Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Before and (One Third) After

BEFORE:
Three smelly, roadside-find chairs, with good bones.





AFTER:
(the removal of world’s stinkiest, mouldiest upholstery; four hours of orbital sanding; two applications of clear varnish on oak; an Echino themed fabric shop visit, replacement foam purchasings; hand stitchery;



compressed-air stapling and upholstery stud battering,



we have):

...

...

...suspenseful-type, drum roll scenario...

...

...

A. Chair.



I have a smile on the dial.



And blooming sore fingers.



Just a bit excited about the two, smelly, roadside-find chairs, with good bones, waiting in the wings!

Er...but you know me. P’raps best not hold your breath.

68 comments:

yardage girl said...

Excellent makeoverness! Betcha those chairs are happy about their bones now!

Julie said...

You've done a lovely job - I never get road side finds like that.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I love the chair, what a fantastic job, and a huge one. I do love it! I do! But the "a" makes my heart sing.

One Flew Over said...

Hmmm...beeeutiful!

Have been on ebay for weeks missing out on chair just like this (minus the mould)

x

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Gorgeous make over! Love the echino fabric.

**Anne** said...

Love, love, love your madeover chair. Have fun with the other two! :)
Anne xx

Michelle said...

They're absolutely gorgeous! And how wonderful that these poor neglected un-loved old chairs (that no doubt had a colourful past including wonderful family dinners) are given a new life. Love it! Michelle x

Kirsty said...

Super effort!

Get cracking with parts 2 & 3 would ya.

Nikki said...

Bet you can't stop looking at it....?

Smarvellous.

Lola Nova said...

Flippin' gorgeous! Oh how I love treasure found at the side of the road!

katiecrackernuts said...

It looks fabulous. Well done. The sore fingers are well worth it.

mel @ loved said...

LOVE!! Clever you and what a gorgeous fabric choice..

clare's craftroom said...

Oh my what a great job ! Love them bones.

Lizeylou said...

What a clever lady you are. Looks fantastic!

Sarah said...

That is SO GOOD! GOsh - I see thongs like this and I think - oh I could do this but know I would never pul it off... way to go!

Astrid said...

Gorgeous. And, after a month or so has passed, it seems fitting that we could ask, "What are you waiting for, a BUS?":) But really, love your fabric choices. Lucky little abandoned chairs, you have found your family.

Karen said...

Fabulous makeover!

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

I can certainly picture how much work was involved - well done!

It looks fantastic, and distinctive and well executed.

CurlyPops said...

And now you have a bloomin' masterpiece to sit on!

Anonymous said...

T
Lordie woman, is there anything you can't do..?

Apart from maybe bringing yourself to get Gary the tattooist to do his thing, there is not one thing I can think of.

You're an absolute inspiration.
W

teddybearswednesday said...

Brilliant! Perhaps this could be a new career path? xo

Andi said...

Clever chicken!! Is there any craft you can't master?
xx

momma rae said...

what a gorgeous chair! funny how i thought you got all three of them done in that time. ;) the beauty of this one will give you strength to press on, yes?

Jorth! said...

Blooming fantastic! I think I'm in love!

Vic said...

Nothing like echino for a crafty make-over!

Fantastic, really. I love them.

I can totally relate too to the sore fingers; having sewn copious amounts of fabric to a lounge chair & then a pram, I know that about 3 hours in you start to think "Maybe this wasn't such a great idea..." but you can't stop with a half covered piece so you keep on keeping on. It does make the end result even more gratifying though.

Shannon said...

nice one, ive got 6 skanky dining chairs for you to do when youre done with yours!

june at noon said...

Wow! Very impressed, though sorry about the sore hands. A. lovely makeover.

Tas said...

Holy moly. Is there no end to your talents? Want!

Jackie @ craftonmymind said...

Good on you for finishing a whole chair - hope that gives you the momentum to keep going, because it looks fantastic!

ange_moore said...

Fabulous chairs! Now sit down with your knitting and a cuppa and contemplate the other two chairs for a while (or perhaps you don't want to get too close to them until they're Echinoed too)!

Bellgirl said...

Yay! OUtstanding transformation! Gotta love a stinky roadside chair makeover.

Tanya said...

sadly your before photos look way better than my current kitchen chairs...so I was jealous at the 'before' photo stage. Imagine how I feel now I have seen the 'after'... don't have hard rubbish where I live. Obviously, otherwise I might have better chairs.

Rie said...

Awesome! It looks like a brand new chair, I would never have guessed it was a re-do!
Job well done!

