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The chair

April 30, 2010

I did an initial post about this chair a few weeks ago and neglected to post anything more about the finished project! 

I started out with a nice little chair I found on Craigslist for $30.  It was definitely in need of a little love, but I had no idea just how much.


After I got into it and really started tearing it apart, I found a lot of interesting things… like the original layer of upholstery fabric under the REALLY BADLY DONE top layer.


Or perhaps a little horsehair stuffing?  So weird… this would be when I was glad I decided to wear gloves for this project.


Once I got all the burlap, strapping, stuffing, upholstery and 7,325,892 upholstery tacks removed, I found this sticker on the inside that gave me some clues to it’s history.


The sticker is from the Phoenix Chair Company of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  When I tried to look up a little of the company’s history, I found that I probably had a legitimate antique chair from sometime around the 1870’s.  Well… I guess it’s too bad it’s getting painted… the folks at the Antiques Roadshow haven’t found out about my indiscretions yet, so keep it quiet.

Then I did a little puttying…putty-ing…puttifying… meh


Then I moved onto painting and a layer of poly to lock in all the freshness. Much like a Ziploc.


See, Antiques Roadshow people?! I left the sticker uncovered so some other schmuck can uncover this thing in 50 years and find out more about it!

I completely biffed documenting the actual reupholstery project.  It’s best that way because I would rather no one know how bush league I am at projects involving math, conceptual space and measuring.  🙂   The Tall Kid (my brother) helped me with this and gave up after a while.  I can’t say I blame him, but it was so sweet of him to make the effort!

Here she is, all clean and new!





It’s too overstuffed, and I want to put a piece on the back (maybe black leather with upholstery tacks all around?!) but for now it’s cute.  And it turned out well in pictures, too!


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Sue Danforth permalink
    April 30, 2010 1:40 pm

    Hi Stef,

    You are a woman of many talents I see. That chair is awesome and I LOVE the fabric you chose. I may have to look for that and put it in a quilt sometime. I love looking at all your photographs and the creativity you have. I want to have our family photographed by you sometime.

  2. June 15, 2010 12:50 am

    I LOVE this chair! I love the colors… I love that you reappolstered (sp?) it. What a great outcome.

  3. Lynn Lewis permalink
    July 20, 2010 3:59 pm

    Your chair is amazing! As are you darling – love you girlfriend.

  4. Kathy permalink
    December 31, 2010 7:17 pm

    I found your post while searching for the origins of MY newly acquired Phoenix Chair #383-83. Looks very similar to yours. I found the same awful stuff inside–horsehair but mine had a bonus mouse nest embedded in it. Lovely. Afer removing all the stuffing, I was about to paint it white too (and distress it) but my sister was horrified. I am doing it anyway. Your chair looks great!

    • designsprout permalink*
      January 4, 2011 1:15 pm

      Thanks Kathy! Best of luck on your project!

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