This was one of those projects that was years in the making…no exaggeration! I bought these chairs in pretty sorry shape at a local church sale about seven years ago. Yes…seven years ago!!!! Just couldn’t resist the their unique design and sturdy construction. The hubby is on a mission to clean out the garage so it was now or never for these chairs.
I have certainly gained a healthy respect for those that reupholster often. This project was not for the faint of heart. From pulling out hundreds of original staples and scraps of old fabric to sanding and painting, to making new seats, and then adding hundreds of new staples, this was a lot more time consuming than I anticipated. I will never again balk at the price of reupholstered pieces…it is a LOT of work!
But, after all is said and done…I LOVE them! The seats are covered in a navy utility ticking and the backs are done in a heavy canvas duck cloth.
The pillows may be the best part. The “Bemis” one is made from a vintage sack. The other chair has two. The first was made from decorator fabric samples that JoAnn fabrics was practically giving away and the other is from a vintage sugar sack. We live outside Philadelphia, so I was immediately drawn to the image of Ben Franklin:) We want to add more local historical flair to our home so this is a nice start.
Here are some more pics. Hope you enjoy them!