Saturday, 30 April 2011

It's getting Cooler and we are sweating:)

Hello Blog world,
 This is one of our "Providence" boards. It shows the customer what the piece looked like when we found it. There is also a description of the things we have done to it. It gives the customer a better understanding of the piece.
 This top image is a 1970's love seat that we found. It was in a pretty bad state..but such a unique piece..we had to have it. A customer saw it in our workshop (at the back of the store) and purchased the chair on the spot. She proceeded to source her own fabric which was very expensive upholstery fabric.(I was a little nervous)...but below is the finished product. She was very pleased and I was very proud. It was for her husbands birthday (Today).
Things are going swimmingly at the shop. I am now officially out of the nest! I started Resurekt under the warm wings of 'NEIS" ( New Enterprise Incentive Scheme). This is a program run by the government to give a helping hand to anybody who fancies themselves as a small business owner. They give you training and a Mentor for your fist twelve a little financial help. Thanks to Launceston getting behind my creativity and supporting us...we are stronger than ever. We have now opened up the opportunity for people to bring in old furniture that they have collected...and we will resurekt it with our fabrics....or they can find there own special print. The furniture has to be in need of love! Not just a new upholstery job. We are trying to be a bit different and give the furniture an opportunity at a second life. So...we have been flat out. It's been a fantastic learning curve because I taught myself upholstery about 5 months ago.....This is why I havn't tackled anything that i feel is beyond my skill. My next move is to find an industrial sewing machine with a good piping foot. I am thinking of putting a "Wanted" notice in the local paper on the weekend. I don't have a huge amount of disposable cash...but I might be lucky with a bargain. Then I can get serious with some funkyness:)....and the old Bernette won't have to push herself so hard. Well...I am going to get back into some painting this weekend. I want to do some Trompe L'Oeil  on some little coffee tables...and see if people like them.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Innovation Sux!

Although we try to keep this blog fairly positive, I (Cliff) felt like a whinge. I'm sure that a lot of the bloggers on here that make and create can sympathise with my feelings at the moment. It is so frustrating that people don't realise the time and effort that goes into some of the work we all do.
The chair in the last posted pic that I was working on, took over two hours just to strip! That's before the repairs, the strengthening, the sanding and refinishing! And then it's onto the re-springing, padding and covering. We have had so much positive feedback in regards to Resurekt since we opened and we thank everyone for that, but recently I've been wondering if this concept is too early for Tassie. I sometimes look at our shop and think that some people must think we just throw a bit of old fabric and a splash of paint at a secondhand chair and expect a sale! Anyway, just had to purge a bit. Thanks. 

Hard at Work!

Thought we'd let you see the mayhem behind the magic... okay, it's not exactly mayhem, but you get the gist.


Gorgeous hula-girls and a dramatic yellow/black theme make this barstool a definate statement piece. There's another matching one on the way.


A fab new stool. The photo doesnt do this trippy fabric any justice... far more fabulous in real life!

New Ottomans

A couple of new ottomans that Matt whipped up. The first uses an old quilt and a wool blanket and the second uses some gorgeous remnant fabric. Very Deco!

Sunday, 3 April 2011

A delightful little trio of fire-engine red chairs, all with different fabric. The top one has some 60's fabric, the middle is an old tablecloth, and the bottom uses a fab designer remnant. All available separately. Perfect for a student chair or on the patio!
New Addition to the Resurekt family!
This chair was so rotten when we got it that we had to let it dry out for a couple of weeks. It had cracks in the timber that you could put your fingers in and was seconds away from the tip!
After some very clever (if we do say so ourselves) treatment and extensive finishing, this classy lady is back in all her glory. Dark cedar stained timber and a gorgeous deep purple and green scottish mohair blanket now make her the perfect bedroom chair!