1950's Paoli Chair Re-upholstery by Thimblehollow

Summary

Category:
Home & Decoration
Pattern:
Status:
Complete
Started:
2013-05-01T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2013-05-31T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:
None

Description

I found a GREAT Paoli Chair, Co. vintage chair by the side of the road in someone's trash.  I believe it is from the 1950's or 60's.  It was pretty sorry looking, with dirty, worn out orange fabric, but it had beautiful Mid-Century Modern lines and appeared a straight forward re-upholstery job.  I decided to tackle it!  The fabric I bought online at JoAnn Fabric.  It is called "Summerscape/Graphite".  It is hard to pick out fabric online, and the scale is larger than I thought, but when it arrived...I LOVED IT!  Whew. 
 
It took me a couple weeks, with a busy life butting in frequently, but I couldn't be happier.

Pictures

Found Conditon
Old, yucky fabric
Deconstruction
What's inside?
Showing myself how to put it back together

Loves

Howjudiofyou
Lorihdesigns

Comments

crimsonrabbit

Fab chair (would definitely say it's 50s with those legs / feet) and fab recovery job you've done there! Love the fabric too - well done you! smile

Lorihdesigns

This looks awesome! I would love to try this. Did you use a tutorial? Or do you have any tips?

Terryt1955

I love the fabric you chose! Gorgeous!! And my neighbor had these chairs in their living room. They were already dated and that was 1968. What a wave of nostalgia seeing this chair!

Juline

I LOVE saving beauties like this. Nicely done!

Mymble

Super job and the fabric looks awesome- just wonderful!

Terryt1955

Did you replace the foam on the back or were you able to take out the buttons and reuse? Did you wrap batting around the cushion/foam before covering it.

Jennifleur

Wow! You did a great job saving a beautiful chair. Love the fabric you re-upholsted it with.

Thimblehollow

crimsonrabbit Thank you so much!

Thimblehollow

Lorihdesigns Hi Lori! No, I didn't use any tutorials. I just took lots of pictures as I deconstructed so I could work backwards putting it together again. That helps a lot. You always think you will remember, but inevitably you don't. If you ever do it and need advice, let me know. Go for it!

Thimblehollow

Terryt1955 And you can't believe how comfortable they are. That's why I decided to invest in it.

Thimblehollow

Terryt1955 I did replace the foam because as you can see in the "What's inside" picture, the foam was REALLY deteriorated, and in small rectangles to help with the tufting. However, there was a thick layer of batting up against the back that I reused and wrapped more new batting around it, then put the foam on top. I did not wrap the foam itself with anything. I though about it and then decided not to.

Thimblehollow

Jennifleur Thanks, Jennifleur.

Thimblehollow

Juline Thanks, Juline. I stood at the street for a long time looking at it and debating whether I really wanted to tackle it, asking myself if I really had the time. Finally I decided I could NOT let it go to the dump. I'm so glad I made that decision. It was worth the effort.

Thimblehollow

Lorihdesigns I thought of something else that is VERY important when reupholstering, Lori. I try to get each piece of the old fabric off in one piece. I then use it as a pattern for the new fabric. It helps tremendously.

Thimblehollow

Mymble Thanks for your kind words.

Lorihdesigns

Thimblehollow oooo thanks for that tip! I think I might try and go to some flea markets this summer and try to find a cheap chair to try this on. You have inspired me to learn new things! Thanks for all of your help!

Thimblehollow

Lorihdesigns You are so welcome. Happy hunting!

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