Friday, March 7, 2014

Refurbishing Chair Project - In Progess

This semester I am taking a furniture making class.  I'd been wanting to make a jeweler's bench / desk for months prior to this and was excited to actually get to make one.  However, not knowing anything about furniture and wanting this particular piece to be perfect I was getting off to a slow start, because I was always changing something.  So I decided to instead start with a refurbishing project so I could learn by taking things apart and putting them back together.  

In the past weeks I've been looking around at different Goodwills and Thrift stores around town and in Dayton, when visiting my boyfriend, Harold, but I couldn't find anything that I really wanted.  I had originally wanted to check out Abigail Attic but the day I went traffic was so bad at the intersection I couldn't get there easily from the way I came.  I didn't get a chance to go back until yesterday when I found the chair below!

It's a pretty simple chair and it's also a really wide chair, which I really like because I like putting my feet up on my chair when I'm sitting sometimes.  Because it is so wide it really didn't want to get in my car for transport to the studio but eventually I got it there in one piece... 

... And then after 6 hours taking out staples and ripping off fabric and cushions it's well on it's way to becoming a chair I can call my own.

I'm going to be using the fabric that I bought originally to make seat covers for my old van, Izzy.  Sadly Izzy died before I was able to complete this task so I'm super excited to be able to finally use that fabric!  This weekend I'm going to be visiting home and using my mom's heavy duty sewing machine and my dad's sander.  Just cause I won't have access to the tools in the studio over Spring break doesn't mean this chair is going to be standing still!

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