Friday, 30 March 2012

old rocker

here's one of this week's projects.... a well-loved but squeaky and slightly crooked old rocker



No longer squeaky or crooked, new high-density foam, timber refinished, groovy new covers and the bonus: it's superbly comfortable.  Hope the client likes it!

Saturday, 24 March 2012

70's style

Here's the latest makeover...


These cane chairs, circa 1970, were in great shape, but not the cushions. Even though the top pic was taken in a courtyard (overlooking Little Manly on Sydney Harbour, same client as the Oslo settee,) the fabric isn't actually an outdoor one.
Hopefully this new look is more appropriate to the chair style - using a fabric called Canopy from CLOTH fabrics latest range. This range pays strong tribute to 70's style, which I must admit isn't my favourite fashion era... however I do love what Julie Paterson of Cloth, has come up with here and think it really suits the chairs.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Now for the Not Upholstery News....

Even though this relates to my 'past life', and has nothing whatsoever to do with upholstery, I can't resist posting about this:
Last Friday night, at a 'galah' shindig on the Gold Coast, Jamberoo Native Nursery was awarded the Best Medium Production Nursery in AUSTRALIA award by the Nursery and Garden Industry of Australia.
This is a huge milestone in the nursery's history: we've won this category of the State awards for the past 6 years, always been eligible for the National title, but never quite made it till now. The competition from the other states is always of a very high standard and this year was no exception.
We're all simply frilled with the result. This pic shows me (in a 1960's borrowed lace dress), with my partner Geoff, our Production Manager Nathan Sparkes and Sales Manager Sarah Peacock, after receiving our award.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Before & After

This recent job involved a major overhaul including:

  • stripping of the old mahogany-coloured, scratched and dinged wood and complete re-finishing (done by my clever French Polishing accomplice) 
  • complete reupholstery from the frame up (new webbing, foam,etc.)
  • re-covering using French linen supplied by the chair's owner.

The turned wood on the legs is one of the interesting features of this chair... I've been trying to learn more about this furniture style. If any of you know anything, I'd love to hear from you.