By Claudia Stephenson, Peep My Style
Project chair began after I spied a bargain at the Mitchell Road Antique Centre in Sydney’s Erskineville. She was sitting there all forlorn looking amongst the other lone chairs begging me to take care of her, and for $50 how could I say no? Sure her dress was cheap and torn and her body was a little beaten up, but I knew she had potential.
First step was getting rid of the horrific ripped pink terry towelling and buying some paint stripper. I spent the weekend painting on layer after layer of stripper trying to get rid of her different disguises
But paint stripper was just not enough for this chair so I had to go buy my first ever tool, a little cute neon green sander, and sand away I did! I thought I would be able to get it back to the pink hued wood she began with but I got lazy after a day and the sander became less cute, so I decided to stay with the worn look. In keeping with this theme I also decided to stick with the hessian on the outside of the back of the chair much to the dismay of the upholsterer who thought it looked hideous.
Next step was choosing the fabric, I originally had a 60’s black and white graphic print in mind but I was not having any luck getting exactly what I wanted, everything was either flocked, too feminine or the wrong print size or colour. I was about to settle with something that was good but not exactly what I wanted when….
…I met bamboozle, a fabric designed by Richard Smith for Jim Thompson fabrics – love at first sight, a match made in heaven for me, the pink and the orange looked so good together and I was 100% happy with it.
I really enjoyed the process of bringing this chair back to life and I hope to continue to do more in the future.