents, and she didn't want to get rid of it. So she stuck it in storage. I claimed it the minute I laid eyes on it. I love the shape and size of the chair, and the pattern on the back. It's a vintage from Tell City. It's made of Mahogany and so heavy. I had forgotten just how heavy, until I attempted to take it to my deck for some outside photos.
Other than the arms being worn out, it was in excellent shape. I had purchased some fabric for a totally different project, but the more I looked at it I decided I would cover the chair with it. I have read lots of tutorials on reupholstering, but I mostly just winged this one!! :) So this post is mostly a before and after. It involved lots of staples, patience and the glue gun. Here is the after!
The fabric is such a busy pattern, that it's hard to get a clear picture. Below is a few close up pictures of the fabric.
I also added brown trim and gold nail heads around the arms.
To break up the fabric pattern, I decided to add the trim around the seat. I love the cute little fringe at the bottom.
I did paint the legs and the arms of the chair with Martha Stewarts's Metallic Bronze.
I really wanted to add nail heads on the back, but this is where I ended up going with the glue gun and a few nail heads above the legs.
Now to share a funny little story with you, and introduce to our kitty, Mr. Ed. Actually, we named him after Eddie from Christmas Vacation. If you are a fan of that movie (it's our yearly tradition) you know exactly who and what I'm talking about it. LOL This cat always keeps us entertained, and is always into something. I finally learned my lesson, and stopped his midnight parties. He would open the cabinet, tear open the bag of catfood, and happily share his food with the dog. His food now stays in containers!!!
He laid claim to this chair the day I brought it home. He loves to sleep in it. So he was not very happy when I decided to redo it. The two pictures below are blurry, because I grabbed my phone to take a picture. He seriously was attacking me, and not happy at all that I was touching his chair.
He throws a mean right hook to protect his territory!!! I still have the scars to prove it. :)
Dear friends I will leave you with the king on his throne. He approves of his new chair, and don't even think about trying to sit in it. LOL