Upholstering Another Antique Chair! :)

I love re-upholstering antique chairs. As much as I love keeping the original essence of each piece, often it is in need of repair or updating.

I bought this antique needlepoint cushion chair for $9.99 at Value Village. The seat was falling out in the bottom a little bit.

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You can see the indent in the middle of the chair. I started pealing back the layers. And there was so much dust. Robert said “I hope I don’t get the plague. There must be some disease hidden in the layers of dust.”

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The main problem is that the woven straps had frayed and broken at the edges. I had wanted to keep the straps to use again. I went back and forth between wanting to be authentic and using modern materials to highlight the original beauty. So I opted to use new straps and staples as opposed the the original nails.

I was happier with this than I would have been washing the old straps for hours. And hopefully not getting the plague.

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I then put 1.5(?) inch foam on top but I noticed that the straps sagged a little so I added 3 layers of batting just in the middle. Then I put batting over top all of that.

I was searching for the best fabric to showcase the wood. I contemplated a pattern or red but I thought it would look best with cream (of course). I also wanted it to be a little velvety/suede like.

Surprisingly I found the exact one I wanted very quickly.

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I serger-ed the edges and stapled it on. I also found the trim I wanted fairly quickly as well. Again, I contemplated a contrasting shade but I didn’t like the 3 colors of the wood, trim, and fabric together.

Here is the finished product.

I think it looks a lot cleaner next to my vanity and other white chair.

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I also kept the original purchase tag on the chair.

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Buying MORE Furniture

So…..

I bought more furniture.

2 side tables, 4 chairs, and a headboard and footboard to be exact.

How does it all fit in the house you ask? Well, I sell some and move others.

But! In my defense, we did need the 4 dining chairs even though those were not what I was initially buying furniture for.

The company Antique or Unique is a online company who purchases antique and vintage wood furniture from individual parties and sells it online. This way he keeps his overhead low.

Which is exactly why I follow him on Facebook. So, on Saturday I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and I found this:

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It was $50 and I had to have it. I asked Robert and he said yes so we drove 45 minutes one way.

It was the 1940’s mahogany with the same drawer pull as my coffee table and everything else in my house.

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See, it matches.

I had decided it would replace the leather insert side table in the living room.

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While I was looking at the drop-leaf table I saw this one right near it for $45.

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I told Robert on the drive there I could only get 2 things which is one more than we originally were going to the warehouse for. Unless we find dining chairs, then I could get 4 of those also.

So as we were checking out. I saw the chairs in the back and asked how much each one was. I was thinking also $30 or $40. BUT! He said all of his chairs were $15 each. I excused myself and went over to them.

We got 4.

They don’t have any cushion or upholstery (post coming later) so we are going to get fabric soon.

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The small pumpkin is for the cat.

I ended up with exactly what Robert and I agreed on me being allowed to get. Though really, I would have gotten more if I saw more things I liked.

While we were there I saw a twin mahogany headboard and footboard for $125. Which I wanted to replace the brass one I had previously. (Free with the bed.)

 

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Not very pretty since everything else I have is mahogany. But I had actually seen the exact same one (actually there were 2) at a thrift store where I live for $50. So the next day I went over and promptly bought it.

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I think it looks beautiful. Full twin bed post coming later.

I love everything. All of it for $250 including the upholstery fabric and supplies. 🙂

 

Drexel Mahogany Dresser

When I moved into my condo I needed a new dresser. But I didn’t just want to go out to Target or Ikea and get one. I also didn’t want just a dresser. I wanted an antique dresser.

I fell in love with Drexel Mahogany furniture. I already had a nightstand/side table and I kept seeing these around on Craigslist and OfferUp.

There were various ones but I fell in love with this one:

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It was about $250+tax+shipping. But I had to think about it since it was so expensive. I waited about a week and they had a 20% off sale. So I got it! It was $252.20 after everything.

I love it. It is super solid and made so well. It truly is like “they don’t make them like they used to.”

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Here it is after I got it home. It has been moved since the photo was taken.

I really can’t get over how much I love my antique pieces in my house.

One of my friends told me I was like an addict jonesing for furniture. “Got any more of those antiques?!”

Messy to Organized Shoe Shelves

I had been hating my current shoe shelves:

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Forgot to take a before pic so I put the shoe racks back after “we” put the brackets up.

It looked like a mess and my shoes kept falling off. And they were always in the way. And it was frustrating since I couldn’t access all of them.

Not to mention that the spaces are all the same height so it is difficult to add my boots. I did take out a few of the rods and then they fit but then it looked weird. Also the heels kept catching the rods so I would have to turn them sideways.

I previously had one that looked like this but it broke because of the weight. The plastic on the bottom folded in and the entire rack tilted like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. But I did take a few rods out and that worked well.

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The only old pic I have just after I moved in.

I considered buying another shoe rack like it but they were expensive and none were as “industrial” as I had wanted.

So then I went to Pinterest and I found this:

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Pinterest floating shelves

I loved how clean and organized it was. The only thing I didn’t like was how thick the shelves were. I know floating shelves need to be wider to accommodate hiding the bracket but I didn’t like it.

