The Curved Ball

Chair 015 Wm


Well, this week I had intended to do more work on my part reupholstered chair.

Was quite looking forward to it actually. I’d cleared off a couple of hefty household chores, the weather is still looking iffy..  the perfect opportunity. I’d even gone as far as voicing the notion to Mike, in the way of casual conversation. As you do. And mostly thinking aloud because I’d remembered I need to order more tacks. Mistake.

His ears pricked up. “Ah, I’d been meaning to talk to you about that.”

Oh-oh. “Yes I know, it’s been hanging around a bit. I thought you’d be pleased.”

“I am, I am. It’s just that I wondered if we might have a quick look at the chair by my desk..”



The desk chair in question is by no means antique. It’s not even particularly attractive as a repro. And it’s suffered considerable damage to the frame. My father, from whence it came, had a go at re-covering it many years ago using an offcut from a pair of curtains. It’s not done too badly considering.

Nonetheless, and almost overnight it would seem, the chair has attained such a level of discomfort that it must now be propelled to the front of the queue. So it’s back to the books and the internet for instruction. The quick and dirty, free delivery, simple tack order from Amazon has ballooned into a quite different beast.


Mike's chair 002 Wm[2]


But I discovered something interesting while taking it apart and looking at the underside of the seat.

When Mike finally reaches his dotage his chair has conversion possibilities, n’est-ce pas?


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  1. Janet/Plantaliscious February 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Definite potential 😉 Sorry you got waylaid on your way to Project Chair Completion, hope it is a short detour, and I’m sure Mike – and his backside – will be very grateful. Perhaps grateful enough for you to have gained Important Capital in the who owes who bank?!

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      I am hoping it will be a short detour, if I have read the right section of the book anyway! The lengthiest bit will be agreeing which top fabric to use I suspect.

  2. Amy at love made my home February 25, 2014 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Mais oui! C’est possible!! xx

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 5:56 pm - Reply


  3. Joanne February 25, 2014 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Ha ha ha, you awful lady!

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      I do wonder who cut that shape into the base of the chair. It could well have been my old pa, he had a wicked sense of humour.

  4. justjilluk February 25, 2014 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Thats taking upcycling a bit too far!

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      Waste not want not..

  5. Jo February 25, 2014 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Ha ha, I bet Mike is even more anxious for you to get that seat back in place now.

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      He says he is going to help me with it… so I think you could be right!

  6. Em February 25, 2014 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Just needs some wheels on the bottom too and it’ll be perfect! By the way, I managed to get that video clip working of the dogs. What a palaver – it used to be easier than that I’m sure.

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      Good point re wheels.
      Videos really are a palaver. I was tearing my hair out doing the pheasant one, and that was even before the challenge of getting it on the blog. I’ll pop back for a look!

  7. Wendy February 25, 2014 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Ah – what a glimpse into the future! Sorry to hear that your own chair project was placed onto the back burner, especially after you’d made that time free for it.

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      In theory the desk chair should be a quick job, but how many times have I said that before. And of course I’ve never done one..

  8. Leanne February 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    I have a chair in my bedroom, that was mine when I was a little girl. It is in a sorry state of repair, and I would love to recover it. I think I will have to take it to my local upholsterer. I could never attempt a project like this in million years, so I admire anyone that just does stuff like this. Can’t wait to see your chair when it’s finished.

    Leanne xx

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 6:38 pm - Reply

      With the armchair I have really gone in at the deep end. I should have started off with something like the desk chair… or even a footstool! So perhaps it will be an opportunity to learn some of the basic techniques before I get any further with the big one.

  9. Crafty Gardener February 25, 2014 at 4:21 pm - Reply


    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      Future proofing!

  10. Vera February 25, 2014 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    One handy chair indeed! Are you going to keep its ‘usefulness’ after its renovation?

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 6:49 pm - Reply

      It’s only right to preserve its historic features.

  11. Pauline February 25, 2014 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Wicked! You have a talent which will be used to the full, I can see it coming! Looking forward to seeing both chairs when they are done.

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      It’s actually getting to be quite fun, it’s juggling everything that needs doing that’s the problem… especially with Spring fast approaching.

  12. ournewlifeinthecountry February 25, 2014 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Think of the hours you would be able to spend Blog hopping if you never had to leave your chair to answer the call of nature,…. claim his chair for yourself quick 🙂

    I can’t wait to see your chair if it ever gets finished, although in some ways though I’d rather wait if it meant we were both out busy with the planting and tending because the weather was simply too glorious to be stuck indoors. (I’m living in a dream world here aren’t I?)

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      Maybe you are, but there are plenty more of us in there with you!

  13. Denise February 25, 2014 at 5:17 pm - Reply


    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      Exactly. The current seat was an addition, the original upholstery would have been integral to the chair. It does rather bear the mark of my late father. As well as having a sense of humour he was also an engineer.

  14. CJ February 25, 2014 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    It could be a whole new sideline for you in chair repurposing.

