Saturday, March 26, 2016

Buffalo Check Chair


It is time for another furniture transformation for The Fab Furniture Flipping' Contest.  




This month's sponsor is:  Fairfield World  




 Fairfield World is a third generation, family-owned, American business that specializes in upholstery and sewing items. They also share DIY tips and tutorials on their site for all you hard core project creators.  

The theme for this month was MIX and MATCH. 

I had found a vintage french chair at the flea market and I am  a lover of fabric, so I decided to reupholster my chair for the contest.  
Before:


I am not a very good upholsterer, but I decided to bite the bullet and give this chair a new look.  
I pulled out my tools:

This chair had individual tacks and then 50 million staples and I wanted to scream after about an hour of removing them!  
So Many! 
After hours of pulling out the tacks and staples,  I lined the the back and seat with the poly-fill batting that I had ordered from Fairfield.  


 The next step was to cut out the fabric.  I decided to mix and match different fabrics for this chair.  I used a vintage buffalo check tablecloth and some vintage toile.  



I used the original fabric as a pattern.  


















After stapling the fabric on the back I stapled cardboard, foam and the Fairfield batting.  

Disaster struck!  My pneumatic staple gun broke and I had to finish the project with a hand held stapler!  So difficult!  


After wanting to cry and to kick my chair, I pulled my self together and got the rest of the fabric stapled on and the braided jute trim glued over the staples.  



Pretend you don't see my jaggy edges!  



The toile back 









I am proud of myself for finishing this with a hand stapler and for getting the lines almost straight! 

Be sure to stop over at Colleen’s and Charlotte’s (our featured hosts) to see their Mix and Match projects and find the links for the projects of all this month’s challenge participants.
The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest is open to entrants who have signed up through the group Facebook page. If you are interested in becoming a member and having the opportunity to participate in future contests please contact info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com to find out how.


Disclosure: Some or all of the hosts of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest receive monetary and/or product compensation from the sponsoring brand, Fairfield World, in order to complete their themed projects. The participants of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest received product compensation from the sponsoring brand, Fairfield World, in order to complete their themed projects. Fairfield World will also provide the prize package for this month’s contest winner.  


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62 comments:

  1. Love this! I recently just did a chair in a buffalo check table cloth, hoping i can find some vintage ones!

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    1. Thank you-I do love a good buffalo check !

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  2. Oh! that was a cool post.I like it.
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    Fashions

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    1. Thank you Kristen-glad you liked it!

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  3. Fantastic makeover:-) I know how hard it is to get the lines straight, I had a similar chair and I wanted to change the fabric and used checked material but I gave up and I used some plain fabric because I couldn't get the lines straight:-( Well done:-)

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    1. Thank you -getting the lines straight with a hand help staple r was not fun!

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  4. You should be proud, upholstery is difficult and all those staples and tacks ... You've got patience for sure. I love the toile with the check fabric, beautiful choice.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Thank you Vera-I am proud of myself-my hands are dinged up and I would be glad to not see another staple or tack for awhile!

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  5. Wow, that came out great...love the fabrics you chose. I would be more than happy to have that chair in my home.
    Happy Easter, Darrielle.

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    1. Thank you Marigene-I love the new fabric on the chair too-believe it or not I am not keeping the chair-I just did it for the contest!

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  6. Love the mix of toile and checks. Fabulous job even though you had to do it the hard way!

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    1. Thank you Kim-I love the toile and checks together too!

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  7. Absolutely ADORE this chair. Love the combination of the different fabrics. Great job!

    Happy Easter!

    Judy

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    1. Thank you Judy-I like the toile and the checks on the chair too!

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    2. Hi--I just tried to leave a comment on your last post-but was not able to do so

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  8. Wow! You did a fantastic job with this gorgeous chair. The combination of checks and toile was such a good choice. You did good!

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    1. Thank you Betsy-I definitely wanted to throw this chair and stomp on it at times!

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  9. Beautiful! I LOVE the toile used on the arm rests! And the braided trim...where did you find that?

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    1. Thank you Karen-I found the braided twin on line and love it too! M and J Trimmings

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  10. It looks great! I have a 3 piece sofa set in that same style whic could use reupholstering...if you want more practice! wink wink

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    1. Thank you Rose-right now I don't even want to see my staple gun!

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  11. how wonderful! I fell in love at first sight and was shocked you used a tablecloth. How smart! It looks great. First time I've ever seen a wooden chair that I didn't think I'd ever want to paint the wood.

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    1. Thank you Sugar-I like to paint, but sometimes the wood with the fabrics just looks best!

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  12. YOu did a great job w/ getting the fabric on smoothly. I'm not a fan of the check w/ that style furniture, but no one can fault your skill in getting the job done. I hope you;ll exchange the jute for something else before too many people use the chair and the jute gets all hairy........ I look forward to your next upholstery project....

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    1. Thank you MJ-I am just happy I finished this piece and for now I love the jute trim!

