This is Yaron's chair which had been covered by a blanket for the past number of years to hide the bland skin coloured fabric of it. After finding a nice colourful curtain from the 70's they asked me if I could reupholster it.
Which is ok but just to let everyone know, to use a fabric that is not meant to be used for upholstery of furniture is a little bit tricky. First one must stabilize the fabric by gluing (ironing on) another material called Vlieselin on to the back. This takes along time since the iron has to stand in one spot for at least 30 seconds. So you can imagine the amount of time it takes to do a big piece or curtain with a tiny iron.
The second problem is that with the Vlieselin on the back the fabric becomes very rigid, it is not stretchy at all, which makes it very hard to stretch over a chair that is rounded. Therefore one ends up with little creases which are hard to remove. I am hoping that with time that the fabric will shaped itself, but time might just as well make the creases more visible. I will have to wait and see.
In the end it turned out quite pretty I think.
As requested here is a step by step guide of the process of redoing a stool. Most of the text you will find under each photograph. I just want to say that I have discovered that the world of upholstery is amazingly stimulating and fun!
All the different layers and the seat springs that in this case have been hand made by someone at least 70 years ago are beautiful.
Click on one picture to see the gallery and step by step guide:
This was a commissioned job, to reupholster 2 stools from the beginning of the last century. The clients had an old curtain from the 70's that they wanted me to use and it turned out great.
Click on a picture in the gallery below to get details of each step of the transformation from brown, dirty corduroy stools that melted into the background, to happy colourful stools that make a statement.
Thank you Yaron for taking the beautiful 'after' pictures and thank you Khaleesi for posing so nicely!
Found a chair on the road, that someone thrown out because of some color stains on the seat . Except from the stains it was in an almost perfect condition.
Here you can read about the transformation, step by step:
1. Sandpapered all sides of the seat.
2. Put insulating tape in the desired pattern on the wood.
3. Painted 2 layers of turquoise color and direct after the
second layer, I took out the tape.
4. Painted the sides in black stain color + flax oil + vax.
5. Painted 1 layer of glossy varnish as a top coat and
my work was finished!!
For once the working process was easy and didn't take too long. YES!
Today is the last day of my fathers 2 week visit here in Israel. It has really been a wonderful time and I have learned a lot.
My father is 73 years old and has worked as a carpenter for most of his life. He actually built our summerhouse in Sweden and all its interiors alone and it´s still standing strong, looking the same after nearly 40 years!
I really admire his way through life and his way of looking at things. Despite illness, he fights on and wants to get as much out of life as he can!
One of the things that I have in common with him, is that we both like the challenge of making something out of nothing. Using the tools and materials that we have and try to come up with solutions to what´s missing! So this is what we have been doing a lot of these 2 weeks, especially since this is a typical Israeli house:-).
There was no gate between the outside wall and the fence, but now we have one thanks to my dad! And now, we can also close the doors to all the rooms properly, hang the towels on the bathroom wall etc. But I am most happy for the new working table that he put together for me outside, made by blocks and a pallet on top! Finally I can work without hurting my back. Why didn't I come up with that before???
Another thing that he helped me with was a turned wooden chair that I found on the road. We needed to pick it all apart and glue it back on again. But since the chair was so delicate, you couldn't use screw clamps. Instead we had to press it together, using thin ropes and tension rods of smooth wood. I took some pictures of it to remember how to do it the next time and maybe someone else can have use for the information too!
Anyway, my dad is going tomorrow morning and my heart is aching. But I am so thankful for this time. We don´t see each other so often now when I live in Israel. But when we do, it is for a longer period and we both appreciate the time more than before.
Linnea & Caroline
2 foreigners in Israel trying to find their space. Up-cycling furniture and clothes for a better environment and future.
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