Chair-tastic

Thursday, September 26, 2013

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!


Total Cost:
Chair -- $1
1/2 yard of fabric -- $3
Paint, Staples/Staple Gun -- Already had
= $4

19 comments:

Jay T said...

You're probably getting sick and tired of me oohing and aahing over all your handiwork but I really can't stop. I am SO impressed!! When are you doing a whole house tour?? (or have you already and I haven't done enough stalking??)

Kalen said...

It's crazy how faded that fabric was once you flipped over the back of the seat!

I always look forward to your posts with makeovers. And recently it seems like you have one once a week which is just fabulous. I don't know how you're doing it, but keep 'em coming! There are pallets back in my warehouse and I'm about to snag one...

Lins - Domesticated Working Woman said...

You're so good at this whole DIY thing!

Kelsey Eaton said...

It looks awesome! Way to go! Except I think $1 + $3 = $4 :-)

Lauren Gardner said...

Win. I love it. I made pillows out of the same fabric. Love it

Lauren said...

So awesome. You inspire me to be crafty!!

We bought a glider and ottoman at a garage sale and it's a yucky pink. It's in desperate need of a facelift (instead of just being covered up by a blanket.... (hanging head in shame)). Maybe I'll be brave and give it a whirl :)

Emily said...

I went thrifting this weekend in hopes of a Recently Roached-esque DIY project. Fail. Once again, you found (and made) and gem!

Mason's Mama said...

Love! You're gonna have to share your painting/distressing tips with me. I just got an old wooden desk (for my new home office) that I am going to be painting with some good ol Annie Sloan chalk paint! I haven't decided what color yet...but I am thinking the turquoise color!

Pamela said...

LOVE IT!

CoastWithMe said...

Wow! Excuse my language, but that's badass Jena! You are one cool mama! Love the facelift this chair got:)!

Amy said...

$1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT IS AWESOME!
I love what you did with it (paint + fabric!)

that little spot is coming along rather nicely!

Laurie @ The Rookie Wife said...

I LOVE it and it looks so awesome! I like the chalk paint! I've been looking for a chair to re-do in turquoise and chevron but haven't found one I just LOVE yet. Hopefully when I do find "the one" it turns out as awesome as this!

Helene in Between said...

gosh you are good!! love it!

Becky said...

I love the fabric you choose!! I hope your baby girl pops out ready to help out her mama with all her projects!! :)

Jamie K. said...

Love it!

Erin LFF said...

Again- please come to Ohio. Help me find amazing bargains, and then teach me how to make things pretty. Thankssss :)

Mariah Rickard said...

This is seriously adorable!! I love your choice of fabric! You are so talented!

The Lady Okie said...

Boomer!

Kayla Peveler said...

You just gave me hope that MAYBEEE I can reupholster something, SOMEDAY! ;) you rock miss Jena Roach.