1. A mat-forming, evergreen shrub (Vaccinium macrocarpum) of eastern North America, having pink flowers and tart, red, edible berries.
2. The berries of this plant, used in sauces, jellies, relishes, and beverages.
1. A small, single-storied house, especially in the country.
2. A small vacation house.
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1. A tiny house in the woods in the north of Holland.
2. Peace, quiet, paradise.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Making old into new.....

I host a quilt group in my home each month so I need lots of chairs. This was a very old chair we bought back when we lived in Sweden to use at a computer table. It was from IKEA and the finish had turned such an ugly orange color. You cannot really see how orange it was from this before photo...

I had been rummaging in the second floor rooms through all our stuff which is still being sorted since we moved in. I found a remnant of a upholstery fabric I had used to recover two Swedish chairs which you can see here (click  for old blog post). It was enough to try padding this wooden seat once the chair was recovered.

Jos took the chair apart, sanded it down and stained it in pure palisander stain for me. Normally palisander comes out a rich brown as we have used it for our bookshelves and my Windsor chairs. On this pine it came out much lighter and gives the chair a nice warm and rustic look. I stapled layers of stiff, thick batting to the chair before then stapling the upholstery fabric on and replacing it to the chair. I have the chair beside our hutch in the living room when not being used. Now I have an extra chair for my quilt studio that is much more comfortable to sit on as we turned an old chair into a new one.



  1. It turned out fabulous and I love that you padded it! I have a wooden chair in my bedroom and I just may have to steal that idea when I redo the bedroom. Right now it just has a purchased chair pad on it but I do love the chair. Great job.

  2. Very clever and it sure came out nice. Glad you made old look new again.
    Love Mom

  3. Fantastic job! It's beautiful now.


  4. I honestly wouldn't have thought to take an ikea hard seat chair and pad it - that's a brilliant idea! Heidi, my dear, you never cease to amaze me with your redo's


  5. Your chair is beautiful & it looks real comfortable. When can I come and try it out?

  6. That looks really good now, how clever of you to make such a difference to it.


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