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Friday, June 17, 2016

A weekend of STRIPPING! ( update)

Every summer, I create another pair of Valences for our French Doors
that goes to the garden...So this is the fabric that I chose on your right...
We have Buffalo Plaid in grey and white in our kitchen and window bench
so these will compliment them to a T. It is buttercream with splashes of soft to light greys..

I have lot's of lace too, so we have to have some on the bottom and these
too will be lined...So this is my first stripping project...... ( stripping window coverings) 
read on, about my second wink..

Update: one side almost done! 
Ok got one almost completed....with out lace and with...
I like with...so that I do all by hand, as it looks nicer without
a top stitch.... and these are lined..





Meanwhile this vintage chair required some very careful stripping..

OH MY did you hear me SCREAM? ---when I removed
the fabric with my trusty tack remover and revealed  the seat..
some wee bugs came out....the back and seat were covered
with horse hair and HAY or STRAW...( not sure which one it was) 
and there was a couple decomposed critters..
Have no idea what since I  was very quick in discarding the layers
that were under this very vintage chair...




Polyurethane coated palm
Seamless polyester knit shell
Ergonomic form
snug-fitting wrist
2“old south” patterns: cherries and florals
Made for a woman’s hand


With working with so much fabric, I try to keep gloves
on when I am working with tools..
So these are part of my necessary TOOLS! 


So I stripped the chair discarded all the inners
and kept the fabric as it will be great templates for 
my Buffalo Plaid in Yellow...
This is what I am going to cover this chair with...

This vintage chair has a good skeleton, I removed the cardboard back 
and will add some jute webbing for support.  I even have a vintage webbing tool..
I sanded it all down with my electric sander
and coated it with a primer...

This afternoon after completing some new valences, I will head
out with some of my fabric to match the paint perfectly with the soft cream
of the buffalo plaid...

Tomorrow we will be heading out on a mini cooper tour
with over 70 other owners.. 
So David and I and MINMUF, the name of my my mini
will be touring for a few hours..

You gotta love owners of MINI COOPERS!

So on Sunday I will resume in painting my vintage side chair
and it will be ready for upholstering next week..

I  don't rush the process, I so enjoy every moment
of bringing something from the 40's back to life....
sans critters. lol




24 comments:

  1. Loving the colors and fabrics! The chair bones are awesome but I would freak out if I saw bugs! Thank goodness for your working gloves!

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    1. Hi Dawn,...I did freak out...had to walk away for a bit to compose myself lol Ohhh I have learned from the past to always wear gloves now lol. And it is a very sturdy chair, I believe the wood is cherry... so I am sure it will last for many more decades, long before I am gone..I actually wrote down the history of the chair and the date I started it...on the frame below..

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  2. Wow, it is coming along nicely Samm. I too enjoy this process. I am ready to start painting, but may put it off as I have a bit of sewing to do at the moment. MORE bunnies... don't ask. Anyway, I am still playing with this idea I have for my chair cover. It is such a beautiful day today, I am washing and hanging quilts on the line. I just love my tulip quilt... I think it is my favorite for the bed. Can't wait to see your curtains. LOVE your new fabric!!! Perfection. x

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    1. Hi Cori..yes the process/journey is what I so love the most...in the past I would complete something in a day, no sleep and stress about it...now I do a bit at a time and love that I very rarely make mistakes, funny how that happens, as we mature....lol bunnies, tulip quilt....have I seen the quilt? ...ohhh I am sitting here breaking for a bit....hand sewing the lace will take a bit...as I have to sew it all by hand on both sides of hem..... Bunnies...colours....?

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  3. I was wondering if you were going to paint the chair. It's going to be so pretty! Speaking of pretty, so are those gloves! :) Be safe on you mini tour.

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    1. HI Theresa.... I was going to stain, but the wood is so dark I could not sand it enough to get it lighter...so I will match it perfectly with the fabric...it will be a soft cream colour...
      Ohh the gloves are nice too and light as a feather but protective .....yes mini tour will be nice...we will be in the country I think....it is not far from some lovely trails..

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  4. I have a very similar chair. I took the fabric off the back (it may have been years ago already) and the project stalled. You are inspiring me to get back to it and figure out how to get Grandma's chair finished.

