40 feet of cotton cord, 6 colors of paint, a few dozen upholstery staples, 5 yards of light canvas and endless hours later...the Chair Faire is done! And I survived...but only just...
Being the procrastinator that I am, I was up late the night before finishing up the chairs because I finally took a mini me-day! Probably not the smartest thing or perfectly timed moment to make room for a life but it was VERY needed. I went camping at the beach Thursday night and was running around visiting with an Italian friend and working all Friday afternoon (hence the lack of Friday Feature too), leaving late Friday night as my only time to learn to upholster a chair successfully. Oi vey.
But I am pleased with the results! The canvas worked out lovely and was crisp and clean and waiting for me to paint on Saturday in Los Alamos.
The Texan was knotted and tied and as lovely as I had hoped it would be. It was a pain to figure out which rope to use and then which design to do and then to make sure I had enough cord to actually execute the bloody thing. I used about 40 feet of cord somehow in the macramed and friendship bracelet-esche back of the chair. I love that bit! I ended up deciding to leave the base as it was, why fix something that's not broken? Plus, I love the little bits of the original paint still fixed to the strands of jute.
The Cheap-O chair turned out I think to be my favorite of the two! Starting with a blank canvas on a chair was a very different experience but doing random paisley patterns turned out to be a ton of fun.
Doesn't look too shabby for a $10 thrifted chair!
I'm still kind of in a daze that the Chair Faire is done. It seems like ages ago I found the first chair on my Texas roadtrip in a lovely little store outside of Johnson City. Now it's a macramed/friendship braceleted turquoise beauty!
Unfortunately, neither of my chairs sold. I'm pretty bummed about this, considering how much time and money I've put into them (well atleast the Texan). I'm still going to try selling the turquoise Texan chair but I may be greedy and keep this little paisley gem for myself.