Alfie Loves Design

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Archive for the month “April, 2012”

Patchwork Parker Knoll Before & After

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I love the clean lines of retro furniture; they can easily work in a contemporary space by changing upholstery or wood finish and this exactly what I did with this 1950’s Parker Knoll chair.

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The top upholstery wasn’t totally offensive, but I knew it was covering something more unpleasant.  When I took it off, I found a crusty velvet upholstery ….Mmmm! lovely, so off with it too.

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When all the upholstery was removed I unearthed the original pillow back cushioning and rubber waffle seating, both where re-useable after a cleaning.

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The frame got the usual pampering (sanded, treated & beeswax).   Its springs were in great shape but needed new fabric covering between them & cushioning with box pleats to accommodate their movement.  Then it was on with the cushioning & under cloth, ready for the fun; top upholstery.

I had a nice collection of fabrics in pale pink and greys which can add a feature to a neutral palette room.  Check out the results:

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Stylish Sewing

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Plastic tool & sewing organisers are quite useful but let’s face it they’re not very exciting or attractive, so when I spotted this sweet Victorian sewing box in the auction  I fell in love with it.  When I opened the top I found the original blush pink satin pin cushion and accessory holder, unfortunately the rest of the interior was thread bare & stained and sadly beyond repair.  This didn’t put me off; I bid & won and headed home to restore her to her former glory.

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What remained of the base interior had to be stripped out and as with all my second hand items, a wood treatment was required, I sanded the exterior  to remove scratches and gave it a few coats of beeswax.

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I wanted the interior to look as original as possible but it would be really difficult to match exactly to the satin on the pin cushion, so I chose a beautiful French silk with classic Victorian flowers to complement the pink satin.

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When completed and ready for the vintage fair my friend saw my photos and also fell in love with it but didn’t live nearby to purchase it.  Her lovely hubby contacted me and arranged to have it sent out as a surprise for her, the week before their first baby is due….too cute!!

All her threads & sewing accessories are now homed in a stylish, tidy fashion, ready for making cutesy tiny baby stuff…love it x

(thanks for the photo’s CJ)

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A chair make-over with a colour injection

Before & After

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I picked up this little occasional chair which was neat, comfy but the fabric was much stained and the legs quite scratched. I took the fabric off, sanded the legs, treated them and bees waxed.

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I decided a deep button back rest would make it more attractive; I marked the foam for the button position.

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As I work with fabric remnants; I needed to choose more than one fabric to have the right quantity to re-cover the whole chair.  I decided upon two fabrics with the same pattern but different colours.  I used the brighter green on the front with the deeper green on the back and buttons on the front for a contrast.

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I was really please with the finished Chair,and after a visit to the fair, she found a new home.

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