Another chair to work on

I felt I needed a counterpoint to the faithful restoration of my great-grandfather’s Victorian wooden and cane chair, so I have started re-upholstering a small armchair for my little boy.

It is currently covered in a revolting velour-style fabric which has stains all over it from its previous owner, but it’s a great shape and should be big enough for my son to use for two or three more years:


To begin with, I removed the cheap plastic feet and material from the bottom of the chair. I may replace the feet with wooden ones when I have got to that stage as I think they will look better.

Once the material was removed, I discovered that rather a lot of MDF had gone into this little thing, rather than the solid wood I was expecting. This is a very different beast to my other chair project:
I am now at the stage where I need to remove all of the charming fabric from the back and sides of the chair.

It took me quite a while just to do the back as I was trying to lever all of the staples out in a stupid way that was hurting my hand. You can see the plastic feet in the bottom right of this picture:

When I get on to removing the fabric from the sides I will be much quicker; and hopefully the staples won’t fling all over the workshop when I get better at it. Perhaps they’ll even remain in the workshop and not drop out of my clothing when I am getting ready for bed after an evening of furniture restoration.

Unfortunately, this chair cannot move between the house and workshop like the other one can as I can’t guarantee that I haven’t left any lethal rusty staples sticking out of it. My son loves to sit in it and won’t understand why it’s dangerous. Well, he loves to sit on his other small chair (restored perfectly by his daddy) and put his feet up on this armchair, while playing his keyboard which he rests on the arms of the armchair.

Still, an upsetting staple incident could ensue and is entirely unwelcome; so for now, the chair lives in the car.

My boy never goes near my great-grandfather’s chair. I think the strange disappearing and then reappearing cane seat freaks him out a bit.


Posted on October 17, 2013, in Furniture restoration and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Ooh, what’s the new material going to be like??

  2. I haven’t decided yet. I am going to take the boy fabric shopping with me. He has been getting excited about all the swatches I try out!

  3. Can’t wait to see the transformation! And really keen on trying this as well, very informative so far 🙂

  4. This is much better than Badger Watch!

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