Yeeha! It’s our before and after Parker Knoll!

9 Nov

Ages and ages ago I picked up an old Parker Knoll chair from a Freecycler. Its previous owner had used it as the ‘naughty chair’ for their wee girl (who was very happy to see it go) but she’d grown out of it.

We decided that we’d use it to do our first reupholstering project… and as with all our diy decisions, we then decided to start work on something else completely.

pk chair

So for months it’s been hiding under a fleece and has been much loved by the cats alone… And then we bought some Cath Kidston cowboy fabric (for a completely different project) and came to conclusion that it would suit the Parker Knoll.

So here it is… I think it needs a cushion (something red and bold I feel) but it’s looking pretty good for a chair we got for free!


But the story doesn’t end there… we had quite a bit of the cowboy fabric leftover so we decided to tackle another ‘project-in-waiting’. This time involving an old footstool, a vintage suitcase and a cat. I’ll show you the pics of that in the next post!


19 Responses to “Yeeha! It’s our before and after Parker Knoll!”

  1. cathi 09/11/2009 at 11:34 PM #

    This cowgirl from way back when loves that chair with the wonderful Cath Kidston fabric! Great reupholster job! Can’t wait to see what you did with the rest of the fabric!

  2. professorplum 09/11/2009 at 11:59 PM #

    Wow – that’s gorgeous – what a great transformation, well done – was it difficult?

  3. Eden Rose 10/11/2009 at 12:46 AM #

    Wow, love it! So stylish, did you do it yourself? if so, can i bring a few old chairs of mine around to yours? 😉

  4. Lisa-Marie 10/11/2009 at 12:50 AM #

    That is one very stylish chair! I think it needs a red cushion in jumbo cord. You could make it blue on the back, and then you have the choice! I don’t know why jumbo cord says cowbo to me, but it does!

  5. Trishie Koh 10/11/2009 at 2:27 AM #

    Can’t wait to see the rest…

  6. Rebecca 10/11/2009 at 8:46 AM #

    you did that yourself?! crazy! loves it 🙂

  7. Fay 10/11/2009 at 10:27 AM #

    That is incredible! Excellent choice of fabric too, can’t wait to see the rest of the collection!

  8. Meg 10/11/2009 at 10:53 AM #

    WOW! It looks amazing. Such a very neat job!!

    If you don’t mind me asking, did you follow a particular book or set of instructions and how many metres of the fabric did it take? I have finally got to the end of an intensive cake making period so can re-focus on the flat and get cracking on the projects I have lined up – not least of which are our two battered Parker Knolls. I really hope I can get somewhere close to getting mine as perfect as yours!

    Meg xx

    • Conversation Pieces 10/11/2009 at 7:43 PM #

      Meg (and RayB)… it took much more fabric than we’d anticipated. We’d bought 2 meters originally (we were planning to use it for a different chair) but had to buy another 3 meters in the end (and there wasn’t that much leftover).

      We started out with an old copy of easy living magazine which had reupholstering instructions and by looking at some random sites online. (I’d looked at books in the library all helpfully called ‘how to repair and reupholster’ but they were pretty hard to follow.)

      So being us we just decided to have a go… the other half’s plan was to remove the existing fabric and use that as a template – and sort of reverse engineer it!

      However we got into trouble once we opened up the seat of the chair as the springs were all screwed… turns out the ‘naughty chair’ girl had been using it as a trampoline!

      So in the end we had to enlist the help of a little old guy to sort it out. Was a bit of a debate as we’d wanted to do it all ourselves – but if we’d done that then it would have been a chair for decoration only as opposed to sitting on!

  9. RayB 10/11/2009 at 11:00 AM #

    Ditto to Meg’s comment- would love to know how you did it? Looks amazing!

  10. Bex 10/11/2009 at 11:22 AM #

    Hurrah! That looks bloomin’ awesome! Well done guys!! X

  11. Jenny 10/11/2009 at 12:00 PM #

    Looks brilliant. I am so jealous- George does a good job!! I am looking for a foot stool too but its not been easy!!

  12. Golden Touch 10/11/2009 at 2:54 PM #

    Love your chair!

    Loved your comment on my blog last night too, lol, bless you, I have never had anythikng from Urban Decay before, what did you pick up? xxx

  13. R 10/11/2009 at 3:32 PM #

    I effing love this chair! So amazingly brilliant. Looked at the flickr pictures of your little flat before the renovations over the weekend and you’ve one hell of an imagination to be able to see the potential in that flat and that chair! Rx

    • Conversation Pieces 10/11/2009 at 7:45 PM #

      R – that’s funny, we’ve been looking at the pictures ourselves too today. Hopefully in the next few weeks I’m going to do some proper before and after pics of our place. I keep thinking there’s so much still to do but looking at those pics reminds me of the amazing amount of stuff we’ve done in the last year!

  14. Amy- No.15 10/11/2009 at 3:45 PM #

    Wow, great chair! You did a great job with the re-upholstery. I agree a bold red pillow would look great.

    P.S. So glad you like the abstracts. I had such fun doing them.

  15. Anubis 15/12/2011 at 4:57 AM #

    OMG i have done exactly the same thing with EXACTLY the same chair!!! I picked one up at a local second hand place and it had the same fabric as the one in your pic and eerything! I used Cath Kidston Spray Flowers fabric (white) with a light blue piping cord.

    I’m dead chufed with it, you must be pleased too as yours looks lovely!


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