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The Chair Makes a Public Appearance

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We brought our chair to the Kelly Writers House Night of the Living Room event, a brief program dedicated to showcasing what Tim and I have been up to so far!

A huge surprise for Jenny — upholstered chairs have LOTS of staples. We brought our chair along to see if we could inspire any brave souls to help us pull out a few of the jillion staples in this thing.

It still needs some work….
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Stripping It Down

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With the chain installed, it was up to me to figure out how to re-upholster this chair. But re-upholstery (surprisingly) isn’t my forte. So I decided to gut the chair and replace a lot of the cushioning with wooden slats. Here’s the gutting part at least:

How it started out...

Whoops, there goes the back!

Weapon of Choice: Exacto Knife

All done...sitting high and mighty in my porch's corner

Chain of Fools

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Chain, chain, chain…we sure got some links in our chain 😉 (really hoping other people listen to Aretha Franklin…)

Anyway….

Before we could get some chains into our chair, Tim and I sliced some of the fabric off to see if we were working with some solid pieces of wood.

Chair Rippin'

Chair sturdiness testin'?

After the shenanigans, Tim installed two sets of chains to each side of the chair by drilling four thick bolts into each corner of the wooden base. Can’t wait to see this baby hanging up!

The chains installed!

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How the chain links up!

Idea Storm!

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What We Were Working With:

This antique chair had apparently seen its fair share of butts, antique stores, and excitable dogs. There was a busted leg and a few scratches along some of the exposed wood. But the chair was solid, and really comfy…once you got used to the odd tilt.

Tim's thinking outfit.

The Ideas:

I just wanted to fix it and turn it back into a chair…

Tim’s ideas: Rocking chair! What if we flipped it over? Hmmm, ok, porch swing! (Ladies, the guy is a genius)

What We’re Doing with It:

Turning it into a porch swing! We’ll be inserting chains into the arms of the chair and sawing off its lil’ stub legs. To deal with the outdated upholstery and the fact that it’ll hopefully be hanging outside (unless one of its future owner is very casual about ceiling holes), we’ll be stripping it down, throwing some wooden slats along the seat and back, and attempting to re-upholster the rest!