I’ll Get the Chair for This

Can you keep a secret?  I mean, really, like not tell ANYONE?  Cuz it looks like I may have committed a crime and I have to get it off my chest.  Can I trust you?

Oh geez, put the phone down, I’m just talking about a design crime.  And no jury in the world would convict me after it sees the evidence!  I’ll leave it up to you.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I present to you Exhibit One:

An unassuming chair that had seen better days, but with fine lines and a proud lineage.

Suspecting a design icon in the rough, Ms. Palooza purchased this chair for the (what should probably also be criminal!) low price of $7.00 and spirited it away to a location she refers to as Craft Purgatory.  Ominous, no?

Her internet research turned up a very similar specimen, designated as a Saarinen office chair by Knoll.

However, the chair in her possession bore a brand name of Virco and had only four casters, not five.  Additionally, when Ms. Palooza viciously tore into the chair with a screwdriver and pliers, this is what she found:









The chair literally fell apart in her hands and spewed ancient upholstery foam debris (see second picture above) throughout her house.  After a halfhearted attempt at DIY upholstery, Ms. Palooza had it professionally reupholstered and now it looks like this!

Here endeth the Perry Mason (yes, I am 67 years old) bit.

So I bought this chair at a thrift store and it was disgusting.  I tell myself it’s a Saarinen knockoff so I can sleep at night, but I know there are design purists out there who are probably crying, “Sacrilege!”  In any case, I think it looks great!  i’d love to hear what you think, even if it involves design prison!

Thanks for stopping by!

Let’s hit the head

HeadBOARD, that is!

I was recently in my local Savers store and saw this grody headboard.  It was marked $19.99 and I thought it had potential, but I have a garage full of furniture with potential, so I gritted my teeth and walked away from it.

About a week later, I popped into Savers to see what was new.  Lo and behold, the headboard was still there, so I took it as a sign that it was meant to be mine, and I hauled that baby up to the register!

Next came the hunt for the fabric to recover the center part.  I searched just about every fabric store near me and found a couple prints that were almost what I wanted, but I don’t like to spend money on something unless it makes me go, “Oh, it’s perfect!,” so the hunt continued.  I did find a plain deep aqua fabric that was the perfect weight and price at JoAnn, and I got a sudden inspiration to make my OWN print with a fabric stencil.

Although the stenciling was much easier (the spray adhesive is the key) than I expected, it was time-consuming, so I only stenciled the parts that would show!  Meanwhile, I gave the frame a couple coats of glossy white paint.  I Febrezed the heck out of the padded section of the headboard and stretched the freshly-hatched fabric right over the original fabric.  You’ll find out soon enough – I’m not one to make work for myself!

Below is the result of my labors.  I’m really happy with the way it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by.  I’d love to hear your comments, and I look forward to seeing you again soon!