The chair that started it all

chair before 2

I thought it would be appropriate to kick off the Before & After feature with my first ever makeover project.

I spotted this chair on the side of the road and despite not having a house to put it in (I was still living with my parents at the time) I couldn’t leave the poor thing. It was the beginning of my love of makeovers, fabric and mid-century furniture.

The paintwork was in terrible condition, so I planned to re-coat it in white. When I was sanding it back though, I discovered the beautiful timber and quality craftsmanship. After restoring the timber, I set to work re-covering the seat with this funky Amy Butler fabric. I left the existing upholstery on there and simply added another layer of wadding and used a staple gun to attach the fabric.

Update: full instructions here

Do you have a project that sparked a new hobby, or maybe even a new career?


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