Monday, January 07, 2013

Have a seat...

My sewing machine was in the shop for a tune-up and I just picked it up this morning!
Yay!
Now, I can get busy and catch up on all the projects I have left since before Christmas.
However....before I start sewing, I had one project that needed attending to.
I use this hard as rock chair in my sewing room that I borrowed from my kitchen. Not comfortable for prolonged sitting, and the cushion I have on it keeps landing on the floor.
So, last week I rescued an old aluminum kitchen chair probably from the 60's! It was on it's way to the dump!
Initially, I though about just giving it a good scrubbing and be done with it. But, no amount of cleaning could ever make this baby look good!
It's red vinyl. I actually like the colour!
Here it is in partial deconstruct...

So, I took it all apart (saving the upholstery nails :-), for reuse)
Then I went shopping, and found just the right amount of red vinyl. I didn't particularly care what colour is was, but the red was what they had.
New rubber feet and a bunch of staples later....
Not exactly a thing of beauty, but it works for me.
I had some fun with the back though!
Yup! It's the Keep Calm fabric! I have the same thing on my ironing table in my sewing room, so I thought it would look kinda cool!
I also laminated it just for the heck of it, and because I had this stuff and wanted to try it on something!
I used this product called Therm O Web iron on vinyl, and it was really easy. Then, I cut some batting to use because the cardboard backing was wrecked, reused the nails, and called it a finish!
The curved back of the chair was a bit of a pain, but overall, not too bad.
As I said, not beautiful, but it is functional and only cost me $15.00 for the fabric!
My first project of 2013....
DONE!

15 comments:

Amanda said...

The Chair looks great! I really like the back with the keep calm fabric too...so appropriate.

Tabatha said...

I LOVE your new chair, I think you did a GREAT job on it and especially love the backing, of course! I also use a rescued chair from the curb, it's a super expensive office chair and was tossed because the fabric was worn and torn, I just recovered it and voila! It super comfy too. :D

Terri in BC said...

Very cool! I used that fabric to make a sewing bag for a friend, but I have enough left to back my chair. Just what I need - another project! Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

Love the chair! I have a chrome set in my kitchen now and have one seat that needs to be redone.....I just keep pushing it back under the table....haha...I think you have inspired me to soldier on and get it done. Thanks!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

great job!!! love the back too!

Salley said...

Fabulous! You are sure to produce some amazing work in 2013 with this lovely seat to smile at! Happy New Year.

Colleen said...

That is so fun! I love it!

Karen said...

I think it's great! Love the red, too. Great work!

CitricSugar said...

What a score!! Great job, Patti!

Melzie Belle said...

you did great! I love it :)
xoxo melzie

Celtic Thistle said...

Looks great Patti, I love the back very apt!

Have never tried the iron-on vinyl but would definitely like to, glad to hear it is straightforward to use. Will be adding it to my shopping list soon.

Dianne Neale said...

Brilliant! I wouldn't know where to start

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Fab! And the perfect place for the Keep Calm fabric!

Cindy Sharp said...

I love it. What a happy room you must have.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Thank you for visiting today Patti. I appreciate your comments.

15 comments:

Amanda said...

The Chair looks great! I really like the back with the keep calm fabric too...so appropriate.

Tabatha said...

I LOVE your new chair, I think you did a GREAT job on it and especially love the backing, of course! I also use a rescued chair from the curb, it's a super expensive office chair and was tossed because the fabric was worn and torn, I just recovered it and voila! It super comfy too. :D

Terri in BC said...

Very cool! I used that fabric to make a sewing bag for a friend, but I have enough left to back my chair. Just what I need - another project! Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

Love the chair! I have a chrome set in my kitchen now and have one seat that needs to be redone.....I just keep pushing it back under the table....haha...I think you have inspired me to soldier on and get it done. Thanks!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

great job!!! love the back too!

Salley said...

Fabulous! You are sure to produce some amazing work in 2013 with this lovely seat to smile at! Happy New Year.

Colleen said...

That is so fun! I love it!

Karen said...

I think it's great! Love the red, too. Great work!

CitricSugar said...

What a score!! Great job, Patti!

Melzie Belle said...

you did great! I love it :)
xoxo melzie

Celtic Thistle said...

Looks great Patti, I love the back very apt!

Have never tried the iron-on vinyl but would definitely like to, glad to hear it is straightforward to use. Will be adding it to my shopping list soon.

Dianne Neale said...

Brilliant! I wouldn't know where to start

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Fab! And the perfect place for the Keep Calm fabric!

Cindy Sharp said...

I love it. What a happy room you must have.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Thank you for visiting today Patti. I appreciate your comments.