Thursday, September 17, 2009

My Upholstery (revisited)


Sorry to those of you who have seen this post before. I did a little editing of it and assumed when I re-posted it, it would go back to it's original spot (duh). I am really just posting it so I have a record of my old projects.
Our computer is on the go-slow and just about driving me crazy. I am sooo wanting to read all of your lovely blogs but it would take me all day :o( I've put in my order for a new computer so hopefully all will be well soon.


My first ever project (above)



Above is the chair of a lounge suite (2.5 seater and 2 chairs) I bought at a garage sale for $50. I sold it for $1000.


Before (above)


After (above)


Above and below. I bought these 2 at a garage sale for $20. They were identical until I covered them and changed the feet.







So now that I have got the hang of the scanner I can put up some photos of my upholstery projects. I did a 12 session upholstery class and then basically taught myself. As sometimes happens, word soon spread and I found myself inundated with requests to upholster lounge suites and chairs. It was a fast learning curve and yet I am still (10 years later) still learning as I go. I love a challenge...even if it does have me in a crying heap on the floor saying "I'll never be able to finish this". The end result is always worth it...bit like child birth huh? Okay , nothing like child birth, although I do recall having a few staples removed, ouch, lol.

Today's images are of some of the projects I did for myself. I prefer those as I get to choose the fabric. It's hard to spend so much time and effort on something when the fabric you've been given is not what you would have chosen but I did learn to appreciate that everyone has different tastes!

Once again, sorry about the poor picture quality, argh.

Ange

15 comments:

MelsRosePlace said...

Wow Ange you are so talented ! I have often wished i had some upholstery or even sewing skills! Love the childbirth comment lol !
Melxx

The Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Ange, my god you have talent girl. You have done an amazing job on these pieces. Thanks for sharing, looking forward to seeing more. Have a good weekend. Sandy

Dreaming In Pink With Roses said...

Ange! Beautiful upholstering! That is a lot of hard work that went into those pieces!! I wish you lived near me! I have a sofa that could use your excellent skills!

Thank you for sharing these with us! you are so talented with everything! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! ~ Hugs ~ Teresa

chair up said...

Thanks Mel, Sandy and Teresa for your words of encouragement, they gave me quite a boost!
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend. School holidays for us so we're in relax mode, yay.
Ange

Sarah said...

Hi Ange,
You are one very clever cookie, what a difference those lounges looked after you weaved you magic on them.
Can't wait to see what else you have for us to see.
Have a great weekend.
~S~

chair up said...

Hi Sarah
Wish it was as easy as waving a magic wand!
Enjoy your weekend.
Angex

brismod said...

Wow! They look absolutely terrific. Great that you have a record of it too. Have a nice week-end Ange! Oh and your house and garden in NZ was gorgeous. Cheers Anita

blushing rose said...

You are awesome, AMAZING! What a wonderful talent ... love them all!! Have a great weekend. TTFN ~Marydon

The Shabby Cottage said...

Ange can I have your email address please. sandypalmer@bigpond.com
thanks Sandy

The Pink Poodle said...

hi wonder woman you!!...omg..you are ONE talented woman!!
I would have NO IDEA HOW to re cover anything/reupholster...& i admire that you went to a few lessons...I would probably crack it after the first...I would throw a tantrum saying I CANNOT DO IT!!!

we shall not go into childbirth having had a 9 pound something buffhead some 20 yrs ago!!! re my 2nd child!! he is gorgeous now..BUT still has a BIG HEAD re his muscle prowess!!lol..

xx andrea
lol..

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

Beautiful work!
Alicia :0)

Elise said...

You really do have a talent - such beautiful work. Well done you !

My Pink & Cream Cottage said...

Wow really quite stunning something I have often thought of doing & although I have been sewing for years & years never quite had the guts to do, may have to look at doing a course huh.... you certainly are one talented lady...

Hope you had a great weekend..

Lyn xxx

Peter said...

You are very clever. What a legend!

Brabourne Farm said...

What a fabulous talent you have to be able to turn dreary old sofas into something gorgeous - well done you! Leigh