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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

finished plycraft chair

The Plydraft chair I rescued back in April from being thrown into the garbage is finally finished. After gluing the cracked plywood back together I sanded the backrest/armrest and decided on staining it Dark Walnut from Minwax. To protect the wood I applied two or three layers of Minwax Polycrylic in semi-gloss.

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The base got a good cleaning and was polished with brasso. I also replaced the feet with new ones. Because I couldn't find plastic ones that matched the last one that was still in place I bought metal swivel glides. Then it was time to pick a fabric which was actually the hardest part. I ordered a bunch of fabric samples through work. First I wanted to go black and white as usual but then decided to go with some color and ended up with turquoise*.

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Taking of the fabric revealed some dry rot and I had to replace the foam. Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures of rebuilding the seat.

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And now, without further ado, here is the finished result. My very first upholstery project. Not too bad right? The first picture is actually a little reminder of what the chair looked like when I got it...

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All in all it was a pretty easy project that could have been finished much faster if I had committed more time to it. For all the materials needed I spend about $100, with the fabric being the most expensive item. The fabric I found on ebay for less than the contract price and I still have enough leftover to sew a pillow.

*The fabric is actually called
Letters (in 006 Aqua) by Gunnar Aagaard Andersen, 1955 from the Maharam Textiles of The 20th Century® collection.




8 comments:

  1. bin echt begeistert, sieht klasse aus :-))

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  2. Danke! Du kannst ja nacher mal probesitzen ;)

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  3. Toll! Gerade der Bezug macht jetzt etwas "besonderes" aus dem Stuhl!

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  4. Danke! Ich bin auch froh mich fuer den Stoff entschieden zu haben ;)

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  5. Cool project Nina..I like the choice in fabric with the style of the chair....very cool.

    ps saw Dear Genevieve show the other day and thought of you...hope to see you again sometime soon.

    Merry Christmas to you and Peter!

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  6. Thanks Jill! Merry Christmas to you too!

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  7. wow, the chair turned out great!

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