Wearing my OU paraphernalia (that's a hard word to spell) here in Texas usually gets me anything but special treatment. Those longhorns love their burnt orange as much as I love my crimson and cream, and those colors just don't mix (unless you're decorating for fall, which I've been trying to do this week). However, when you're garage sale shopping at the house of a guy who just so happens to be best friends with the new quarterback, good things can happen.
I casually asked him how much this lone chair was. He took one look at me and said, "Nice hat. Since you're a Sooner, I'll give it to you for a dollar." Of course, I thought he was joking but this crazy craft lady wasn't about to offer him more. "Sold!" I declared, before he could take it back from the excited, pregnant lady.
It had obviously seen a lot of love. The wood was well worn, the cushion faded. It was dying for a makeover.
The first step (after you've taken enough before pictures in your driveway to make your neighbors think you're a total freak for wanting snapshots of this heinousness) is removing the cushion. This thing popped off with incredible ease. It's like it knew I was going to try to make it beautiful again, "Pick meee!"
Then you're going to take out the staples, and we all know I'm an expert from this project and this one.
Once you have your this-should-never-see-the-light-of-day-again fabric off, you should see some foam/batting. I saw more fabric, which meant that someone had previously reupholstered the chairs. Somehow they picked fabric worse than what they started out with, poor thing. I chose to wrap my fabric over the ivory. More cushion for your buns can't hurt, right? You could also add more foam/batting before you add your fabric, but
I'm lazy I thought the cushion was fine as is.
Wrapping your fabric around the cushion is painfully simple. I didn't cry, aren't you proud? Maybe I'd like upholstery projects more if I had started with one so easy breezy lemon squeezy. Just wrap your fabric around the cushion and staple. (Here's a great tutorial for cushions, if "wrap and staple" isn't working for you.) Be careful around the corners, those can be a bit tricky because you don't want the fabric to bunch. Also, if your fabric has any text/pattern, be mindful of how it will lay on the chair's seat before you staple. (I had to redo mine after Grahm said, "Did you mean for the text to be sideways?".)
Next it's time to paint. I got a new Annie Sloan color, and I think it's a new favorite. Love love love it.
After you've painted and distressed the chair, have your manly husband reattach the cushion. He'll be pleased as punch that you're taking pictures of him while he does it.
And voila! Admire your handiwork. I decided to put it with the desk I redid a few weeks ago. I'm loving how this space is coming together.
Not bad for a $1 garage sale find, huh? Now I only have like 6 more chairs to redo for our dining room!
Chair -- $1
1/2 yard of fabric -- $3
Paint, Staples/Staple Gun -- Already had