I had 43 inches of shoe space between the dresser and the men’s dressing valet. Which meant I wanted 42 inches of shelf so I could maximize the space. Unfortunately they only sell shelves by the foot. 24, 36, and 48 inches. I looked everywhere and thought about cutting them but the laminate would have broken.

I also looked at floating shelves at Home Depot and online at Ikea (which happened to be the 42 inches I wanted.) but they were 1. expensive per shelf and I needed at least 6, and 2. I still didn’t like the thickness.

I decided I wanted to get the 36 inch shelves with the cheapest brackets I could find. The total was about $60 and the hard work of Robert to put up.

Here it is part of the way done.

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They only had 8 brackets not 12 so I had to put the project on hold for a dance convention until I could go to a different store to get more.

And the finished product!

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You can see the spaces spaced out to fit the boots vs. the heels. I like the variation.

Bonus tip: Add a cut pool noodle to your boots to get them to stand straight. They have different thicknesses depending on the width of your boot.

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Cutting my Comforter Down to Size

I went to every store I could think of. Department, thrift, furniture, home goods, and everywhere online and looked at 2,000+ photos of bedspreads and I couldn’t find one I liked.

Here are a some of the comforters I actually bought and didn’t like for various reasons.

I wanted the following criteria:

1. Cream/white color

2. Texture of some kind – NOT printed on

3. Not a pattern like flowers or squares. – Filigree was ok.

I didn’t think it was a very long list. But I couldn’t find those criteria anywhere. I bought and returned about 10 comforters before finding this one (I didn’t pay nearly full price for it):

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Macy’s Hotel Collection Woven Duvet

It is strip-ey with white, cream, and silver it was also woven not printed. Which made it perfect.

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Comforter Fabric Close Up

Just one problem. It was HUGE. I would have bought a twin size for my full mattress if they had it. They didn’t. So I got the full/queen which is still huge on the queen. But I have a full mattress so it made it even bigger.

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Yes the photo is blurry. I didn’t think I would need a good photo of this to put online for everyone to see.

I let it drag on the floor on one side. Then it became summer and I put it away for a cooler blanket.

I recently got it back out and decided that I wanted to cut it down to the size I wanted.

But I realized I wanted the duvet cover instead so I wouldn’t have to cut the duvet inside. And it made for easy washing.

It must have driven other people crazy at my “specificness” as I like to call it – others may say I am “picky”. All my life I have wanted things that just weren’t offered because they weren’t what most consumers wanted. Such as my Red Sheets story to come later. So I had to make due and customize many of my items and clothes.

I measured, and checked, and talked about it, and thought about it. and checked again, and then I finally decided. And after everything was said and done, I decided I should’ve added a few more inches. About 3 inches to be exact. Which at the last minute I decided to cut off.

 

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I taped it to make sure I cut in a straight line.

I started by seam ripping to take the piping so I could sew it back on. It took me about an hour and a half.

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The cat wanted to help.

The sewing didn’t take very long at all which was nice. And you can barely tell that it was cut at all.

Before and after.

I think it turned out well. I wish, as I said, that I had added a few extra inches so it would bend downward rather than sticking out. But you live and you learn.

Why I cut it so short rather than just making it so it doesn’t touch the ground you ask?  I sleep with my feet outside the covers so I don’t want to struggle to move.

I got the twin duvet insert from Amazon. I had to get a twin and a queen and make them fit together to get what I wanted. Yes, I do feel like Goldilocks.

I feel like it looks so much better. And I definitely sleep better at night. It feels like a weight is lifted off me. 😉

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Reupholstering My Vanity Chair

Here is the story of how I reupholstered my vanity chair.

I got my beautiful antique vanity for $150 including the chair with what I believe is the original fabric. (Obviously the picture is when I first got it since it is completely covered in make up now.)
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Antique vanity and chair

I have a beautiful bedspread and sheets and pillows.

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Bedspread from Macy’s Hotel Collection Woven Duvet. And a million pillows.

Then I found a beautiful antique dresser (can you see a theme?).

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From the 1940’s I believe. And in the left corner you can see my antique side table.

If everything else was perfect I might as well have my chair match my duvet and have it be a little more comfortable.

It cost me under $10 to reupholster. I already had the staple gun and staples otherwise it would have been about $20.

I went to JoAnn Fabrics in search of the perfect fabric…

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L to R: 1. Too Geometric, 2. Beautiful but color and country, 3. Too much black, 4. Too plain.

And even more fabric.

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L to R: 5. Too yellow, 6. Expensive but highly considered, 7. Too shiny and plain, 8. Embossed and looked too country and like a quilt.

 

I finally settled on one not pictured. Then I went to Hobby Lobby and got quilt batting and I was ready.

I wanted to leave the old fabric on since it may be original just in case I ever wanted to revert back.

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I cut the batting to size, sewed the fabric edges and stapled the fabric top-bottom-side-side so it didn’t stretch weird.

This is the fabric I chose:

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And…The finished product!

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I think it turned out well. I feel like it looks much cleaner.

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