Victorian Makeover

You all know we like a bit of Mid Century Modern around here, but when Tina tracked us down looking for a revamp for her Victorian Ironback chair, we couldn’t say no…

This is how we started out:

There is a particular shade of 'old furniture pink'...
There is a particular shade of ‘old furniture pink’…

Tina already had some fabric that she wanted to use – a beautiful piece of vintage cotton she had brought back from her travels in India, (doesn’t Tina’s life sound great?) in a mustardy yellow – but it wasn’t quite enough to cover the whole chair.  So we had a rummage through my stash of fabrics to find something suitable, and came up with the combination of gold velvet, with navy blue velvet for the buttons.

Now.  Ironbacks.  They’re a tricky customer.  Because, as the name suggests, the back of the chair frame is made of iron, there can be no stapling involved.  Everything must be hand stitched into place, which even on a small chair like this takes tiiiiiime.

Buttons attached with my giant needle, stitching commenced...
Buttons attached with my giant needle, stitching commenced…
From the front...
From the front…
...to the sides. Pin and stitch and pin and stitch...
…to the sides. Pin and stitch and pin and stitch…

 

It was a bit labour intensive, I admit.  But the end result is worth the effort, and I’m particularly glad we were able to use Tina’s own unique fabric to make something truly one of a kind.  Happiness all round!

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Next week we’ll be back on the Mid Century track with a gorgeous Danish dining set…keep ’em peeled vintage fans!

H xxx

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