Hidden Art Friday

Happy Friday, everybody!

We took an extra week off of school this week. My husband is busy grading exams all the way through this weekend, so we were going to just continue on with school, but then I realized we wouldn’t do much Christmas ‘fun stuff’ if we kept going with school. So, we took the week off. Not that we’ve done much of the ‘fun stuff’; we did decorate some more ornaments, and might make Christmas cookies tomorrow, but mostly we’ve been catching up on odds and ends around the house and reading a lot of books.

I don’t know if it’s because people are trying to clear our their houses for Christmas, but I have found some great treasures on Craigslist this week. I came home with a beautiful sideboard for our dining room, two demilune side tables for the living room, and this little treasure:

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After consulting with my Mom (otherwise known as my antiques expert), we have decided that this chair is a cross between a Bentwood and a Morris chair, with the added twist of being a recliner. It is just beautiful. It’s a low chair, which makes it perfect for the kids to climb into, but it’s comfy enough that my husband doesn’t mind. Sadly, the upholstery that it came with, which I do not think is original, makes it look like this:


Awful, right? I will be recovering them, as well as either cutting down the back cushion to size, or possibly just switching out the back cushion for a European Square pillow, which is just the right size. I would like to recover it in leather, but I’ve never worked with leather, and while I can buy a leather needle for my sewing machine, I just don’t know how successful the project will be. Otherwise, I’m thinking something solid–maybe a medium brown or camel color. But leather would just look better! I’m just going to have to decide if I’m willing to bite the bullet and try. We’ll see.

Here at e2s, we will be taking the next two weeks off for Christmas. We wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a joyful New Year!


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2 Responses to Hidden Art Friday

  1. Christine Miller says:

    I would cover what you have with a pretty quilt or an otherwise warm, soft, inviting blanket until you figure out if you can sew leather. My dad used to upholster stuff with canvas and leather but he had an industrial type sewing machine. Never known anyone to sew anything leather on a regular machine but then the machines can do lots of stuff nowadays they didn’t used to be able to do.

  2. EStack says:

    Leather can be easy! I’ve sewn things by hand, just punch holes where you want to stitch. I’ve never tried machine sewing. What a lovely chair.

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