October 27, 2011

cleaning out the hopper

Remember this hoopty in the hopper?  Remember the 3 chairs I got for free at an auction in Linden?

Miss Brown Swirly

She needed a little TLC is an understatement...

A new back
A new arm
A new seat bottom 

Actually, I'm quite jealous - I need all three of those things!

 oh and a paint job ... 
it's a mix or a mess of white primer, heirloom white, SW creamy, and ASCP in Old White
and I think ASCP clear and dark wax

untrained upholstery working is not for the faint at heart and certainly not for the perfectionist.
I've learned that I don't really like upholstery work, but Jeff seems to.  He rebuilt the chair, and did most of the stapling, and put all the nail head trim on.  I cut the fabric, and sewed up the welting cord, and painted the chair .... it's a labor of love and kept this ole gal from going to the landfill.  

Oh and I had to show you my knock out roses one more time before the frost arrives.  I am not 
not sure what will happen when they are frosted, as this is my first summer to have these.
I recommend them to anyone wanting roses because they require very little attention.  
These have actually been neglected and still thrived all summer long.

check out these parties - I promise you will be inspired and amazed at what women are doing with the hooptys in their hoppers.

Linking up to Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Feature Friday party
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  1. Love love love the brown swirl chair. What a transformation! I'm glad you could see her potential and saved her from the landfill. The two of you make a great team!!!!

  2. gaLENda!!!! Oh My WORD! She is so beautiful! I'm telling you... you have an eye for these things and a very helpful husband to boot! You need new arms and a back and a seat!?! lol! Oh, I love ya! She's perfect!

  3. Wow amazing makeover! Great work with the upholstery. I have 2 chairs I bought with the intention of reupholstering them but have been to scared to try. Hopefully when I get around to it they'll look as good as your chair!

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  5. Ps. your upholstered chair is beautiful!

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