Sunday, October 28, 2012

Horsehair Chairs

This redo was more about taking apart and cleaning than a complete paint redo. I came across 2 chairs at auction. I purchased them on a whim at 30.00 for the pair. they came home and sat in the garage for a few months. I wish I had taken a before but you can get the idea from just looking at the needlepoint seat. 
Inside was filled with horsehair and organic stuffing. It was one nasty mess and for that I am thankful Mr. C was willing to be the one to clean them out.

Once removed and cleaned up you can see the burlap and strong bindings that make up the seat.
Notice all the little tacks holding it all on?

I can only imagine what all these chairs have seen or the homes they sat in.

Another pic of the cleaned up seats.

The chairs were cleaned up and look at this lines and the barley twists.

They are all ready for a new dress so to speak. I found some beautiful fabric that pics up the flecks of gold in the wood and I really love how they turned out. I added foam, batting and the new fabric and they are both ready for their new life!

Thanks for joining me and enduring all the pics!

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Cynthia said...

What lovely antique chairs! Your new fabric look great.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

This is amazing! Love the colours.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love their new look! those chairs have great legs!

Meg said...

Don't you just love pieces with history? These turned out beautiful!

Thanks for sharing on the All Star Block Party!!

The Pink Geranium said...

You restored them beautifully, great job!

Came over from TTT,

Jan @ The Pink Geranium

Pamela said...

The chairs turned out great! I am always afraid of what lurks underneath stuff. Thanx for sharing at THT!

Kathie said...

Those chairs are pretty! I really like the swirly legs & back. Thanks for sharing at Gettin' Krafty!

Peggy Hale said...

What a buy you got on those barley twist chairs! You did a wonderful job restoring them. Thanks for linking up this week at Transformed Tuesday. Hugs Peggy

Aunt B said...

I have some old horsehair cushion chairs from my grandmother that are in need of reupholstering. You're beautiful project has inspired me to get going on that. Thanks.

suzyq said...

What beautiful chairs - and just love how you've transformed them -
Gorgeous makeovers!

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Way to give them new life!

Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
<3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

Becolorful said...

they look great and I like to think about that whole history aspect too like did somebody sit on them and talk about the Kennedy assassination or the end of WWII? My mind just kind of works that way. :D

Nicely done. Thanks for sharing on beColorful.

Stacey said...

Those are sweet chairs! Love how you remade them!
Thanks for linking up this week -
hope to see you this week!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Your chairs are so pretty now!

Anne said...

Sweet restoration job! Thank you for linking up with Its a Party!