My husband has become quite the picker for me. He spotted this chair on the trash this summer as we were picking up our car from the mechanics.
Here she is.....
and here is what's left of her....just kidding but it sure was a mighty mess getting this old leather like material off of her. Who knew they made pleather years ago.
I took pictures as I dismantled the material so that I would be able to recover it the same way. I didn't want to trust my memory for this and doing this has saved me many a time when refinishing a piece that has many parts or involves a process.
I had visions that I would recover the chair in a funky, fun material but when I really started looking at the lines, it just spoke rustic to me. So after I sanded it down, I restrained it so it would be a little bit more uniform in color and gave it a nice coat of wax. I know Wipe-on Poly is probably what most people would use but I think wax gave it a remarkably soft finish.
I gathered my drop cloth material and just started cutting it into strips. Not sure how this was going to work but I just kept at it.
Yes drop cloth frays because it is a woven material. But I loved how it looked so I know this chair will speak to fewer peoples hearts as far as the concept behind it but I love how it turned out. I clipped off a lot of the stray frays so it does look clean but not pristine. Sometimes you just have to go for it and not worry if others "get you". I know that someone will look at this chair and fall in love with my occasional chair.
Introducing the Shredded Chair
I added a little feather pillow! Ain't it cute? Adds a little panache to my frayed Frau.
Always being renewed,