Down to the batting

Last weekend, I finally got around to the last bit of ripping and tearing at my club chair to get it ready for fabric.  Down to the batting, it looks like this:

I’m not sure if this is a reupholstery faux pas, but I’ve decided to keep the batting that remains on the chair. (Obviously, I need to smooth it back into the crease a bunch.) It’s this super soft, unrefined wool. Is there any chance I’d be able to find something similar for a good price? Hopefully, I’ll also be able to save the batting I had to take off of the back part of the chair. I’m not sure yet where I’ll be able to find the stiff cardboard that I had to destroy in order to get all the fabric off. 
There’s a lot of hindsight going on with this chair. That’s what’s supposed to happen with a learning project, right?

Just for fun, check this out:

Inside the chair, I found 30 cents, a Canada flag pin, a stamp, and a bobby pin. The stamp was the most indicative of the era of this chair. See?

How long ago do you think Easter Seals would have put such a politically incorrect term on their stamps? After some quick research, my guess places this stamp, and, therefore, my chair, somewhere in the 80s or early 90s.

In fact, it’s likely at least as old as I am.

Anyone know anything else about these stamps?

0 thoughts on “Down to the batting

  1. Whoa! I was planning on recovering my sectional at some point in the near future but uuuuummmmm…. not so sure anymore. Hope you can show pics of your progress so I can learn a thing or two before I destroy my furniture lol. That stamp is cool. I tried to find one online but I couldn't. Yeah I'm a dork like that heehee.

  2. Hmm… I would probably suggest not starting with something as large as a sectional for your first upholstery project! Even this has been a big project and it's a pretty small chair. That said, a larger project might actually not be THAT much more work… just more expensive and more time consuming!

    Don't worry: I'll be posting plenty of progress posts on this one. You can see the first one here:

    I managed to find a stamp that is a similar style online. It seemed to be from the early 90s, which kind of surprised me, but if you look up the history of that particular political incorrectness, it wasn't made so until the 90s!

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