Leonie @ Cuppa and Cake said...

Oh...my...I am speechless at the beauty that is radiating through my screen.

NOW THATS A MAKEOVER!!

Naturally Carol said...

I just love what you've done with those old bones!

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

So super duper cool! Makes me want to go trawling the streets for good bones.

librarygirl said...

oh wow Tania - fantastic job!

Sandrine said...

Yes we know you, you are amazing!!
Wow What a fine job you did Tania!!!Really !!!! I love that "a" too :)
I hope the fingers recover soon cause I can't wait for 2 and 3!!But hang on don't you need 5?! :)
Sandrine x

Kre8ive Life said...

That chair is sensational. I love it. Amazing. Oh can't wait to see the others. Totally inspiring.

Tammi said...

Holy Moly...that chair looks fan-friggin-tastic!!

Great Job.

x

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Brilliant. And what a lot of hard work you put in! On you go then, bus stop numbers 2 and 3!!

Margaret said...

Is there no end to your talents?! superb! Mx

Cass said...

OMG I love it so much you have done a fantastic job

Magdalena, The Craft Revival said...

Simply smashing! You've done a brilliant job on your roadside finds. I love a good freebie!

Squiggly Rainbow said...

Gorgeous!

Mookah said...

What a stunning transformation! The echino is a lovely modern choice. Can't wait to see the rest of the trio....

grrl + dog said...

well,
you Do have an eye.

Gives me hope for the huge rusty block of lockers

I dragged in...

Linda said...

Wow, your chair looks amazing!!!

Theresa (Miss Charlotte) said...

I love that fabric! You did a spectacular job, please don't give up! I'll keep sanding the maple cabinet doors we built (all 37 of them...and the 9 drawers) and start the staining assembly line if you start the other two. First one done gets the cookie! I must warn you, unless you have your own lusty woodsman, I just might finish first. But I know you can do it! Look at that lovely finished chair! Cheers.

Stomper Girl said...

Lots of people would pick up roadside crappe and not even get one-third of them new and improved. *ahem* So WELL DONE!

Adriana said...

It looks fantastic!
The timber has come up beautifully and the fabric is perfect.

Hope your fingers feel better soon!

Mama of 2 boys said...

Absolutely Stunning! I love it! And you are SO SO clever. A marvellous job Tania xo

Linda said...

It is GORGEOUS!!!!!! you are sooooo clever, I admire all the hard work you put in, I would of given up I think and so I would never have such an awesome chair as yours!!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

You've got a good eye ! As always , a design classic .... and the makeover is so beautifully done . Your heirs will thank you for generations to come .....
( Dutch heatwave update . 27C and , naturally everyone is flapping about how "benauwd" it is . Storm clouds approach .)

Magic Bean said...

Looking good, you scavenger. I lurve the fabric. Ax

Angus in Northcote said...

Street Treasure!

lily boot said...

is there anything more satisfying than footpath "shopping"! Your chairs look beautiful. we've been chairing as well (but I had to pay for this lot on ebay - just doesn't have the same thrill) - but have a couple of footpath finds that are waiting patiently on the front porch - we're thinking we'll go Jimmy Possum style on them - can't wait! Hope your chairs are getting much love :-)

Madeline said...

I'm drooling. Lovely.

Bonnie said...

ok, that is just fantastical! I cannot believe you transformed such a scary looking chair into something so freaking beautiful! I absolutely love, LOVE, that fabric...that is right up my alley! I love the big giant "a" as well...very cool. How did you get so cool...and talented? Your blog is always impressing me to no end. Hope you get around to the other 2 chairs!!

Ali said...

It's gloriousness takes my breath away. Worth every ounce of hard work. You've performed a chair miracle there!

Jessi said...

ridiculously bloody talented

Anonymous said...

There's a book this.

Flaming Nora said...

That is one most amazing chair. It really looks as though it has a tale to tell. Which I guess it does!
Sorry I haven't posted about my lovely brooch yet, my camera committed suicide and I'm waiting for a new one to arrive.

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

wow! you've done a great job and all that yuk stuff has become beautiful!!

One Crafty Mumma said...

Oh, wow! The transormation is amazing - well done :)
Loving your fabric choice.

Fer (checking in when I can) said...

A truly inspired transformation! No wonder you're so chuffed.

Suse said...

My mister says your weatherboards need painting. I say I love your chairs.

heather said...

i want to see how you did the hand stitchery....i keep looking at the sweetness of this chair wondering how you did that stitching. that is a very very very very very very very very very cool chair. smiling!