Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hello Mr. Dewberry

There were several projects on the roster to prepare for Grandma and Grandpa's current visit. One was to recover this tired old thing.

Hello Mr. Dewberry

I purchased this sprung chair at a garage sale for $5 about 18 years ago, I think. B & I were in our first rented apartment together after university. It was covered in a tattered emerald green boucle fabric. I spray painted the legs, removed the wooden arms and used the original cover as a pattern to cut a new one. This Navajo-inspired fabric (above) was used for it's second recovering. Our first couch was upholstered with that fabric and I bought some extra to do the chair so they'd match. The fabric was a big disappointment. It did not wear well and faded terribly, as you can see (ok, this is 15 years old, so maybe I'm being a little too judgemental). Needless to say, the couch is long gone!

It was time for an update - especially since this chair sits in the corner of our playroom, my parent's temporary bedroom when they visit! I bought a new staple gun, a package of upholstery tacks and set aside a Sunday afternoon.

Hello Mr. Dewberry!

Hello Mr. Dewberry
Joel Dewberry's Ginseng home-dec weight fabric which I got for a song during a Sew Mama Sew sale last fall.

I layered some new batting on top of the old stuff. I've always loved this chair - I think mostly for it's lines. The back and underneath still need a dust cover, but as long as it is tucked into the corner, no one needs to know!

23 comments:

felicity said...

Recovering furniture ranks right up there with painting for a relatively low-cost/low time-investment do-over with high impact. I love how this turned out!

traceyjay said...

gorgeous!
I want to be nifty and crafty like you... :)

Susanne said...

What a beautiful make over!!!! That chair is gorgeous!!!

Saphy said...

looks really great! well done.

Amy said...

Wow, you did a wonderful job! I love how neat it looks and that nice row of tacks. Good work!

carol said...

Your talents never cease to amaze me!! Great chair!

Alisa said...

It looks great!

Heather said...

Soooooooooo cute Krista! Beautiful job.

Karin said...

If you can send me the measurements and your address, I can send you some of the dustcover stuff for your chair - I have a whole bolt of the stuff that I'll never use all of it in a lifetime! Great chair!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

The chair looks amazing ....very "poppyprint" !!

What Comes Next? said...

I love it Krista - well done! I just never know where you find the time to do so many neat projects!

Rebecca Jane said...

My goodness! Who knew you had upholstery skills! The chair looks amazing, can I bring my $5 garage sale find over for a re-do?

paulette said...

OMGosh!! It's S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G!!!!! Wow!! I kept going back...before/after...before/after...Can't believe it!! Well done!! It's like a brand new gorgeous chair!!
Paulette

Katie B. said...

Are you kidding me with this chair? It's incredible! You're a phenom!

Ariane said...

It looks wonderful!!! You would never know how old it is now. Great job!!

Kara said...

GREAT job!!! I have a chair that is just like that but in a solid brown fabric that needs to be recovered like nobody's business. How exactly did you go about doing that? Another blog post maybe... ;) I feel like if you were able to do this in an afternoon then maybe I could try too! :)

Barb said...

Wow, Krista, your chair is beautiful! Enjoy.

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Oh wow that is fabulous you clever thing

Live a Colorful Life said...

Awesome chair! I have a chair that needs to be recovered. Staple gun, here I come!

Martha Winger said...

Fresh and springy and wonderful! Great makeover.

Dianne said...

I just knew it - there is NO end to your talents!!! First Turkey Lasange and Granola now this!!! It loooks mahvelous dahling :0)

sewtakeahike said...

Oh my, Krista! It's beautiful! The JD you chose is the perfect choice. I love the little upholstery tack details you added on the sides!

Anna said...

this is ultra fantastic krista. :) love it so much.