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:

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

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

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

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

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  5. 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. :-)

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

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

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  8. great re-do! the chair looks great!

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  9. Awesome job! What a transformation!

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  10. 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

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

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

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

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  14. I like your chair makeover! Looks great!

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  15. 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!

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

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

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  18. Good work, and doesn't it feel great?

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  19. 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

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

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

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  22. 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. :)

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  23. 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.

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

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

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  26. 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...?!

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

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  28. 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.

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