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.



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 !

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.

Anonymous 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.

chair up said...

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

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.
thanks Sandy

The Pink Poodle said...

hi wonder woman 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

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