Perry and I had the opportunity to travel to Mexico for a couple of weeks. I refurbished this Hello Kitty themed child’s chair as a thank you for our dear friend, Kim, who watched over our cherished animal family while we were away.
Kim and her father bought the chair frame as a project that ended up gathering dust. Last year, she gifted it to me knowing I would do something fun with it. Little did she know it would find its way back to her.
The frame itself was in perfect condition. It even included the wood spline for the new seat. A little wood cleaner and lemon oil and the frame was as good as new.
The cane seat was my education. Fortunately, it required a Pre-woven cane instead of being woven on the chair frame. It was as easy as replacing the screen on a screen door. The only difference is the cane goes on wet. I was a little nervous that the seat might not be tight enough but as the cane dried, it tightened up quite nice.
The Hello Kitty cushions were a nod the Kim’s granddaughter, Amerie Clair. It is a child’s chair, after all and I knew this would make a nice heirloom piece for Kim to pass on to her first born granddaughter.
Kimmy – Thank you my trusted friend, for taking such good care of our little family!
Here is a quick little barstool rehab that I did. Not exciting but the client was pleased and that’s what counts the most!
LOVE this piece. This is a custom deco daybed that was in beautiful condition. Judgin from the construction techniques, I would say it was built in the 1930’s. The client wanted the change out the cover for something a little more stimulating. That is exactly what she got with this fabulous black and white graphic. It was fun to work outside the beige family of fabrics!
OK — It’s no secret that I don’t really care for slip covers. For the cost and labor, I think it’s just easier to reupholstered. I have to admit this one turned out pretty cute with the cowboy novelty fabric that the client selected.
The before shows the chair in a chintz ship cover and then the cowboy slip cover I made. The client was moving to New Mexico and wanted to have some western influence in her decor as soon as she unpack. I think she got it!
Suzie needed a little color on her futon daybed. I think she got it! I made all 6 of her new large 24″ pillow covers.
Introducing my 2 new work horses. The Juki DNU-1541 Walking foot sewing machine and Juki DDL-5550 Single Needle Lock stitch sewing machine.
I am in love with the lock stitch machine. It sews like a dream with power the power of a Harley. I sew like a grandma on it because it’s so fast. The dealer asked if I wanted the speed tuned down, I told him I will get used to it!
The Walking Foot machine still scares me. It’s like the butchest sewing machine I have ever seen. It sews leather, Vinyl and heavy fabric of all kinds. The needles are as think as nails.
With these 2 machines I have greatly improved my stitch quality, not to mention, the range of projects I can take on.
Dougitha Goodboy just stepped up his game!
This Danish Modern lounge chair and ottoman was a fun little job. The original wool tweed had worn through and the owners want it replaced. The whole cover is a tailored tube that you slip over the padded frame. Once adjusted correctly, then the tufting secures the cover in place.
This was a quick little redo for a new client. The customer had lamented how hard it is to find good sturdy new furniture that doesn’t break the bank. She found this little chair at a thrift shop and asked me to recover it.
Voila! A sturdy straight back chair for about $125 including the chair, reupholstery, new foam and fabric.
This little Ottoman got a quick facelift with a slip cover. I padded the top panel so that it appears to be a tight upholstery job. I think the effect worked nicely. Not bad for someone that dislikes slipcovers. 🙂
This is a little redo I did for a recent client. I learned how to build in lumbar support into the back cushion with this project. I am quite pleased with the final results… Even if the final results looks like I was trying to knock off Crate & Barrel!