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Portland Flea Recap // August

Hello Lovely Blog Readers! I'm sad that I've been absent from my blog for a bit now, but it's because I've been so so busy and I have so many things to share! After returning from Seattle and then working at Collage, on my "weekend" I immediately got to work on upholsterying many pieces to get our booth ready from Portland Flea.

First I started working on this beauiful danish modern chair that Chris picked up: 

This is one of my all-time favorite pieces I've done. I've been seeing many upholstered pieces using wool, I wanted to give it a shot. However, I was nervous about the wool stretching out every time someone sat in it. After some research I found out Pellon makes a home decor interfacing for knits and wools exactly for this purpose! It worked like a charm, and I'll definitely be using this quite often. Chris also completely sanded down the frame and stained the wood. It was one of our first big pieces to sell at Portland Flea. 

Second, I worked  on this "quick" little chair. At least that is what I thought at the beginning of the project! It was more of a learning piece than something I'm proud of. The original piece (forgot the before photo!) was old and shredded. However the fabric was in all one piece (no piecing). As I attempted to do the same, I knew that this would be nearly impossible. At the curves, the fabric did not want to lie flat. I made it work the best I could, however, I might re-do this with a seam along the middle. I've been told this will solve all of my problems. 

Finally, the third piece was this amazing Adrian Pearsall sofa: 

I'm super pleased with how it turned out and it already sold! I'm really enjoying the process and completion of upholstery. I know I shared a few months ago how I really didn't like reupholstery, however, I'm singing a different tune. It isn't easy, but I do love the before and after, and the puzzle of putting it all back together again. Also, it really helps to have the right tools! Now that I have an amazing pheumatic staple gun, I'm never stopping! 

After completing these projects nearly in the nick of time, we packed up and headed out! 

In addition to all of the lovely vintage finds at Portland Flea, it's been really fun to make new friendships with many of the vendors! It's pretty much like a big party as we are carrying items in and setting up, except we also have do to heavy lifting! ;) 

Make sure to mark September 16th on your calendar. Also, tomorrow I'm annoucing something extra special that I'm hosting at the September Portland Flea event. Make sure to check back in. :) 


Before & After // Gondola Sofa

Ready for a super retro transformation?! 

Chris and his picker buddy, Clayton, found this sofa literally in pieces and left for trash. They saw the potential and picked it up. It's a mid century Adrian Pearsall style sofa, made right here in Portland in 1966 by B.P John. It's always exciting to take on a new project, especially something like this! 

First, Chris and I took off all of the original foam and shredded fabric. We striped it until it was only the frame. It was pretty disgusting dirty, the vacuum was on hand for all the yucky things that came out of it! 

Next, we installed all new foam and fabric. 

This piece was a collaboration between us and our friends, they made the cushions, and I attached the covered buttons. I love how buttons really finish a piece! 

My favorite part about this sofa is it's pretty V shaped legs! So unique! We are loving having this sofa currently in our living room, but will have to give it over to the new owners soon. For sale on Etsy!



Lounge Chairs & Portland Flea

Sewing cushions makes such a big impact on a piece. I love picking the fabric and then seeing the new piece take shape. I really couldn't be more thrilled with how these turned out! 

This was the first time I sewed zippers into the cushions. It made the process much faster, since I didn't have to do any hand sewing this time. I also love the functionality of being able to wash them easily.

Come see these chairs and much more at this weekend's Portland Flea! We will be Union/Pine from 10am - 4pm, it will be blast. Hope to see you there! ;) 


Johnson Chair Duo Re-do

Chris picked up these amazing chairs for a steal at the local goodwill store. They were in pretty awful shape, but with some attention and love, they turned out great! They ended up being a commissioned project for a local project. They picked out the fabric and we re-did them!

Chris first did the grunt work of pulling off all of the old fabric. Definitely the hardest part of a reupholstering job! He then sanded and stained the wood. I worked on sewing the cushions and stapling everything on. This was the first project that we attempted with the back of the chair upholstered. It's not as scary as it looks, but do expect to spend a lot of time. Re-upholstering chairs is a huge time investment! 


I definitely learned a few things and will change some things for next time, but I'm happy with the overall result!



DIY // Sweater Pillow

A couple of months ago, I picked up this stripy sweater at a flea market for one dollar. I couldn't resist turning it into a pillow. It's really easy to do, you could do this with any type of sweater.


Step 1: Cut off any ribbing from the bottom, sleeves, and neckline. I used a rotary cutter and a straight edge quilting ruler. This sweater squared up to be 18"x 18". Square up to the best measurement based on the sweater that you use.



Step Two: Pin right sides of the sweater together. Be careful to line up the stripes. Sew right sides together, make sure to leave an opening of at least 6 inches. 
Step 3: Trim corners, turn pillow right side out, put insert inside, pin opening, sewing opening shut using slip stitch. 
Step four: Enjoy!