Saturday, 9 April 2011

Vintage Deckchair Makeover....

Thank you so much for the lovely feedback on my crossroads post, I aim to get back to you and say thanks too. I am slowly putting the wheels in motion which would enable me to get out, work with others whilst also doing the crafting which I love so much. I have really appreciated your excellent advice, tips and comments.

To keep me busy, and whilst the days are getting lighter and sunnier I thought I would get on with a makeover on one of my vintage deckchairs that I picked up for a song at the car boot yonkees ago. Here they are looking lovely as they are are, but I wanted to make them a little more girly and prettier.



The original canvas was in really good condition so after some super advice about keeping the canvas on, which would make a good support for the new fabric, I decided I wouldn't untack it. The original canvas is tacked on so I simply took some measurements, hemmed the edges neatly on the new fabric, and tacked it on top. Now if I was selling these, I would pop a cover under the canvas also, so you could see the pretty fabric from the back too, but as they shall be for my own use I just used a top cover.

These vintage deckchairs also have a a wooden shade that you can just make out in the photograph at the back, and swings over the top. I think at some point I shall cover these too, as would look quite pretty, though I haven't quite worked out how to do this yet, as they didn't come with any canvas on, am not quite sure how they would originally have looked. I simply unscrewed them and put to one side for another day. Being a girl who loves her paint, I popped a little undercoat on and then got round to choosing some fabrics....hmmmm not an easy choice, as I have so many I love. I had a little practise run to help me choose the perfect one.




















All very nice, but just not doing it for me. Hmmmm I thought, I shall just try out this one. Voila!! Perfect. I promptly got round to hemming the edges and rooting in the garage for some upholstery tacks.

Here it is as a work in progress....  




Looking good I thought, I popped another coat of paint on, though I am actually looking forward to it getting that weathered in look, so I was a little slap dash putting the paint on really.
Just needs a finishing touch I thought.....Ah yes, a sweet little coordinating handmade pillow, ah, that's better.





All I need now is a Pimms and I shall be happy as Larry.

X

17 comments:

  1. Wow they are fanatstic. You are such a clever lady :) x

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  2. So pretty! You definitely can't beat a comfy deckchair in this weather. Long may it last. Love your little neck pillow too!

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  3. I soooo neeeed one of those.....

    Lx

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  4. So lovely, very pretty and clever, makes me want to be sitting in one!

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  5. How lovely, hope you enjoy many days lazing in them this summer.

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  6. These are fantastic. I love the old fashion desk chairs, they are far more comfortable. These are covered in beautiful fabric.

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  7. Your deckchair looks fantastic - what a transformation! Hope the good weather continues and you can enjoy it!
    Liz

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  8. There's 2 chairs yes? Enough Pimms for me? I'm on my way...!

    They look perfect!

    Victoria xx

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  9. They're fantastic!! Perfect for a lovely British summers day.
    Emma x

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  10. hello Mrs P

    I have been painting chairs this weekend too, hasnt this sun been fantastic!

    xx

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  11. They look lovely. When I had a go at doing this I didn't make the material long enough so when I tried to fold the deck chair up it wouldn't fold flat! Doh!

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