Friday, 5 October 2012

Haunted Attic Chair: Reveal

Before we moved into our home, we had to have vermiculite removed from the attic. While they were up there, we also had them re-insulate the attic to avoid issues later on (winter). The guys pulled a bunch of items from the attic including files from 1961, a vintage light-up lawn snowman, Tupperware, and finally a box full of wood pieces. The wood was in a plastic bin that had water in it, leaving the ends of some of them moldy.


After cleaning the wood pieces with vinegar and water, I thought I might have a rocking chair on my hands.
At this point, my husband protested! He said, "If that is a rocking chair, and it starts rocking on its own ... I'm outta here!" 


But as I began to put the pieces together, I discovered it wasn't a rocker at all.
The pieces that I thought might be rockers were actually arms for a wood wing-back chair, similar to a Monterey Classic 1930s chairs.


The chair had all of its parts except for 2 spindles. I could have had 2 more made to match, but thought it more prudent to make non-original parts look different.


I decided to paint instead of stain since there wasn't a significant wood-grain that would have benefited from a stain finish. The glossy black gives it a slick varnished look, without having to varnish.


The chair had no trace of there ever being springs in the frame, so I bought webbing to support the future seat cushion.


The fabric I chose is a large graphic print that was complementary to the shape of the chair.


I used re-claimed 4" foam inside the cushions, and it not only looks great but is extremely comfortable.


I am so enamored with how well this piece turned out - oh and if it is haunted, we will never know!


And finally, my favorite model, Grey, whose sleep I interrupted.

4 comments:

  1. So pretty! How did you attach the webbing to the sides of the frame? I can see where the front and back attach, but not the sides. Do tell!

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  2. It is attached to the sides, and then a wood slat screwed on top of it.

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  3. Bill says that he has an old glider rocker for you....getting it to you could be the problem though. Still...he will hang onto it until you at least have a chance to see it! Love the work that you are doing. bw

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    1. Oh ya?
      Take a photo!
      Thanks for the comments. I am enjoying doing it. And, I am really happy with how this one turned out.

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