Upholstery Complete!

5 Sep

Drum roll please…..

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Let me present Dusty’s transformation into Goldie!

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She is finally finished! I can’t believe this has nearly taken me a year –  as one of my best friends said, she managed to conceive and deliver a child in the time it took me to complete this project, and the baby was 2 weeks late!

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As this picture attests, I used individual pins rather than strip. Obviously this was considerably more time consuming, but I suppose (hope) all the more satisfying as I tapped in the last one. I found pinning the tacks much harder than I expected, but I guess it is one of those things that you improve at with practice, as I really sped up my technique as I progressed with the activity. I also recently learned that there is a spacing tool you can buy, which means you can line up 4 pins at a time and hammer them in. Perhaps I would have found that little nugget of information useful sooner!

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This might be a good opportunity to apologise meekly to my neighbours, who had to listen to me hammer away for an hour each evening for weeks as I endeavoured to complete the work. So, “Sorry”, although I can’t guarantee that I won’t attempt some more audible crafting project in the future!

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Of course, because the foam was already fixed in place when I recovered the panels, there were some areas which were ridiculously difficult to pin – endless attempts were made (and nerves lost) trying to neatly fix the seams on the far edge of the armrests and the lower edges of the backrest of the chair.

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Also, I’m happy enough with how the tufting turned out, although I’m sure anyone with half a skill at upholstery will see the numerous flaws in the result.   I certainly wouldn’t attempt this with such a variety of fabrics ever again – I suppose it’s lucky that I don’t plan to recover this item for at least 20 years!

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However, in some ways it seems fitting that I chose these materials. As I mentioned right at the start of this project, the bench was handed down to me by my Grandparents, who also happened to source me a fabulous Christmas gift last year – an entire bag full of furnishing material off-cuts from a friend of theirs. The furniture and the fabric therefore really had to go together, and I hope they are pleased with the result. Thanks N&G!

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The bench has been displayed in my hallway, for no other reason than that I am so proud of the piece that I want to see it from the doorway of every room.

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2 Responses to “Upholstery Complete!”

  1. Martine 09/06/2013 at 20:41 #

    Superb…I like the end result! Well done,Carlyxx

    Like

  2. ukcitycrafter 09/09/2013 at 17:31 #

    I am so impressed with the transformation, well done.

    Like

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