Friday, September 23, 2011

Chair Makeover

One more post about a yard sale find. (I really never go yard-saleing - I just got lucky, 'happening-to-pass-by' two garage sales in my own neighborhood this summer.)  So at a yard sale down the street from my house I spotted these 2 chairs. $10 for the pair. They looked a little bedraggled but full of potential.
Here is the "after".  It only took me about a month and a half of looking at the chairs to decide what I wanted to to. So many colors and directions to go with these beauties.  In the end I decided I was feeling the 'scandinavian' vibe and went white.
I found the fabric at Ikea (see? Scandinavian!) on clearance for $4.50 a yard.  Here I am channeling my 'inner-Hildi' (remember Trading Spaces?) and upholstering for the first time. Never mind that it's only a small, flat cushion, I felt empowered by that staple gun.
I used white, gloss Krylon to paint the chair. Not fancy.  I probably need to add a coat of some kind of finisher, glaze or something and I'm undecided about whether or not to distress it a little bit.  I'll keep mulling it over for a few more weeks before I tackle the other chair as well.  It's still a work in progress.
Here's the nice 'before and after' shot.  My china-hutch re-do is still probably my favorite furniture makeover, but the chair is definitely a close second. Cost-wise per chair: Chair = $5, primer = $3.50, paint = $3.50, fabric = $2.25 for a total of $14.25. I think I can handle doing the other one.

34 comments:

Cille said...

I thought 'Swedish' long before I got down to the Scandinavia part so you definately hit that scandinavian look perfectly :) Looks lovely.

Michele said...

I love it just the way it is. Don't distress it. The fabric is perfect!

pcflamingo said...

I think it looks great the way it is, with no distressing. Crisp and clean and fabulous! Great job!

Sasha said...

I love it the way it is!!! You did a great job!!!!

Goddess in Progress said...

Lovely! I am not a yard-sale-er, either, but would love to happen upon a find like this someday. Heck, just a pretty chair to hang quilts on when I take pictures of them. :-)

MB in MI said...

VERY nice!!

Anita said...

I like them both! =) But great job on the makeover.

Татьяна said...

It's a masterpiece!

Sharon said...

I LOVE your chair makeover! It's so bright and fresh!!

randi said...

great re-do! the chair looks great!

John'aLee said...

Awesome job! What a transformation!

notes of sincerity said...

I love your chair makeover! I am swooning over the detail on the back of the chair and white is just the perfect color!! :o) Beautifully done!
hugs. Trish

kendascrafts said...

ahhh....Hildi. Whatever happened to her? Love the chair, looks great!

Erin said...

So cute!! Love that you went white with the chair makeover, looks great!

Cindy said...

Love, love, love this!! You did an awesome job!!:)

Atelier Caseiro said...

Great job. Loves the new chair!

Rhonda said...

I like your chair makeover! Looks great!

Barbara said...

very very nice!!!

Jackie @ Fred-and-Cissy said...

Love your chair! I'm channelling the same Scandinavian feel over here in Australia (you've reminded me to go down to the garage and give my project another coat of nearly-white...). Hope my finished product looks as good as yours!

Rhonda said...

beautiful!

Katy Cameron said...

I love that fabric, and it goes so well with that white chair

castle said...

You are a very talented and amazing woman. Great job with the chair.

lifeinredshoes said...

Good work, and doesn't it feel great?

Kendra said...

OH! I just saw this glazing tutorial and it would be so awesome for the beautiful detail on your chair: http://www.allthingsthrifty.com/2011/06/video-tutorial-glazing-detail-of-your.html

Archie the wonder dog said...

Wish my neighbours were selling chairs as nice as these - it looks wonderful!!

Minnie said...

Looks fabulous, like a new item and incredible skills to make something so pretty for next to no cost! x

Meg said...

I love the clean look of the chairs, and the white makes the details of the carving pop. Well done! Ooh, I'd love chairs like this. :)

Connie said...

Nicely done -- I like the clean white of the paint and the stripey pink fabric. If it were me, I'd not distress it.
I also had to go back and read your posts on redoing the china cabinet and your second hand living room.

Izzyrquilts@gmail.com said...

OOOOH what a difference a coat of paint and fabric makes !!!

Andy said...

woah - great find! I love the look of the finished chair.

Lucy said...

Honestly I've seen some 'make overs' recently where I thought it looked better before (I didn't comment!) but this chair looks a million times better. I like the vibe you were going for and think you were successful! They look lovely and I like the fabric choice with the white. Nice job :) Now if you'd like to come and have a go at mine...?!

amanda said...

Lovely! I have some chairs like that that I've been meaning to redo for, like, 5 years. Sheesh.

Calli Makes Do said...

Oh Amy! It turned out awesome! I love the clean white and the stripe fabric together. I definitely wouldn't glaze them. Just a gloss for protection maybe.

Esther said...

They look fantastic!!