Utah State Legislature Chairs {Part 1}

10:03 PM

I bought 2 chairs from craigslist for $5.00 each.
They are solid wood frames with blue leather.  The leather was all cracked, and I'd been planning on reupholstering these from the beginning, but as I started stripping them, it was fun to find out where they came from.

Made in Bedford, Ohio. I wish there was a date to know when they were constructed.

I noticed these barcodes on them.  The seller mentioned they had 200 of these chairs, they obviously purchased from the Utah State Capitol.  It's been refinished recently, and a lot of things were auctioned off.

My chairs have metal assignments under the leg.  I thought these were pretty cool, showing they were used in the Utah State Legislature and each chair was assigned a row and seat.

But these were a pain to get naked.  So many tacks to pry out.

I decided I wouldn't be putting hundreds of tacks back in, so I am going to do a different edge finish with double welt instead.

Lots of nasty padding and disinegrated foam to throw away. 
I decided to keep the electric blue leather.  Something could be cool with all of that.
Maybe a future purse or kid shoes.

So more to come on these chairs...kind of nervous to attack real upholstery.

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  1. That's cool that you got chairs from the capitol. You can tell your kids that they have some history behind them. Can't wait to see the after pictures. P.S. your artichoke dress is cute :-)

  2. Wow! Such a cool find!!

    I have a link party on Fridays I'd love you to join!

  3. Yikes, that is a lot of tacks. Excited to see the finished project! Good luck.

  4. wow! So cool. If you like the looks of the tacks, I have seen them on design shows where they are a ribbon and you only tack in like every 5th one or something. In case...

  5. oooh, I can't wait to see the finshed product!

    just saw you over on Blue Cricket Design...loved the tutorial!

  6. congrats on the chair find! I think that is SO cool :)

  7. wow, I am always so impressed with the variety of projects you take on - you're creative and brave :). I can't wait to see how these turn out.

  8. I would love to have some of these chairs. Can you tell us the name of the seller to get in contact with them??
    Kara B


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