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The Chair

Friday, June 24, 2011


Does anyone remember this chair?  Not my favorite subject, but just wanted to give you an update.  To be honest, I worked on it for about a day after I posted about it.  Then I did something that makes perfect sense, I started making slip covers for the wingback chairs.  More on that at a later date.  Anyway, this week, in between sanding and priming the table and shelves, I faced my fears and began working on the channel back chair again.


Here she is in all her splendor.  I went with double welt cording for the trim detail instead of braiding.  Apparently 12 year old boys have an opinion on how chairs should look and they can be outspoken about it.  Actually, I think it was a good call.

(my 15 year old started driver's ed this week)

We are off to a sporting event that will take up most of the weekend.  Young mamas who think it gets easier when your babies get older - have I got news for you.  When kids get bigger: 1) they eat more 2) they cost more 3) they do more.  You will find yourself in your house in 10 minute increments throughout the day wondering if you have time to do a load of laundry or prep dinner.  You will realize that you have time for neither.  Later, when you come home everyone will ask you what is for dinner and when their clothes will be clean.  This is not a complaint, just keeping it real.


Happy weekend!  You all are wonderful!

40 comments:

  1. Rene, OMG the chair is gorgeous and That pillow sets it off beautifully!!

    Your son is heading into his years of adventure, I'll be thinking of you!!

    Xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  2. It's only a peek, but wow, it looks amazing!

    Enjoy your busy weekend.

    P.S. the word verification that came up is dashobut (dashabout), how appropriate.

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  3. I love the way it turned out! And about those boys growing up I totally agree I have two 17 and 18 its still so totally worth it.

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  4. wow! the chair looks amazing!
    and i am just going to pretend i didn't read the last part. i feel better that way.

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  5. Wow, Rene! How do you do it?? Seriously, it's gorgeous. You should be so proud! Also, I spy a lovely chair to the left of your son! Have we seen this before? I love it. And, don't tell me it gets harder! :( Just joking....I guess you couldn't drag a 15 yr to run errands w/you (TJ Maxx, etc.). So, I shouldn't complain!! Enjoy the weekend!

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  6. the chair looks amazing!! i would have thrown the towel in and headed to the upholsterer long ago! but wait, maybe there's no time for that with your busy boys!! ha!! have a wonderful weekend!!

    xo,
    Tessa

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  7. The chair looks beautiful. I have a 12 year old boy and a 15 year old boy and I so can relate to what you are saying. They are at the age where they won't even let me take a pic of them. Ha

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  8. That chair is gorgeous...love the pillow fabric too. And NO it doesn't get easier and YES it does get more expensive! You are so right. And before you know it...nobody comes home for dinner and they are doing their own laundry! (Which are sort of good things but it's sooo hard to get used to the shift.) :)

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  9. Thanks for the reality check, Rene. And OH MY, the chair is awesome! Great, great job. I knew you'd make it look amazing.

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  10. Right there with you on the teen thing.
    That chair.is.amazing.

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  11. That is amazing. Seriously. That is HARD upholstery work and it looks perfect.

    And you know I don't like what you say about it getting harder:-) Although I will not miss people pooping on the carpet, no matter how busy/expensive/exhausting they are;)

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  12. Your chair looks fabulous - where is it going?
    You are so right about the kids!
    I can't believe your son is is drivers ed!! That might actually make your life easier - right? He will be able to drive himself & his brother as needed! Crazy. The next thing you know we'll turn around and our 12 year olds will be old enough for drivers ed too - the time goes so fast!

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  13. Rene that turned out BEAUTIFUL!!! You did an amazing job, you should be so proud of that chair!! I hope you have a good weekend and I hear about time when the kids get older. Good luck with drivers training as well. :)

    XO

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  14. OH my goodness, the chair is gorgeous!!! I love it! Double welt was a great decision!

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  15. Wow, it looks so fresh, what a great job! My 13 yr. old is full of design and fashion advice, the scary part is, I ask for it! Have a fun weekend!

