A labor of love.

It has been a busy week!  I spent Wednesday afternoon with my parents taking apart chair #2 while mom was cranking out the sewing.  I left ready to put one chair back together, but needed supplies.  Friday, I spent an hour at the WXPN free at noon concert and then set off to find an upholstery supply shop.  Lissie was great, by the way!  

 Lissie on acoustic and her electric accompanist.  He was very smooth and subtle under her.  Her vocals were flawless. 

Lissie on acoustic and her electric accompanist.  He was very smooth and subtle under her.  Her vocals were flawless. 

I was able to score tacks, cardboard tacking strip and a few hand tools.  Great little shop in Philadelphia Northern Liberties section. 

 No frills shopping. 

No frills shopping. 

 Tools and supplies. 

Tools and supplies. 

Next I headed home to get to work. The thing I learned quickly was you are constantly adjusting as you move along and it is really hard to lift tacks if nailed all the way down.  The section I started first would be revisited at the end.  Here are some pics as I went along.  

 Seat is on.  Used original cotton stuffing and added poly to shape and smooth.  Back assembly was the most tedious work of all.  

Seat is on.  Used original cotton stuffing and added poly to shape and smooth.  Back assembly was the most tedious work of all.  

 Here is where I used the cardboard strip 3/8" to be exact. The fabric panel then pulls down over for a perfect finish. 

Here is where I used the cardboard strip 3/8" to be exact. The fabric panel then pulls down over for a perfect finish. 

 Cardboard backer is reinstalled then covered. 

Cardboard backer is reinstalled then covered. 

 Here the back panel is folded down to reveal it's sexy smoothness. 

Here the back panel is folded down to reveal it's sexy smoothness. 

 I also stained and finished the tops of the arms after sanding them and restoring. 

I also stained and finished the tops of the arms after sanding them and restoring. 

 I had to handsew a bit of the sides and back but my first try went well!  

I had to handsew a bit of the sides and back but my first try went well!  

 Right side is done

Right side is done

And here we are all put back together! 

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Now I am working on chair #2.  I have finishing touches to do including the dust cover, screw caps, reinforcing the front legs (using match sticks and glue in the screw holes so the screws bite in better and prevent wobbling legs).  I hope to have final pics soon and listing up while I am finishing.  I will be listing the pair at $2000.  Shipping in 2 boxes, probably $100 or less for the pair.  Not splitting them up but I do have a single similar chair here and would gladly allow buyer to choose fabric.  At this point, I am thinking of ordering Vibe Tangerine and once I order that is what it will be. ✌️  

 A single chair that is available to be customized if you let me know soon.  Otherwise I will probably be going with a warm orange tweed. Yes, the wood was painted so will be redoing it all back to champagne.

A single chair that is available to be customized if you let me know soon.  Otherwise I will probably be going with a warm orange tweed. Yes, the wood was painted so will be redoing it all back to champagne.

Off to keep working.  Hopefully mom finished the last backrest as I need to go pick up so I can put it back together! 

Thanks to those stopping by the shop!  I do get updates and feedback from Karen and I appreciate all of it!!  Reach out at anytime if you need me to bring something out from my online inventory!  I do pop over about once a week but would gladly meet you if I am available!  Email me!  

xo Malissa