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    1. Ohhh Beth...continue love to see yours....if you have zig zag springs...be sure to get a piece of felt, something I just learned to keep them from squeaking, then foam and batting... if no springs, cut your wood and place on top of frame for seat them foam and batting...There is something about updating a piece of furniture on your own....xx

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  5. Can't wait to your work-in-progress as I have a couple of chairs waiting for me to do. Have fun on your mini-tour!

    Hugs !

    Libby

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    1. Hi Libby....well get going girl....what is stopping you lol. and thanks minmuf is ready...x

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  6. I am looking forward to seeing your chair when it is finished. I think those bugs would really freak me out, dead or not. Your valances are very pretty too.

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    1. Hi Cathie....I will show steps as I progress, a lot goes into it and I still have to make some double welt cording....it will finish it off nicely...and yes bugs, of any kind if they move, I am out of here..the other day I stepped on a dead mouse...I almost fainted lol

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  7. Critters...big, little, dead or alive......I don't like them but living rural I have learned to deal with them....up to and including removing snakes ( non- venomous and a couple quite large ones) from my hen house on several occasions. I am a big fan of work gloves too, and work boots for outside, and bug spray...I hate chiggers! Chair is looking good. I need to research where to get some supplies for upholstering. The only place semi local that had it went out of business. A tack puller, I think I need one of those, better check my tool box!

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    1. Ohhh my I hear you Mary Ann, hate anything that is smaller than a saucer....and smaller of course...anything larger I can deal with as long as they are not in the house lol.
      I am such a city girl...Listen re: supplies...I am going to tell you the best prices are on ebay...I get almost 75% there...I got a tack puller at a local hardware...really cheap..under 10.00...the rest webbing, felt, felt puller, cording..all on ebay...Foam I have a local guy who makes foam, so I just go there....ahhh electric nail gun is good!

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  8. It is always surprising what you find in those old pieces. It will be gorgeous.

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    1. Hi Mary....sometimes you just have to strip to see the real beauty winkx

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  9. Love the curtains (with lace!). I have refinished old furniture and recovered a recliner chair in the past--this is not for the faint hearted! Lots of work yields lots of rewards though, as you get to enjoy the fruits of your labours. This chair will be awesome. Enjoy your ride today.

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    1. HI Ev, we both have that in common LACE...I have a few pieces just waiting for the next project...this one was really perfect..I will finish the other curtain this evening...
      and then to paint my chair and get ready for the fabric covering...gosh I love this....and yes the fruits are so sweet for doing it...xx

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  10. Sam I love that lace that you're using and the yellow buffalo plaid is going to be perfect. We're all going to be so jealous! It's a busy weekend for me....I have 6 trays of zucchini and 2 trays of cilantro in the dehydrator. I wonder if cilantro flavored zucchini is going to be any good if those two scents mix! :) I've got 7 quarts of fresh green beans in the caner, clothes in the washer and dryer, and I'm beginning the packing for our trip next week. Our son and his family are coming to stay in our house while we're going so I'm also going through and removing all my sewing stuff from where the children might get stuck with a needle! Hope your mini cooper tour is great fun! blessings, marlene

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    1. Hi Marlene....oh my you have been busy....again wish we were closer to each other, we could be sharing all of our canning....Have a wonderful safe trip and God Speed, sweetie

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  11. Your talents and accomplishments are truly endless. Love your French Door Valences...with lace. Grand old chair and it will be so stunning after your re-work. I, too, would have screamed at finding critters. Always wear gloves! When I was l very young girl, my daddy offered me and my younger sisters money for every tomato horn worm we could get off the tomato plants. He gave each of us a small coffee can with some liquid in it to put the worms into. I was doing really well and the nickels were adding up nicely...until my mother began screaming at me! She was mad because I had her tongs and oven mitts from the kitchen. Well, you didn't think I was actually going to touch those nasty smelly green worms!

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    1. Good Morning Sherry,I just completed the other valence late last evening....a new look, perfect for the summer ...One little change really makes a difference... Ohhhhh my picking worms off of plants...no way , could not do it...even with oven mitts... now that is very funny...x

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  12. Looking forward to seeing your chair all complete - it will be fantastic!

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    1. I think so too Karen...finished the valences..today I will paint the chair....x

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