Thursday, August 18, 2011

Danielle: My First Chair Makeover

So you may have noticed that I haven't blogged in about...3 months? Well, I have been up to lots and lots including: completing graduate school, moving from California to Washington, traveling for a month in Europe, celebrating the 4th of July in Chelan, visiting Maui, beginning my first job and preparing to move again. WHEW. So that's what I've been up to, how about you?

Yesterday I was out thrifting in preparation for my move to Seattle, and I came across this chair. (Four of them, actually.)

The color combo is super nasty and the cushion is a faded, dirty velvet blue...not cute. But look at the shape of it! I was in love. Originally $19.99 per chair, they were marked half off so I scored the set of 4 chairs for $43!

First, I removed those super gross cushions.

Set those aside for the time being.

I used fine grit sandpaper ($3) to sand down the chairs so my paint would stick. I wiped it down with tack cloth ($3) to pick up all the dust.

Then I spray painted the chairs using a high gloss white. It took quite a few layers to cover up all that brown. (5 cans at $3.50 each) Quite the improvement, right?

 Next, I went about the reupholstering of the cushions. I fell in love with this amazing ikat print, but it was sort of spendy. My fabric was supposed to cost $37, but I signed up for a store membership and that knocked the price down to $24! I have never reupholstered anything in my life, so it was a total experiment. I think it went well, however, my hands are KILLING ME from using a handheld staplegun. Ay.

Reattached the cushions.

And VOILA! The final product.
My grand total was roughly $90 for everything, making each chair about $22.50. HOW COOL IS THAT?

Can't wait to bring these to my new home!


Veronica said...

I love them!!! Awesome job!! :)

Raving Fashionista said...

That chair turned out fantastic! I love the print of the fabric and the style of the chair - especially with it painted white. Great job!


Ioana-Carmen said...

Hy sweetie! this is lovely! i was thinking, maybe we can follow each others blog?! :X