Tuesday, 5 July 2016

How To Reach Your Final Fabric Choice

Sometimes choosing fabric can seem to be an overwhelming feat. But, with a few bullet points to run through, your final fabric choice can be reached swiftly & easily. Learn how to show off your flamboyant personality or let the subtleness of your final room setting speak for itself.

Research & Inspiration & Mood Bag
  • Flick through magazines & copy the picture that reflects what you are after achieving.  
  • Access up to date magazines free at your local library.
  • Magazine Apps like Mansion Homes, Home Interior Design Ideas, have pictures to browse. Houzz is another fabulous app to find inspiration.
  • Restaurants, hotels, coffee shops can offer colour themes or styles
  • Create a mood board that can be carried around in your bag. Ziploc bags are perfect in size for decorative buttons, braid, sample fabric squares, paint colour swatches

Try before you buy
  • Pop in to our showroom to borrow our fabric swatches for a day or two. It is so important to check how the light in your home changes the fabric effects at different times of the day & evening.
  • Ask Padgham staff to order manufacturers swatches free of charge so you can feel the fabric, compare the colour & pattern against your curtains, cushions, rugs & how it blends or stands out within your room setting.

Overall cost & Practicality
  • Have a small hand held notepad to write down absolutely everything you may possibly need to remember
  • Measurements of furniture & how much fabric is required for your project
  • Names of fabric choices, time length for ordering & cost per metre,
  • Number of Martindale rubs for durability, clean-ability, practicality 
Know your budget & try your best to stick to it!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Danish Armchair Tutorial

Mid Century Modern (MCM) is a movement that originated in the 20th century.  Typically, MCM designs focus on functionality and practicality.  Therefore most MCM designed furniture have organic shapes, minimal adornment and clean lines.

Typical Danish Style Armchair
 At present, MCM furniture is undergoing a resurgence in the Design World.  TV shows like Mad Men have only heightened their popularity.
Danish armchairs are typical of the MCM period.  Their clean lines make it easy to mix with eclectic styles in a modern, contemporary home.  And their compact shape makes it an easy fit for today’s apartment style living.

Here at Padghams we run a Danish Style Chair Tutorial.  Adrian, our Master Upholsterer, takes you through the various components of the Danish Chair:

Zig Zag Springs
-       How to make minor frame repairs and reviving show-wood.
-       Springs:  Tension or Zig Zag springs.  The various ways springs are arranged on Danish armchairs.
-       Vinyl or Quilted chair bases.
-       Foam selection
-       And finally making cushions.

Keep an eye out for future dates on our Danish Armchair tutorials on our Website or Social Media.

Jennifer Salvana.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Remove Built up Wax and Furniture Polish

Here is fabulous formula to remove built up wax and years of furniture polish from your wooden furniture.  You wont believe the shine!

25% each of White Vinegar, Mineral Turps, Linseed Oil and Methylated Spirit  Mix in a bottle and shake. Apply to timber wiping with a soft cloth and you will find the old polish comes off on the cloth. You may need to apply it several times to get the best result.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Tips for Choosing your first Upholstery Project

You will be tempted by lots of discarded pieces of furniture lining the streets, listed on EBay or hanging out in your local Op Shop.  Take a deep breath.

Your heart will skip a beat as the possibilities of what you can create from that forlorn looking piece of furniture run through your mind.  Take a deep breath.

You will convince yourself that you can do this project, of course you can... and you may even start collecting a few pieces and before you know it your garage is overflowing you have no idea what your doing and you feel deflated.

Before you go down that road here are some tips and thoughts on choosing your first upholstery project.

What to look for:-
  • Bridge Chairs, Dining Room Chairs and footstools are a great place to start. They are easily lifted on to a table so they are sitting at the right work height for your back. They are simple and because of this you will feel a sense of achievement when you complete your project. 

  • Whatever you choose remember to check the frame - it may need some work. No point recovering a chair if the frame is falling apart. Generally frames can be strengthened by squeezing a dollop of  PVA glue into the joints and clamping them together for 24 hours. 
  • Consider the condition of the wooden frame. One of the big appeals of recovering old furniture is that the frames are generally made from hard wood and they are diamonds in the rough just waiting to be bought back to life. Make sure there are no borer in your frame or rotten wood.
  • Is there anything you can salvage? One of the biggest mistakes we see in our classes is over enthusiastic stripping.  You can reuse coconut fibre (even if it's a bit dusty), flock and you definitely should keep a stitched edge. 

Have fun and if you get stuck we have classes, books and DVDs that can help.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

How to replace cane panels

Do not despair…take on this DIY dare!
Here’s how to replace the cane in your broken cane chair

This handy step by step guide will help you install new cane paneling into your chair making it much stronger than before and looking as good as new.

Before applying cane make sure your furniture is solid, because when the cane dries it applies tension to the frame and has been known to pull unsturdy frames apart.

Cane paneling is usually found in 45cm and 60cm widths. Pith can be purchased separately and is usually up to 2m long.

Soak cane & pith in bathtub overnight or at least 4-5 hours.

Remove old rattan from seat with router, electric drill or chisel. Lightly sand edges of groove to remove any sharp edges.

Apply rattan to the seat shiny side facing upwards.

Make sure to keep the rattan straight it may be worth marking the centre front & centre back of the chair as well the the centre front & centre back of the rattan & match them up.

Push the rattan into the groove of the chair with a thin blunt instrument (even a 1/2 wooden peg) If you use something sharp it may cut the rattan. Make sure you push the rattan right down the bottom of the groove.

Carefully cut the rattan with a new bladed stanley knife a couple of mm below the top of the outside edge of the groove. It may be worth putting a block of wood on top of the rattan where it curves over the outside edge of groove, so if you slip the knife will plunge into the wood & not your hand.
Squeeze some PVA glue into the groove covering the bottom of the groove completely & let it sit for 5 mins before pushing the pith into the groove tapping it in with a (clean) mallet or hammer. Cut the end of the pith with a sharp stanley knife, you can cut to a mitre if you like.

Wipe any excess glue away with a damp cloth.

Let chair air dry without any help from heaters or sun.

Don't stain, varnish or paint for at least 24 hours.


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Trim on an antique chair

Antique chairs with narrow channels - where the fabric is attached to the frame – need to be finished with off with a neat trim. Trim hides the tacks or staples and edge of the fabric, and makes the upholstery look smart. There are a few options for trim: decorative nails, braid (otherwise known as gimp), or double-piping.

Decorative nails come in many classic-looking as well as contemporary varieties, and are easier to apply in strips rather than individually. Nail strips are attached using a single nail every 5th spot and are very malleable, thus able to travel smoothly around curves and corners. Singular nails can be attached using a Quicknailer; a handy little device that lines up the nails evenly.

Braid is an easy option as it is attached using a hot glue gun. A small amount of hot glue is placed along the channel on the chair, and braid is pressed gently into it. To begin or finish your braid simply fold and glue about 1cm of the end of the braid under itself, and then glue it to the chair. Braid needs to be carefully matched to the fabric, and generally it is better to go slightly darker with the braid than lighter.

Double piping is generally made by professional upholsterers who have access to an industrial sewing machine and a piping foot, however it is possible to attempt it on a domestic machine with the right equipment. You may want to consult youtube before attempting. One side of the fabric is sewn over the piping cord, then the other is sewn over the second length of cord as close as possible to the first. Fabric is trimmed off neatly in the centre, then piping is turned over and hot-glued around the chair.