Grandma's comfy chair - part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the House of Miniatures Chippendale Wing Chair.  I found the instructions for this kit to be well thought out and adequately descriptive.  The illustrations were helpful and made putting the chair together relatively simple.  I just followed step by step, and the chair came to life. :D

Let's not confuse matters and say it was easy...but simple in the straightforward approach the assembly follows.  I did make a few modifications to the directions, and these might not make sense unless you are making this exact kit.  I would not have thought to do these things if I hadn't made the Millie August sofa kit previously.  I am so glad I ran into that taught me a lot of tips and tricks for upholstering mini furniture.  Unless otherwise noted, I followed the directions exactly.

In Step 3, the rounded moldings were longer than the chair sides.  I glued them so the tops were flush and then sanded the excess from the bottom once the glue was dry.  This might not be an issue for all kits.

In Step 8, you are to wrap the fabric around the card piece, including the bottom and back edges.  I left these loose and wrapped only the curved front edge.  I then glued the card to the side and wrapped the back and bottom edges around the wood, cutting flush with the opposite side.  Otherwise, I would risk the fabric pieces not matching up with the back and seat coverings added later, therefore leaving gaps.  (Doing this actually saved the piece in the end.)

In Step 9, I wrapped all edges of the card except those around the bottom of the rolled edge.

I again wrapped these ends under the wood on the bottom.  (This did end up being a little bulky in the end, but I would have had gaps without doing it so it was worth it.)

Any gaps along the back or bottom edges for Step 9 won't matter since these are joined on the inside with the back and seat to form the chair.

I did plan having roses centered on the arm rests, but I left the pattern random for the rest of the chair.  :]

I will point out that you may need to cut new card pieces.  A couple of the pieces were shorter than needed.  I had to cut completely new pieces for D and E in Steps 8 and 9 for the second of the side assemblies, even though the first side worked perfectly with the original card pieces.  Here you can see just how off the original piece E was around the front curve.

The patterns aren't very precise, especially after you've added fabric in previous steps.  Depending on the lightness of your fabric any shortness around the edges may show.  Here you can see a little of the wood underneath at the bottom of the rolled edge.  This should end up looking like nothing more than a shadow and not be obvious in the end.

I should add, too, that the white card I added to the kit card pieces to make the color of the fabric truer did not interfere with the assembly of the chair.  It might have resulted in slightly thicker "piping" around the pieces, but it still looks in scale.  If you add anything, though, it has to be very thin or take over for the kit supplied card in like thickness.

In Step 12, I painted the chair base (piece 52) white before adding the fabric.  Otherwise, the fabric would have appeared darker on this piece due to being over bare wood instead of white card or white batting.

Also, since I wasn't using the more rigid foam for the back cushion, I cut an extra piece of card for the back of the millinery batting layers to make it easier to cover with fabric.

In Step 13, I painted the edges of the seat cushion white for the same reason I had done so for the chair base.

In Step 14, for the actual assembly of the fabric covered pieces, I glued the back to the seat as indicated.  I then glued on one side, but this is where I deviated from the instructions.  I glued in the seat cushion next.

I then glued in the back cushion and slathered on the glue.

I then glued on the other side.  This ensured a good, solid fit for all the pieces instead of waiting until the end to try to make adjustments.  One happy accident: using millinery batting instead of a solid foam piece for the back cushion resulted in a delightfully saggy back to the chair.  It looks like it has been well-loved all these years.  :D

The Tapioca paint on the foundation ended up being a little too light when paired with the fabric, so I added a coat of warmer yellow.  I mixed the paint on the fly to coordinate, and I'll never be able to replicate it.

I think the chair turned out very well and I'm so pleased with it.  I think using patterned fabric helps hide any inconsistencies that the solid blue fabric included with the kit would have accentuated.  :]

In fact, I love the fabric I used.  It's just the sort of feminine touch I was after.  The piece I used was 11" x 11" and, with careful planning, I had just enough.  If you use a fabric with a pattern that needs to be matched, you might need a larger piece.

Interestingly, the black and white photo shown on the instruction sheet shows a similar floral pattern.

I've added one of my white patterned pillows with lace flower detailing.  It was the only one I had on hand that coordinated well.  A red one might be nice, too.

Considering I didn't think I'd ever end up using this kit (it was included in a lot I bought), I might be inclined to pick up another if I find a good deal.  :]  It really is a classic design that can be so many things depending on the fabric.  Ophelia loves it.

Miss Kitty loves it.

I want to sit in it!  :D


Comment from: Terry [Visitor]

The chair is beautiful. I completed this chair kit a few years ago. It was very rewarding. I liked that if you follow the directions, and take your time you ended up with a beautiful piece. Grandma has great taste!

11/15/12 @ 05:32
Comment from: April [Visitor]

Years ago I made this chair and sofa. The HOM kits are wonderful and is why I’ve got a bunch hoarded for builds &#59;) When made with careful attention you really get a beautiful piece, such as this chair. Good thing you made those little lint rollers, Ophelia looks very ready to fuzz it up!

11/15/12 @ 06:25
Comment from: Eliana [Visitor]

The armchair is wonderful, Brae! The white paper as background for the fabric was a great solution.

11/15/12 @ 06:40
Comment from: rosanna [Visitor]

Lovely chair.
I built up the sofa a few years ago and instructions were really good and straightforward although I had to make a few patterns as well which were a tad too small just like yours.
Cannot look forward to seeing it in Granny’s room.

11/15/12 @ 06:46
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]

It’s beautiful, Brae! I adore that fabric! It’s so cheerful!

11/15/12 @ 08:26
Comment from: Evelyne [Visitor]

It looks so cozy!!!

This chair is a perfect fit for Miss Kitty. :)

11/15/12 @ 08:54
Comment from: Natalia [Visitor]  

Just wonderful comfy Granny’s chair? Brae! The cat is not ready only to eat all cookies but to make this chair hers as well. have a great weekend!

11/15/12 @ 17:48
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thanks so much, everyone! :D

Natalia - you might be on to something…I thought there were a few cookies missing. :))

11/15/12 @ 19:23
Comment from: Rosamargarita [Visitor]

Una explicación grandiosa y un resultado perfecto!
Un abrazo

11/15/12 @ 19:44
Comment from: Pip [Visitor]

It looks great! I wish I could find a kit like that, it looks like a lot of fun to make. :)

11/15/12 @ 20:46
Comment from: Cathy [Visitor]

Sitting in my “ergonomic” (not) chair at work, your comfy chair looks so inviting to me right now! Lucky Miss Kitty :)
So nice of you to share your work….I am always wondering how other people tackle mini upholstery when I am holding the glue bottle and have tiny snippets of fabric stuck to my fingers. Thank you!

11/16/12 @ 06:19
Comment from: Gaye [Visitor]

Love it!

11/16/12 @ 18:38
Comment from: Norma [Visitor]

The fabric is really pretty. Thanks so much for taking the time and trouble to put together such a wonderful ’step by step’ on the upholstery and finishing.

11/17/12 @ 15:16
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you! :D It is definitely a challenge to keep glue off the parts you want to stay clean. :yes:

11/17/12 @ 19:10
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]

It was good to see the process step by step and I like your choice of fabric.

11/18/12 @ 03:22

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