Monday, 19 November 2012

Living Room Update

We have finally finished re-upholstering our chair. We found it on Gumtree for free back in May last year, we just had to collect it from Battersea and we were so excited! It was exactly the style we wanted, however, it had been poorly looked after...Horrible red silk had been staple gunned all over the frame and foam and we pretty much had to pull them out by hand, sand it down and start from scratch.

I bought some foam for the cushions and we paid to have it upholstered, costing us roughly £80 overall. But now it has finished off our little reading corner - by the books and next to the cd player where we can sit and stare out of the window and daydream...

Before...sorry I don't have any photos of the awful red silk!



After...we obviously went for grey fabric...! Found it in the remnants bin in John Lewis, £12 for almost 2 metres rather than £25 a metre.

Almost finished....

In its new home...

The accessories really make you want to get cosy. Cushion: Jonathan Adler. Blanket: Seasalt
Blankets are a great way to keep warm after the heating has clicked off timer, I love nothing more than curling up on my chair with a blanket over my lap. This blanket is from Seasalt, a company in Cornwall, and I think it looks rather Scandinavian, don't you think?

Lambswool blanket, £75, Seasalt

PS the company is also ethical, sustainable and uses organic fabrics!


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  1. Wow! Such a great example of up-cycling; you completely transformed the piece. I bet it feels really rewarding each time you curl up with a good book in that chair! :)

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    1. Thank you, yes love it. Takes a second thought every time I do, as we've had it so long without a back- keep reminding myself it's okay to sit on, now! Ps love your blog, have now subscribed :)

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  2. I'm so biased but I LOVE that blanket!! ;)

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    1. Haha, and it's super toasty :)

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  3. logging on to Seasalt website as you read this...also considering re-upholstering a chair that I picked up at Greenwich market years ago. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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    1. Yes and they also have some super soft furry socks, which I love to wear around the house (much to my boyfriend's bemusement)

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  4. The chair looks fantastic. I will definitely have to get searching my local Gumtree! x

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    1. I think we were really lucky indeed picking something up for free, but they do have a few good Danish sideboards on offer, too, for roughly £100 :)

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  5. I think that's worked out beautifully and it's a wonderful way to re-use furniture. I did that with the old dining chairs which I inherited when I first moved in to a cottage and paid for new professionally done seat pads - it brought the chairs back to life. Infact they are still going strong nearly 17 years later.

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    1. So good to hear, it's so satisfying to do as well. And good to know they lasted, as it may be another 17 years till I take on a project like this again!

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  6. I love your little house!!!!!! (in a completely not weird way!!!) This chair has worked out so lovely, well done!!!!!xxxx

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    1. Not at all! I love that you care! Much appreciated :)

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  7. Love how you've up styled that chair - it looks amazing! We gave away a couple of those chairs about 10 years ago. The in-laws gave them to us when we moved into our first house. Couldn't wait to get rid of them and buy trendy new ones! But back then (hark at me so OLD), it wasn't trendy to do what you've done. Wishing we'd kept them now! Oh and the blanket is gorgeous too. Seasalt rocks! Avril x

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    1. Oh I have done that many a time- learnt from my mistakes. I was once passed on (shock) some vintage Chanel bags and I have two away as chain strap bags were 'granny', as my 16 year old self ought! Thank god I kept one at least!

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  8. You have really made that chair so lovely!
    xx
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