Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Table and Chair

I finished my round, green, damask table. It looks really nice and I like how it turned out.

Here's a view of the base and you can see the black glazing I did.
I decided to give this table to my sister-in-law who just bought her first house. I hope she likes it!

So, I bought this bamboo chair the day I picked up my garage full of furniture. I decided to work on it the other day and that's when I realized this chair is OLD.

Here's the before:

Here you can see the goat hair (I'm guessing?) cushioning and the handmade nails (they were each unique and very sharp on the end!) that were used to upholster it. Since I've never seen or heard of a piece of furniture upholstered with nails before, I'm guessing this chair predates the use of staples and is over 100 years old. Anyone have any guesses?

The seat bottom was really old burlap and burlap straps woven underneath.
I took pictures as I took it apart (hence the above) and put it back together the same way. I bought some utility fabric to replace the burlap, but since the goat hair and batting was still in good condition and didn't smell, I reused it. The chair is super comfy!

I decided to paint the chair red and upholster it with this Asian fan fabric my mom gave me a few years ago. I seriously love how it turned out!
Here's a close up of the fabric:
This chair is going in my foyer next to my blue bookcase which will soon be black and gold. I can't wait to get started on it!

For kicks, I decided to look up the price for new faux bamboo chairs since they seem to be popular. The most similar to mine I could find currently sales for almost $400! I got mine for $3! I love a good deal. :)

Linking to House of Hepworths and:


Anonymous said...

They look really good Amanda. You could probably sell them for a decent return on your investment.


Robert and Cassie said...

That looks awesome! Every project is so exciting, especially to see the end result! That is so awesome that it is so old :) Love old things!

christini yogini said...

Nice!!! Amazing find on the chair & the table turned out really spectacular; great job!


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