Monday, August 22, 2011

The Peggy Chair



I don't normally name my projects but I named this chair after my friend Peggy.   Peggy got me this chair for free from her friend that was moving.  She said she knew I could do something with it.  I just think that was so sweet of her.  Shout out to Peggy you are awesome!



At first I was thinking slipcover but I didn't want to lose the wood detail along the sides or the shape.  The fabric was also kinda dingy so it needed to go.  I spent several hours here and there removing everything down to the bones.  One of the legs needed to be repaired as well.  I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to keep the scalloped back or not.  In the end I decided to button tuft. 

I shopped all around for fabric.  I wanted a pattern and some color but of course I still wanted it to be muted, not to vibrant.  I finally found something at Cost Plus World Market that I love.  It's actually a drapery panel (not the most cost effective way to buy fabric) It has my favorite blue and citrus yellow/green on a muted gray background. 

Here's a readers digest of what I did.  I am not an expert so I am just hitting the highlights.  I only knew how to reupholster this chair because I took it apart.  I did not do things the "right" way but I think it worked out.  The biggest thing is to just go for it.  Each time I learn and do better the next time.



I decided to go ahead a buy a pneumatic staple gun and it makes a world of difference.  I found an inexpensive one on Amazon.  The first chair I recovered (found here) I used a hand stapler and I had to pound in every single staple.  Never again. 

To put her back together I first found some scrap fabric and stapled it to the back of the chair so that I would have something to thread the buttons through and to keep the curved shape.  I then added a layer of foam followed by a layer of cotton batting and then regular batting.    Then came my fabric. 



After deciding on the placement I pulled the buttons through all the layers and knotted them.  I did not permanently knot them until I was finished with all of the buttons. 



Once the fabric was all pulled tight and stapled I added a strip of piping to the top back of the chair.

When I took the back part of this chair apart I discovered a thin strip of cardboard was used up against the piping.  I found a roll of the stuff at Joann Fabrics (it's called upholstery tack strip)for $10 and I totally cheaped out since I only needed less than two yards I didn't want to buy a whole roll.  I figured I could find something to use instead.  I was looking around for something when I saw this,



A bud light box is the perfect thickness.  Tacky, well yes but hey it worked beautifully.  I used my rotary cutter to trim a half inch strip.   


If you push the cardboard up against the piping it gives you a crisp edge once you flip the fabric back over.  


The sides of the chair were pretty easy to do since you can hide all the staples with double cord welting.  If you don't have the sewing machine attachment to make it here's a tutorial over at Centsational Girl that shows you how to do it.



I used my fancy bud light tack strip on the front of the chair as well.


Here she is in the room.  My little blue ruffled pillow sure has gotten a lot of miles in my photo shoots.




So I am loving Peggy Aka the Chair that was free except I had to buy a pneumatic staple gun, all new cushion and stuffing materials and fabric AND spend 20 hrs removing staples.  Actually I didn't have to do any of those things but this chair inspired me.  I love her shape and her curved back is so comfortable she kind of wraps in you in a hug when you sit in her. 



The dining room is coming along it now has Peggy, some new pillows, and I hung a woven wood blind which helps warm up the space now that I painted everything white.  

I am glad I finally got a blog worthy project done.  I feel like it's been forever since I have had something to post.

 


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28 comments:

  1. What a wonderful chair! And you really did it by yourself, wow!!!
    So long - Dania

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  2. Absolutely adorable!! Very impressed with your DIY skills!

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  3. You did a beautiful job on the chair! I love the fabric choice!

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  4. Great job, Mimi! You were brave to tackle that. I love the fabric!

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  5. I'm trying so hard to build up the courage to re-upholster something like this! I have a chair with mustard yellow fabric screaming for me and I'm such a chicken. I'll get there. I'm bookmarking this page for inspiration!
    www.knottooshabbyfurnishings.com

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  6. You are simply one of the bravest diy-women I know of.. Thank you so much for showing us how it's done.. And your new kithcen area is beautiful.

    Good luck with your upcoming projects, I sertainly look forward to seeing and reading about them.

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  7. I love that fabric! You did an amazing job! :)

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  8. Oh, my goodness! Your chair turned out so beautiful! You are so good and the finished product looks very professional. Pat yourself on the back really hard - this is so pretty.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  9. That chair is beautiful, and so is the room she was lucky enough to land in! Great job!

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  10. Peggy is a winner! And I love your dinning area, lovely :)

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  11. I sure do wish I had your talent for doing upholstery like that. I love that chair and you did a very professional looking job. Thanks so much for sharing at WOW.

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  12. Peggy needs to come by and visit all of us at NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY...hope to see her there:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  13. Wow! This looks so beautiful. I love the fabric.

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  14. Your chair is beautiful. I would love to be every to upholstery like you! Are you self taught? I have some pieces that need to be done and I'm too scared to start! Any helpful hints?
    Thank you for sharing.
    www.projectqueen.org

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  15. Wonderful and inspirational to others. You show that we can do anything with an attitude of "go for it"....I may have to gut it up and do the same. Thanks for posting.

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  16. I'm in love with your blog! I'm your newest follower :) Peggy looks great, very nice fabric choice. I love your breakfast nook, I would love to stop by coffee and a muffin.

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  17. Nice job! I love the fabric. I bought the same kind from World Market and their already upholstered chair. I LOVE IT!

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  18. This chair is beautiful and I love the fabric you chose. Where did you buy new padding for the chair? I admire people who reupholster things...I haven't been brave enough to try it yet!

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  19. What a fantastic makeover. You did an outstanding job!

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  20. Where did you find the cotton batting? I see it's the kind professionals use. All I can find is the kind you put in quilts and that's not the same. Great job

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  21. LOVE the chair & that fabric is exactly what you described it as, still muted, gorgeous colors!!! Great job!
    Bonnie~ www.aweemeenit.blogspot.com

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  22. Your chair is lovely! Upholstery projects wow me, but I don't have the guts yet to do one myself. Someday ....

    Anyway, I liked your chair so much I featured it yesterday! http://www.imbusyprocrastinating.com/2011/09/get-me-motivated-monday.html

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  23. Beautiful! :) Wow! Love the fabric choice too.

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  24. I.love.this.chair! You are crazy talented! I love the fabric too! Do you mind sharing the name and where to find it? It looks like a Waverly print. Thanks for sharing this, Mimi! It's beautiful!

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  25. BEAUTIFUL print on this chair. And, BOY, am I glad to find this blog post just two days after discovering my grandmother has one of these old chairs in storage she said I could have. Would you mind sharing the size of your drapery panel? Fabric is WAY too expensive. I was going to go for a drop cloth, but I would really love to find something different. Thanks for sharing this tutorial, I will def be using it.

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  26. Totally awesome! I wish I had the guts to do a project like this!

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