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      Now there’s a thought. Dragons Den?

  15. Simone February 25, 2014 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    My goodness! I didn’t expect that!!!

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      Me neither.

  16. Sue@GLAllotments February 25, 2014 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Oh dear next time stay quiet about your intentions, dare you to but n alternative seat!

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      He says he is going to help me…I think he fears I just might.

  17. Eleanor from Stitches and Seeds February 25, 2014 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Brilliant! Have fun xxx

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 7:29 pm - Reply

      I will!

  18. Sarah February 25, 2014 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Does Mike know you have future plans for it for him? Sarah x

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      We had a good laugh about it when we took the seat apart. Most chairs of this design have a gap under the seat, it’s just the shape of it that got us thinking..

  19. countrysidetales February 25, 2014 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    You are a woman of many talents. Might he get stuck in it…?

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      I’ll ration the number of hot cross buns, just to be on the safe side.

  20. snowbird February 25, 2014 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Hahahaha….brilliant….a commode!!!! How surprising! Wonderful stuff….good look with that!xxx

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      You never know what you’re going to find when you mess around with old furniture!

  21. Abby February 25, 2014 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    A velvet-lined commode – how posh! Your pa sounds like he was a good ‘un! X

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      He was the best. Have a great holiday Abby x

  22. islandthreads February 25, 2014 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    lol 🙂

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      So did we!

  23. BadPenny February 25, 2014 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    best chuckle I’ve had today ! Thank you xx

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks Penny, you’re welcome 🙂

  24. Anna February 25, 2014 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    🙂 Oh Jessica that chair just needs some wheels on plus an overhead canopy and it would then be all systems go for any eventuality.

    • Jessica February 25, 2014 at 10:48 pm - Reply

      If it has wheels it will also need a brake. Floors are uneven. And outside .. Oh la la.

  25. nataliescarberry February 26, 2014 at 1:52 am - Reply

    I’m so impressed that you upholster things yourself. I’ve tried a lot of things, but that’s just something I would never even attempt. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

    • Jessica February 26, 2014 at 10:19 am - Reply

      It may yet turn out that I shouldn’t have attempted it either!

  26. Caroline Taylor February 26, 2014 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    How funny! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

    • Jessica February 27, 2014 at 9:15 am - Reply

      It’ll probably end up looking much the same, although with a bit more padding! The green velvet is a fairly close match to the leather on the desk, so I’ll probably stick with something close to it.

  27. Ali February 26, 2014 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Ewww! I’ll never forget discovering that the chair in the room of a dodgy B&B I stayed in once, was, in fact, a commode. The trauma….

    • Jessica February 27, 2014 at 9:17 am - Reply

      I’ve come across them at antiques fairs and auctions too. I have to admit I’ve never thought of buying one.

  28. frayed at the edge February 26, 2014 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    All you need to do now is to put castors on the chair, then it can be wheeled to the appropriate room ………

    • Jessica February 27, 2014 at 9:18 am - Reply


  29. welshhillsagain February 26, 2014 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    I would love to have a go at upholstery but it is one of those things which I know my other half would be much better at than I would which is rather off putting! Mind you, your chair is an inspired place to start.

    • Jessica February 27, 2014 at 9:22 am - Reply

      It was probably not the best place to start (the armchair), but that’s me. When I started knitting it was a fair isle jumper, not a plain scarf. And my first cookbook was by the Roux Brothers.

  30. SeagullSuzie February 27, 2014 at 9:41 am - Reply

    How funny!

    • Jessica February 27, 2014 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      I shall never look at that chair in the same light again.

  31. wherethejourneytakesme February 27, 2014 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Ha Ha very funny jessica but it is always good to have dual purpose objects – less to store/ clean etc. I would hang onto it as the ones that are provided by the NHS, should you ever need one, are not half as pretty!!

    • Jessica February 28, 2014 at 9:12 am - Reply

      I will bear that in mind, thank you Viv!

  32. knitsofacto February 27, 2014 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Upturned like that and out of context it would make a hilarious entry to the ‘guess what it is’ contests they run at my mother’s WI.

    • Jessica February 28, 2014 at 9:19 am - Reply

      The mind boggles!

  33. Natalie March 1, 2014 at 3:35 am - Reply

    Well now, THAT’S interesting!! I guess you just never know what’s lurking under the upholstery!

    • Jessica March 1, 2014 at 10:44 am - Reply

      Ripping an old chair apart has been one of the most enjoyable bits, peeling back the layers of what people did before. Much like restoring an old house. I probably won’t top this one though!

  34. Caro March 1, 2014 at 11:12 am - Reply

    So funny! Love your ‘can do’ attitude, you’re a woman after my own heart! Of course, you might find that if re-upholstering Mike’s chair was to take a while, he might have more standing up time to help in the garden … 😉

    • Jessica March 1, 2014 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      I like your thinking.. !!

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