July 13, 2010It’s PINK Upholstery Time!
By Sara In AZ
OK, I have this vintage swivel chair and before y’all get mad at me for re-upholstering this please know the Chartreuse Green was not the original upholstery to this chair. Or, if this was the original fabric, the upholstery job was really poor. Plus, there were stains on the fabric that would not come out. The fabric reminded me of a 70s velour type of material (think jogging suits), not really what you would expect for 50s material – usually those were much more textured. Here is a before picture.
I know it is really hard to see the stains and the poor upholstery job from the pics, but trust me they are there. It was always in the back of my mind that I would get the chair reupholstered if I found the right fabric, and if I could find the right upholsterer. I was really in no rush to have this re-done, I figured it would all work out when it was supposed to. Well, everything finally came together this past month. I was looking on E-Bay for vintage upholstery fabric, not really expecting to find anything at all – or if I did I was sure it would be REALLY expensive.
*On a side note, I was not actually looking for fabric to re-cover this chair in. Oh no, I was looking for fabric for another super secret project that I have been working on and will do a post on in the very near future. 🙂 Keep your eyes peeled!
So, like I said, I was cruising E-Bay when I came across this fabric.
It was 4 yards of 1950s pink textured yummy-ness that had never been used – see the old remnant tag still on there! I felt like it had been waiting for me all this time. And, it was only $30 including shipping! I was thinking this was the perfect amount of fabric for the swivel chair, and I snapped it right up! I loved it even more when I saw it in person!
So, the swivel chair and the fabric were dropped off to my new friend Austen the upholsterer, and viola we have a new pink swivel chair!
I tried to get a picture of the texture of the fabric, but it was kinda hard.
The buttons on the seat back.
The cording around the seat back and sides. This was one of the areas where the old upholstery job was really bad. There was no cording anywhere on the back or sides, so it just really did not look that good. And on the seat bottom, on both sides of the chair, the fabric was left loose and you could stick your hand right in. Austen hand stitched the cording down on both sides for me!
I even made some pillows, which you can see in the background! So pretty much every square inch of that 4 yards of fabric was used up. If anyone in the Phoenix area needs an upholsterer let me know. This guy does GREAT work at awesome prices. I have to say, I really love my new/old pink swivel chair! What do y’all think?