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  16. gorgeous!!! you did a fantastic job! and love that pillow, too! have a fun weekend full of sporting events :)

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  17. I LOVE that chair in white. Looks so fresh and clean. Can't wait to see how you did it. Sounds like your son has been trained well too!! Good taste runs in the family :)

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  18. Rene, great work as always! Given the crazy time commitments you have, I'm even more impressed that you can tackle upholstering a chair by yourself! You never cease to amaze me!

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  19. I am so relating to your last paragraph about life with teens! Having a driver helps but opens up a whole new can of worms...lots to consider!
    Love the chair and marvel at where and how you find the time!

    Cathy

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  20. Thanks for keeping it real! I guess I have good times to look forward to ;)

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  21. Rene! If I managed to pull of upholstering a chair as well as you did, I'd be shouting it from the rooftops and showing three million pictures! Very, very well done. Regarding it not getting any easier...NOOOOOOOO!
    Camiille

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  22. Wow Rene! I cannot believe that is the same chair! I am truly amazed at how gorgeous it came out. I love the fabric and the pillow offsets it beautifully. Job well done. Have fun this weekend.

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  23. The chair looks great and I love the pattern on the pillow! Since you did such an awesome job on your channel back chair come on down to Florida and do the same thing to mine!

    I had to laugh at your comments about teens! So true! I remember those days oh, so well as it was not that long ago.

    Have a fantastic weekend!

    ~ Tracy

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  24. Renee, do I spy a drop cloth? If so I'd love to know your take on using them for upholstery/slips. Also, how about indulging us with a full shot of the chair? :) purdy pleeez! I love the double piping and pillow!

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  25. The chair looks great!! And I love the pillow. I have teenagers, so I know how you feel. The dreaded question in my house is, what's for dinner? I'm not the best cook and they start asking about an hour after lunch!

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  26. I have an old chair that looks exactly like that before pic and I that is exactly how I want mine to look. I am guessing that you are an experienced upholsterer as I don't have a clue how you did that!Amazing job.

    Carolyn

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  27. Your chair turned out beautifully! Really lovely, Rene! Now you've inspired me to face my fears with mine and get back to working on it. I worked on mine a couple days and then stuck it in the corner and started other projects. Your son is a very handsome young man.

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  28. The chair is fabulous! It must feel so good to have it checked off your list and sitting pretty in your home.

    You are so right about older children. It doesn't go away even after they go away to college. When my son is home it adds more stress to my life as I have to stay up later waiting for him to (safely) return home at night. It's a mom thing!

    Jo

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  29. Are u saying you upholstered that chair????? OMG I am so impressed. You need to tell us how. I can't even imagine. I mean a bench.....OK, but a chair and one with that back! Rene you are the bomb. Oh and by the way your son is pretty cute :)

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  30. Thanks for the sweet comments my dears :) I will share the details about the chair as soon as things settle down a bit. And yes, it is drop cloth.

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  31. I just did a chair just like this for a client! OMG. I ended up rebuilding the back panel. Looks great, but goodness it was work.

    http://threeboys-home.blogspot.com/2011/06/pleated-chair-before-after.html

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  32. Your chair looks fabulous..
    MY boys are 13 and 16..Seriously I spend more time in my car as a chauffeur and I don't even get paid for it..Oh, to have toddlers again!!..xx

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  33. How do you have time to work your majic being so busy?! The chair turned out beautiful! Great job Rene.
    Have a great weekend.

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  34. Wow! Your son has great taste!! The pillow is beautiful too!

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  35. Oh so with you on the teenager thing. Oh boy can they eat and eat and eat. Oh and the opinions.

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  36. Holy Toledo. SO much to comment on! Fist off, your son is completely adorable. Secondly, are you kidding me with the chair. It's amazing. I am really impressed. I keep looking at chairs in the magazines and still think there is no way I could recover one to look like that. And lastly, I am scared for my children to grow up!

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  37. Is it me or does that handsome guy look like a 14 year old?

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  38. so impressed with your SKILLS!
    the chair is beautiful...love the pillow in it...the pop of color is awesome!

    also, totally relate to having older kids...it definitely doesn't get easier....they do eat more! they do cost more! and they definitely DO more!!! wouldn't trade these days, but yes, they are harder in many ways!

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