Thursday, April 7, 2011


Recently, a neighbor gave us this Victorian-era chair. He was going to throw it in the trash. It was upholstered in needlepoint, which was probably appropriate; but it was poorly done. I tried to salvage and clean the needlepoint, but it couldn't be done. I can probably make a pillow from some of the needlepoint in the future.

The back of the chair was broken apart as shown on the left. Bob did his magic in the workshop, then we upholstered it in this blue velvet.

This was my first try at a double cording. I think that in the future when working with heavy fabric like velvet, I will buy a thinner cord to cover. This welting turned out to be about 1/2 inch wide, and it probably would have looked better a little narrower.

The detail on this walnut chair is wonderful with the carving and burl insert.

We haven't decided yet if we are going to keep the chair or sell it.

I'm joining the following parties this week:

for Met Monday

for Wow Us Wednesdays

for Transformation Thursday

for Open House Party on Thursday

for Vintage Inspiration Friday

for Feathered Nest Friday

Be sure to check out these blogs for all of the inspiration provided.


Unknown said...

My, what a new fabric can do for a chair ... it is luxurious!

Have a beautiful weekend.

FUN GIVEAWAY ends 4/10

lvroftiques said...

It never ceases to amaze me what some people will throw away! Thank goodness you rescued it Sally! And obviously you two were the RIGHT people because the chair is now even better than before! Great job! Vanna

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Sally I love that Eastlake chair and how pretty it looks now Job well done my friend..Hope you have a GREAT weekend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

The chair is gorgeous and you did a wonderful job of recovering it. Beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Marilyn said...

Nice work! It would look great in a Victorian home. ♥♫

Picket said...

Morning girl...the chair detail is gorgeous and the blue is so pretty on it..very royal looking! I hope you have great weekend sweetie....Picket

Anonymous said...

I love this Sally! It's beautiful!

Shelia said...

Hi Sally! Oh, this is gorgeous! What a pretty blue and you are just amazing! What can you not do.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

I think this one is a keeper, Sally!

I have a little antique shop and it's often hard parting with so many items I find. Now when I bring something home I can't live without, I try to take something out of the house and sell it to make room for the new piece. My husband keeps telling me this is the way to stay in business! Ha! Easy for him to say, right?
Gorgeous blue velvet.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Sally, I am so glad you were able to save this pretty chair! Thanks so much for sharing this transformation at my party.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh Sally, that is amazing! What a beautiful chair, and even more beautiful now. you and your husband are so talented, and I'm glad you rescued this chair. laurie

Debra@CommonGround said...

You all did a great job! The blue velvet and cording is really so pretty. glad you were able to rescue it, thanks so much for linking up for the party!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

We be you are lovin' that chair now - and to think it would have been in the trash - yikes!
We've always wanted to try reupholstering...but still haven't tried it out yet :)
Enjoy your new chair!
Karla & Karrie

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Wow- the new fabric looks fantastic on that chair! I love it- well done! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

My Dream Canvas said...

This is so lovely. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas!

Susie Q said...

Okay. When can you come here and stay for a year or two? I have all sorts of jobs for you!! *grin* You are amazing...just amazing!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That chair is gorgeous. Love the blue velvet. I can't believe someone was going to throw that out. Thanks for joining WUW.

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Fabulous! I've been dreaming about this fabric for a chair myself. You did a beautiful job!