September 30, 2013

The Velvet Chair is Done

Oh my.  Hubby picked up the velvet chair and it looks incredible.  We've been referring to it as "the garbage chair" but that name no longer seems fitting (even if I did pluck it out of a trash heap). 


I have tried my best, but I just cannot capture the richness and intensity - or even the accurate colour - of the velvet in photos.  It's a very luxurious turquoise/teal in real life, and it beckons you to sink into it.  In the photos it's paler, duller, and bluer.  Hopefully when it's in the lakehouse, I can snap a better photo.  Right now it's chilling in the townhouse, but at the lakehouse I think it will fancy up the living room, popping against the crisp white walls and the soon-to-be charcoal grey fireplace (we successfully convinced Hubby to paint it!). 


I can't even believe this is the same chair:


Kessels Upholstering did a beautiful job.  Every seam is perfectly placed and the removable seat cushion has velvet on both sides and a zipper as well, just in case someone gestures a little too wildly with a glass of red wine.  This chair needed a professional makeover to look right - it required some repairs to the springs and, of course, all new foam.  We paid just over $600 for the labour, and I think it was worth it.  We saved some money refinishing the arms and legs ourselves (and the chair was free).  More importantly, it was the style-savvy gals at Kessels who convinced me to consider velvet in the first place.  The fabric I chose for this project is Elite Textile Renaissance, the colour is 760.   

P.S. Kessels is offering 10% off fabric to Dans le Townhouse readers - just let them know you and I are buds.  This is the same discount I was offered.  I was not perked to work with Kessels, they have just been my go-to for DIY upholstery projects (the houndstooth fabric for the vintage teak kitchen chairs was from there) and professional makeovers (like the minty chair). 

38 comments:

  1. Wahoo!! You convinced him!?!?
    And my jaw just fell on the floor from your amazing new chair. Now garbage chair can just be a cute nickname...

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    1. Haha, yep, he's convinced. He remembered the faux stone looking prettier than it is, plus I suggested we paint the whole exterior charcoal grey next summer and he went for it!!

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  2. I loveeeeeee that color velevet! The chair is gorgeous!
    YAY for painting the fireplace! :)

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    1. Thanks!! Three cheers for the faux fireplace stone getting the boot!

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    1. Except it's too beautiful for bums. It's just for looking, lol.

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  4. This looks soooo great! loving velvet right now. Great job Tanya!

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    1. I'm so happy with my choice. The velvet is gorgeous and this one is insanely durable too - more sore than sturdier looking tweeds we considered.

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  5. Wow, the chair looks amazing! They did a very good job with the upholstery!

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    1. It's so perfect - ever seem is even and symmetrical. I'm still in awe of good upholsters. They work fast, too!

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  6. Oh my gosh that chair is divine! MCM goodness at its finest.

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  7. this chair is now a gem! it;s going to look so chic in the lakehouse! and WOOHOO for convincing hubs to paint that fireplace!

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    1. I'm so excited to see it in place. And to get that fireplace painted!!!

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  8. The chair is amazing!!! That was quite the find.I'm so glad you talked the hubby into painting the fireplace. I think he'll love it when he sees it done.

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    1. I was so excited for you to see the finished chair - I hoped you'd love it. Your opinion on anything mid-century means a lot to me, because I want to keep the feeling of the era.

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  9. This is so, so good Tanya. Simply gorgeous. So worth the money and the effort. You will have this chair forever!

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    1. Thanks Emily! Sometimes it pays to have something done right. My other chair I had done there still looks brand new and it is still one of my favorite furniture pieces because it's exactly what I wanted.

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  10. Love that colour. Such a great chair - can't believe it was rubbish find! x

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    1. I can't believe I found it in the trash, either!! It was a little gross, yes, but how did no one else scoop it up? I am never that lucky . . .

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  11. It is absolutely beautiful. I can picture the colour you say it is. More of a greeney turquoise. I love it!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad between the text and photos I can convey it's real colour. Maybe if I do a video tour I can capture it . . .

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  12. I've just finished the perfect afghan to go with the chair... why don't you send it to me to make sure it's a good match??? Haha... Love the whole project, and that you're getting to explore the gray fireplace idea. Can't wait to see the pictures.

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    1. Ooo, maybe you should send me the afghan, lol. Actually, I'd love to see photos!! Did you knit or crochet it? I'm so jealous of either talent.

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    2. I don't like fussy afghans, so this one is just nice wide strips of a bulky yarn knitted in garter stitch and joined in a kind of invented grafting. That means you don't have to sew the pieces together - which I hate. Let me see if I can get a decent shot of it. Not satisfied with the edging yet, but love the alternating colors (among which a lightish teal features prominently). If you can do the embroidery you've shown us, you can certainly knit. Plus an afghan on the needles is a great excuse to dream on the couch on a snowy day with the half-finished project across your lap while you twiddle a few rows together...

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    3. It sounds GORGEOUS!! I've tried to both knit and crochet, unsuccessfully. I think my left-handedness complicates things as my teachers (both grandmas) are right-handed. Maybe if I found a left-handed knitter to show me I could, but somehow it just hasn't "clicked" for me before. If you get a photo you don't mind me taking a peek at: dans.le.townhouse@gmail.com.

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  13. Wow, love how well the chair came out. I'm so glad the hubby came around on painting the fireplace- I look forward to seeing how it looks.
    But I am so excited about the plan to paint the exterior charcoal grey. It will look fantastic on that style of house. Full of win!

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    1. I am just all over dark grey right now. If I ever decide I'm over it, I'll have a lot to paint out, lol.

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  14. Hello Tanya...
    Thank you so much for such a glowing review of our work! It is always a joy to have clients who appreciate good work and beautiful fabrics.
    All your friends at Kessels wish you much happiness in your new home and hope to see you again sometime for another fun project.
    Best wishes,
    Ria :)

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    1. I am consistently impressed with the work you do and, again, picking out fabric is always a fun and relaxing experience at Kessels. Thanks so much for directing me toward velvet - it was an amazing choice and I could not be happier with the chair. I will definitely make the journey back to Ottawa, even if it's exclusively to pick out some fabric with you!!
      Thanks so much!

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  15. HI there! I found your lovely blog through Better After. What a fabulous chair! It looks so elegant and cool at the same time! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Hi, welcome!! Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm so glad you came by :)

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  16. Speechless! This is exquisite!!!

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    1. Awww, thanks Marty! I don't think I've had anyone use the words "exquisite". I'm so flattered you think so. I owe it to the gals at Kessels for pushing me toward velvet - I never would have thought to use velvet without their recommendation. Sometimes it pays to ask the pros!

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  17. BAM! Love it!
    Have you had any problems with the velvet "crushing?" I had velvet backed pillows for a while but they started to get weird spots where the velvet laid down and wouldn't spring back up.

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    1. I have been wondering if I will have that issue, but so far I haven't. The velvet I chose had a really high double rub rating and I was told it's among the most durable velvets. Having said that, it's an occasional use chair and not one I lounge on daily. I promise to report back on any issues if they arise, but so far so good!

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