By Ernest Barnier. Barrel Chair. Published at Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 - 11:24:22 AM.
I know of upholstery classes where you can take your project along with you and work on it once a week over a number of months. I'm afraid I would not be patient enough to do that. So consider buying a ready made barrel chair slipcover from a department store. If you do buy one online, check to see that you can return it for a refund or at least an exchange, and there are no penalties for doing so, like a restocking charge.
The wood barrels have a limited life span of five years with the winemaker, but it's lifespan can be extended by recycling the wine barrels into furniture. After a barrel has been used by the wine maker, the wood has absorbed the natural colors of the wine and has taken on a beautiful aged appearance. The most stunning and distinctive furniture can be created out of the wood from these wine barrels.
Homeowners are able to use the warm coloring of each of the pieces to create a welcoming atmosphere within their home. Each piece of furniture provides a rustic charm and reflects the creativity of the artist. In addition, the aesthetic appeals of the furniture created from the barrels are in high demand. With a wide selection of items available, homeowners are able to create a unique design in each room of their rooms. The furniture can also be passed down from one generation to another since the pieces are handcrafted and no two pieces are completely alike.
After many years in the antiques trade, I learned how to do my own reupholstery reasonably well, but sadly when it came to barrel chairs, I would usually pass on them when I saw them for sale, and I would always refuse to recover them for clients - they are just too difficult even for a reasonably experienced upholsterer. Straight back and sides I could manage, but many of the older chairs had tufted or ribbed backs, which involves an incredible amount of work, and if the fabric is patterned, they can look like a dog's dinner when you've finished.
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