We have a local house flipper in town that has huge billboards that advertise, “I Buy Ugly Houses”, I don’t do that, however, I do buy ugly chairs. Ugly chairs just call to me…. it’s been going on for years, at one point I was storing six, ugly chairs. This tufted ‘gem’ has been in my garage just over fifteen years…
Now, I must explain, the back fabric is original to the chair, the seat fabric was a failed attempt to reupholster the chair, while I was pregnant with my daughter. The blue and white swatch of fabric in the chair back is going to be the new fabric! After a busy holiday season entertaining friends and family, I realized I needed an extra seat in the sunroom, which in the past couple years has become our family hang-out. It seemed I was bringing an extra seat from the den every time we had people over. I didn’t have to look hard for a cute chair, I’ve walked past this one everyday for years! (Cute is a stretch, but I had a vision!) Picking the fabric was fun, I knew I wanted a print, but I didn’t want to fight the bird fabric also used in the room. The blue and white fabric was perfect with the blue denim couch, bird print and Mr.Fix-it’s white slip-covered rocker.
Because I’d worked on the chair once before, there was not much fabric to strip, therefore not many pattern pieces, just the seat and the back. I honestly don’t remember how the sides even looked?
First thing, I made the covered buttons, using a manual button machine,
and got to work tufting. Which is by far the trickiest part, though much easier when you are not working over a giant prego belly!
In a couple of hours the seat and back were all tufted, and looking much prettier!
Next I set to work on the actual upholstery, (the fun part). I’ve mentioned before that my mother owned an upholstery shop for about 20 years, and I literally learned by her side. She hasn’t done any in years, but luckily for me still has a garage full of supplies, free for the taking. I decided I’d add some covered cording to clean up the chair’s side lines.
Then the back and the bottom to finish it off. My kitchen floor was very reminiscent of my mothers shop floor!
And look at her now, so cute, and comfortable I might add! I’m embarrassed that it took 15 years to get started, but thrilled that it got done!
I believe every room needs a kookie chair, and this one completes the sunroom.
Up next, this ‘beauty’ is going to get a makeover to go in the knit shop! She came from a local auction house, for $18. Poor thing wasn’t even pretty enough to make it inside, they left her in the hall! I wasn’t the only one who saw her though, the bidding started at 3 bucks, the other lady left unhappy. 🙁
I’ve run out of spots to put these kookie chairs at home, and there is only so much room at the shop, but still, there are ugly chairs out there that need to be rescued, and I now have a little extra room in the garage….