03 January 2016

Tutorial 12 - Telephone seat upcycle and upholstery

I'm rather partial to a car boot sale and love a project as you will know by now, so when I saw this old tired looking telephone seat I couldn't resist.



I'm not a professional by any mean but I am very happy with how my DIY limited skills revived this once loved piece of furniture back to life.


As you can see it looked rather dull


The upholstery was an old taperstry piece which was starting to disintegrate in places


The wood was scratched and chipped too


After removing the upholstry I discovered a basic seat with no cushioning at all, I dont think any bottom would sit comfortably on there


My first step was to cut and apply some upholstery foam, I wanted added comfort and a plush look so went for a double layer


Next I used some cotton fabric attached with spray adhesive to the end of the foam 



I applied pressure and pulled the fabric taught to give a rounded edge



This was repeated on all four sides, I think the rounded edges add more of a luxury look and feel 



I then started to measure some wadding


I flipped the seat pad over and  cut enough to allow me to attach it to the frame



I stapled each edge using an electric stapler


I cut any excess away to leave a neat finish



It's starting to look better already



I then added a layer of the cotton material as my finished fabric layer is woven and I didn't want to see any of the wadding beneath


I applied my chosen fabric and here is a sneak peak at how it looks, the wood is still tired and dull so that needs addressing next


I decided to go with a white chalk paint, after a couple of layers and a coat of wax and buffing the wood looked so smooth


I decided that the all white look was to stark so I added a piece of patterned paper with Modge podge and sealed it one dry.  I also added a simple draw pull in a dark brown metal rather than the 2 finger holes that where there before, opps I forgot to mention that I filled the holes with a light weight filler




Here it is in all it's glory.  


A stunning piece of furniture which sadly I didn't have room for in my own house. I did however gift it to my sister as a 30th birthday present.




I hope you like it as much as I do, until next time take care Tx


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