Saturday, March 20, 2010


Just to kick things off, let me show you what my garage looks like right now.

I think it's time for an intervention. This can't be healthy.

As for NC ("Nasty Chair"), progress is being made. Yesterday I restocked on fine grit sandpaper and bought a 2-pack of masks.

This morning I spent a blissful 3 hours alone in Boise, during which I visited a local upholstery shop. See, I have this book.

It's a great book. It's helped me realize that upholstery isn't all that hard or scary and is just so well written and photographed that I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to teach themselves how to upholster.

At the front are several pages reviewing basic tools, materials, different fabrics, etc. Then it gets into various projects and shows how to do almost every step in photos and text. So last night I found a project in the book that's very similar to mine and began making note of what materials I'd need for NC. Some of them I knew I wouldn't be able to find at my local fabric store, so this morning I called a couple of upholstery shops until I found one that was a.) open on Saturday and b.) willing to sell me the supplies I needed.

The upholstery guy was super helpful, especially since I brought my book with me and photos of my project so he'd know what I was looking for. (He actually has this same book, too!) He gave me some pointers, helped me figure out how much I'd need of each material then gave me about 3 times that amount and wished me luck with my project.

I spent $15 on (a lot of) the following:

cotton batting


hemp burlap

4" webbing

This afternoon I spent about an hour sanding the paint off of NC. Towards the end my head was pounding and I felt sick to my stomach, so I had to call it quits.

I didn't get every bit of paint off, especially on the front legs where there are lots of curves and grooves. But I think I got all of the spots where the paint was loose or cracked, which is all I was really aiming for.

Oh, yeah. I splurged and bought one of these today, too.

Reeeallly, wishing I'd had one yesterday.

I also bought fabric during my alone time today. I'm not entirely sure what it's made of, but it looks like linen and has a great texture that's rough and smooth at the same time.

I'm not sure how true the color is coming through in this photo, but it's a sort of a darkish taupey-mushroomy color. Sort of.

Paint was also purchased- "Cappuccino White" by Glidden in high gloss.

Last night before bed I had to rub hydrocortizone cream around my eyes so the skin would stop itching. Today I'm less itchy, still a little puffy and have been fighting headaches and/or nausea since noon.
But the chair is now paint ready so progress is definitely being made!


Jake & Lisa Danes said...

If you get another "nasty chair" you might want to look into a better face mask. One with filters on it that makes you sound like Darth Vader when you breath. It might save you from lead poisoning. ;)

eve said...

yea, scary.
i love hearing the progress & seeing what you have in store. it is so inspirational, maybe someday i'll try it, too. you are so cool.