So today I started the demolition...
who knew this chair had previously been recovered 3 times. I guess that's not bad for 100 years. Funny though, the upper fabric was dirty but not water stained like the bottom two fabrics.
That's just the beginning, but there were definitely enough rusty tacks for 3 layers of fabric.
Underneath the 3 layers was a layer of cotton batting , a layer of horse hair and a layer of rotted burlap that turned to dust when you touched it. Yuck! Oh, and of course the comfy springs tied with rotted rope.
I had gone this far so I figured I would just go all the way and strip it down completely to the wooden frame.
So... now I have a chair frame. I guess I'll have to build a seat before I can recover it, right?! Where's the Jig saw?
Then both chairs will match. Hopefully, as far as I can remember, Grad Girls chair is not in as bad of shape as this one and we can actually just paint it and recover it. I hope. Fingers crossed.
I'll be sure to post the "after" when we're done... which may not be as soon as I originally had planned!