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.

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    September 23, 2011 at 5:35 am

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

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    September 23, 2011 at 5:51 am

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

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    September 23, 2011 at 6:00 am

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

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    September 23, 2011 at 6:20 am

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

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    Goddess in Progress
    September 23, 2011 at 6:54 am

    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. πŸ™‚

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    MB in MI
    September 23, 2011 at 7:01 am

    VERY nice!!

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    September 23, 2011 at 7:20 am

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

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    September 23, 2011 at 7:29 am

    It's a masterpiece!

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    September 23, 2011 at 7:37 am

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

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    September 23, 2011 at 7:41 am

    great re-do! the chair looks great!

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    September 23, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Awesome job! What a transformation!

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    notes of sincerity
    September 23, 2011 at 8:02 am

    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!<br />hugs. Trish

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    September 23, 2011 at 9:39 am

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

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    September 23, 2011 at 10:01 am

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

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    September 23, 2011 at 10:14 am

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

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    Atelier Caseiro
    September 23, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Great job. Loves the new chair!

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    September 23, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I like your chair makeover! Looks great!

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    September 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    very very nice!!!

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    Jackie @ Fred-and-Cissy
    September 23, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Love your chair! I&#39;m channelling the same Scandinavian feel over here in Australia (you&#39;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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    Katy Cameron
    September 23, 2011 at 7:08 pm

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

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    September 23, 2011 at 7:13 pm

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

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    September 23, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Good work, and doesn&#39;t it feel great?

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    September 23, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    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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    Archie the wonder dog
    September 24, 2011 at 6:44 am

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

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    September 24, 2011 at 9:36 am

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

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    September 24, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I love the clean look of the chairs, and the white makes the details of the carving pop. Well done! Ooh, I&#39;d love chairs like this. πŸ™‚

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    September 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Nicely done — I like the clean white of the paint and the stripey pink fabric. If it were me, I&#39;d not distress it.<br />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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    September 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

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

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    September 24, 2011 at 10:12 pm

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

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    September 25, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Honestly I&#39;ve seen some &#39;make overs&#39; recently where I thought it looked better before (I didn&#39;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 πŸ™‚ Now if you&#39;d like to come and have a go at mine…?!

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    September 25, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Lovely! I have some chairs like that that I&#39;ve been meaning to redo for, like, 5 years. Sheesh.

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    Calli Makes Do
    September 26, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Oh Amy! It turned out awesome! I love the clean white and the stripe fabric together. I definitely wouldn&#39;t glaze them. Just a gloss for protection maybe.

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    September 26, 2011 at 11:59 am

    They look fantastic!!

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