I have a little chair in our front room (also known as the Green Room, also known as the Problem Room, also probably known as the Drawing Room by the elderly lady ghost who still seems to reside there) which I have 'inherited' from my mother. By which I mean she gave it to me when I was a university student living in penury and I have never returned it.
I love its circular shape. I have never seen another chair like it. Except of course, its twin, which I was not given and which still lives with my mother in a much much cleaner condition.
But as you can see it is supremely grotty. So I turned it upside down last week and what do you know, instead of being a glued together Made in China chair, it is a screwed together Made in Italy chair, which comes apart like a jigsaw. I also saw that the little padded parts had the fabric stapled to them, quite neatly. After thinking a little bit about the Italian craftsmen who put this chair into its shape, I pulled myself together to rise to the challenge.
So, although I am not a professional upholsterer By Any Means, I thought, why not have a go.
The fabric I bought is above (from Signature Prints - check out their website). It is by Florence Broadhurst and called Japanese Floral.
This may not be to everyone's taste but it does go with the look (Chinoiserie\Japanesque 1930s, light and green) I am trying to achieve in the front room. (No other photos yet, it's too depressing).
Here is the chair stripped down and naked.
And here is the result. I used a staple gun. I must say I am rather pleased, and I suspect it is a chair my grandmother would have liked. Whether that is a good thing or not I cannot say. If only all interior redecorating could be accomplished with a staple gun.