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  13. I applaud you conquering the challenging job of reupholstering this beautiful French chair. The next job will be easier! However, if I am honest, I really liked the look of the fabric that was already on the chair. I know that buffalo checks and different fabric for the backs of these chairs is very popular right now, and in some cases an improvement over the original upholstery fabric, but this particular chair with the color of its frame just looked sweet to me with it's original fabric. I guess I am getting tired of the use of buffalo plaid repeated so frequently on this type of chair as well as other items. To me, it's becoming too "trendy."

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    1. Thank you Naomi-it was an accomplishment for me for sure! The existing fabric was really dirty and stained-it's hard to tell from the photo. I wanted to use a vintage table cloth on a chair and so I just went for it!

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  14. Buffalo checks AND toile??? I am in 7th Heaven!! LOVE this chair. Have a great week.

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    1. Thank you Katie-I love the two together too!

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  15. The chair looks Awesome!! I love the check and the toile together...I would have had a hard time deciding which print was for the front and which one was for the back. Congrats on forging ahead even when it got tough :)

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    1. Thank you Karen-I am just glad it is done!

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  16. Beautiful! I love the touch of toile on the back. :)

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    1. Thank you Lisa-I love the toile too!

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  17. I am giving you a standing ovation (you just can't see it). Having done a couple of similar projects, I know exactly how much patience is required to remove all of those staples (more than I have). I also would never have been brave enough to go for the check, a solid fabric is enough of a challenge for me! And you did a great job getting it on there straight! Also, thanks so much for sharing the source for that trim. I am guessing it's similar to the trim that MMS has been using of late, and I think it might work perfectly on a settee that I have been refusing to finish for almost a year now. I really have no more excuses now and should just get that thing done!

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    1. Thank you Linda-I SO hate removing the staples and tacks! This chair had individual tacks and then staples! I have never used a checked fabric and was nervous I would make it all wonky, but it wasn't as hard as I thought. I can't wait to see yours!

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  18. Oh my goodness you did a wonderful job! I sew a little (quilting ) but never even considered taking on upholstery in my lifetime. I stand in awe, lol :)

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    1. Thank you Deb-I am not a big fan of removing staples, but I wanted to make it pretty again!

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  19. I love this makeover! I have a chair like this one that I am working on. I have it taken apart and painted. Now I just have to cover it and put it back together. I hope mine looks as good as yours.

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    1. Thank you Sherry-Taking it apart is the hardest part, at least it was for me! Cant wait to see it!

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  20. Great job! I really like the blue. xoxo Su

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  21. You've given this tired chair a new lease on life. Great job and lovely fabrics.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you Amalia-I do like the after better too!

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  22. Good for you, Darrielle! You hung in there, and now you have a beautiful chair. I do not have upholstery skills, so I'm always so impressed with other's projects. Well done!

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    1. Thank you-I had a hard time hanging it there-wanted it to be done!

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  23. I am a gingham FIEND this spring- just can't get enough! So this chair is just speaking to me in a big way- thanks so much for linking up to Talk of the Town!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

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    1. Thank you Sarah-I have always loved gingham too!

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  24. Love the chair and the fabric choices, I have the same chair and have been looking for Large red and white check
    However after seeing your chair I am going to use my blue and white toile that mayches all mt bedroom spread and curtains
    Thanks for the tip to use an electric staple gun

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    1. Thank you-I have a chair done in a red buffalo check too and love it--I used a vintage table cloth! A hand staple gun is so hard to use for this kind of project!

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  25. Love the chair and the fabric choices, I have the same chair and have been looking for Large red and white check
    However after seeing your chair I am going to use my blue and white toile that mayches all mt bedroom spread and curtains
    Thanks for the tip to use an electric staple gun

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  26. Your chair is absolutely gorgeous! The fabrics are just perfect together! Really beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Lisa-I like the new fabrics together too!

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  27. Nicely done, especially the toile back! Love it! I have a chair and am looking for a toile for the back. Visiting you from Poofing the Pillows.

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    1. Thank you very much-I found the toile fabric at the Flea market and was glad I could use it!

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  28. LOVE!!! I just adore all your furniture makeovers. Your buffalo check chairs just make me swoon! Still dream about the red chair.

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    1. Thank you Stephanie--the red chair is a stunner for sure!

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  29. This chair is gorgeous and I am so impressed that you can do these things!
    I have 2 chairs that need a makeover, I sure wish you lived near me:)
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Thoughts Of Home On Thursday!
    xx
    Jemma

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    1. Thank you Jemma-I am definitely a novice but I do like a challenge!

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  31. Love your buffalo check and toile chair. It is stunning.

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  32. I see no jaggy edges at all only a beautiful french chair with gorgeous fabric. We have a chair in our garage that needs your treatment. I'll make pie if you'll come help me. ;)

    Happy TOHOT. See you again Thursday, I hope.

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  33. You took that chair from old fogey to young belle--and she's just beautiful. Inspired fabric choices, Darrielle. Love the look :) Thanks for linking your posts up with Vintage Charm!

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