Jackie Teeple first saw the chair about 9-1/2 years ago.
It belonged to her husband’s grandparents. It was covered in a velvet-looking material and was done in a red and gold color scheme, but she definitely saw the potential there, recalls Teeple, who admired the heavy wood and wide armrests.
Years later, her in-laws were ready to toss the aging piece of furniture. She stopped them.
The chair was the inspiration for Teeple getting into furniture refurbishing. This is her first official project, and she’s been working on it for about the past eight months. The Altoona resident’s garage serves as her workshop.
“I definitely see this as the beginning” of a hobby, she says. “But I picked a hard project to start with. It’s a lot more than I thought it would be.”
She pulled the chair apart and sanded all the pieces. She retied the springs and pulled the fabric off, which proved tougher than she anticipated because it was nailed down.
She’s replaced the lining and is getting ready to put the fabric on — Hawkeye black and yellow. After giving it some black paint, the chair will be sitting in her husband’s man cave.
At times, been a frustrating process, she says. So she’s completed smaller projects along the way, like replacing fabric on chairs and repainting a bench.
In addition to furniture restoration, she likes to paint, scrapbook and do other types of crafts.
But she’s definitely been bitten by the furniture refurbishing bug. In addition to the chair, she’s working on a couple of other projects, and is constantly looking for new ones.
Right now, she’s transforming a mirror into a chalkboard, painting the frame a vibrant red and coating the mirror with chalkboard paint. She also recently bought a table at Junk Jubilee, an antiques fair that makes a stop at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. She plans on turning her find, made of old barn wood, into a pub table.
She would really like to work on a dresser next.
“I like the challenge and getting a finished product,” she says of her hobby. “I’m very proud of all the stuff I do. It’s very unique. No one is going to have the same thing.”
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