Friday, February 22, 2013

Chair of the Dog

This chair was in my bedroom when I was little (circa 1962ish).  My mother covered it in emerald green velveteen and it has been that way since, stored away in her attic or wherever she could put it.  The foam inside was dry rotted and the fabric was stained and stinky.  Once I started deconstructing it, I decided I didn't want to put it back the way it was originally constructed.  We have some products now that were not available in the 1960s that make this type of upholstery much easier.  I'll show you.

This is the original fabric that came off.  It was made into a sort of a cushion with burlap on the back which was then tacked to the chair frame.  I don't know why this method was used but it doesn't make sense to me, so I part ways with the original chair right from the start.

The first thing to do is start clean.  The springs in this chair are a different kind of horizonal spring that is in great shape and doesn't need to be replaced.  I just needed to replace the rotted burlap that covered the springs.  (Another old coffee bag.)

I used a base of foam with cotton wadding over it, step by step layering until . . . . drumroll please . . . .

The Chair of THE Dog 


And here is the dog:

(I added height to the chair by using leg extenders that are intended to make it easier for elderly and handicapped people to get up and down.  They made the chair about 4" higher and the perfect height for my sewing table.

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