Hi you guys, aren’t you all very nice making me feel that I am not crazy, split-personality and all. I guess when it comes to not being able to make up my mind as regards to my style of preference, I am in good company.
But enough about that, today I want to share a project that is finally finished. Really finished as in tie a ribbon around it and call it DONE!
I turned an old chair of my parents into a postal bag chair.
It was kind of a giant project and that part I finished during my summer break. But then, inspired by Just Jeanette’s postal chairs I had it in my head I wanted to make a bag to go along with the chair. And that took me until today to finish.
But he it looks cute doesn’t it.
Well this is how the chair started out:
It belonged to the dining room set of my parents. They have had this from the day they were married back in 1953. I remember when we moved my father into his retirement apartment, he took the table and three of the chairs with him, but his apartment was too small for the full set. So as nobody wanted them the remaining three chairs were put into the van to be taken to the dumpster.
And as soon as my brothers drove out of the street, I got this big lump in my throat and a stone in my stomach. That was my mother’s beloved furniture that she loved so much and took care of every day. I couldn’t stand the thought of those pieces ending up at the landfill. So my sister and I raced after my brothers and I was able to catch up with them at the exact moment my brother was lifting the first of the chairs into the dumpster.
I have never seen more surprised faces…
And I guess I am a really sentimental twit…
Anyway the chairs came home with me and were later reunited with the ones my father used.
And now the first one got a makeover.
I used postal bags my friendly postman left at my door. ‘Eigendom’ means property of. PTT stood for Post Telephone and Telegraph and used to be the States postal service. These days we have TNT just like the rest of the world.
The chair got a fresh coat of white paint (of course) and I distressed all the edges and the wood carvings. And I used a really big and kind of rustic rope to frame the edges.
And then there is the added touch of the bag.
I used leftovers to sew it together, added a little pocket and freehanded a postal stamp on it. I think it turned out really cute.
I would leave little love-notes for My Love in this pocket if I thought there was any chance in the world that he would ever remember to look for them there.
I really like how these hooks look. They are the original hooks that were on the bag. They are used to hang the bag on the post-box so that the postman can empty the box with his hands free. The strip is a seam I cut of and attached to the chair with Velcro. This way I can easily take the bag off.
This makeover project definitely was a challenge. I had never done anything like this. I took pictures all the way through the project though, so just let me know if you would like to know the how-to and I could do a follow-up post showing you how I did it (edited: I made the post with the how to, you can find it here).
PS Isn’t it great that roses just keep blooming until the frost really kicks in.
Yep, another corner of my bedroom finished. This bedroom makeover is taking forever but as long as I keep trudging on one project at a time, it all will get done (although I am not holding my breath that I will be done before 2011 is here, just saying).
Oh and did you see that lovely book wreath.
I originally made if for the guest bed room. But when it was finished is was so big and luscious that it was way too big for that small room, so I repurposed it for my bed room.
So how do you like my postal chair? And are you happy I am back at blogging about makeovers? Yeah me too.
Added: I did a full tutorial on how I reupholstered the chair.