Saturday, November 14, 2009

Chair Makeover

I may have overdone it a little with nesting this last week, but I sure did have fun! For a couple of months I had been seeing an old and ugly, but potentially very cute, chair at the thrift store. It was in desperate need of some tlc, and I knew I didn't have the energy for it. Plus, we didn't really need another chair. Then I eventually realized that we will be one chair short at Thanksgiving. That was just the excuse I needed! The chair was free, so the price was perfect. Will said that I could have it, and that he would help me with my project.


Here is the old chair before. It was just a little wobbly. Thankfully, the thrift store also had wood glue - for free! I fixed the wobbliness as best as I could, and I took the old fabric off of the seat.


On a warm and sunny afternoon, Will took the chair outside for me. See how beat up it was? Yucky, yucky. Some primer and spray paint fixed that very nicely. I had always wanted to try spray painting something. It seems like it should be so easy, and I am told that it is easy. I guess those people don't have dysautonomia. I couldn't stand or walk long enough to complete the project, so eventually I resorted to crawling and scooting. I must have been quite a funny sight to my neighbors. There I was - 8 months pregnant, hair falling in my face, crawling around on concrete with a can of spray paint!



After recuperating for a few days I recovered the seat with a toile fabric I got from Hobby Lobby at 40% off.




Tada! Here is my new chair. My family can come for Thanksgiving now, and no one will have to sit on the floor for dinner.

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Want to see more do-it-yourself projects? Head on over to Kimba's blog for lots of projects and inspiration!

DIY Day @ ASPTL

46 comments:

  1. Hey Rachel. Bravo on the chair project. It looks great!

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  2. Hey Rachel. Bravo on the chair project. It looks great!

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  3. That looks awesome! I love that you can see the potential in something like that and creatively come up with a plan. I never would have been able to pick those colors, but they look great...and toile is EVERYWHERE these days. You're so trendy! :)

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  4. It turned out so beautifully!
    I completely understand not being able to stand for that long! I've been doing lots of "Couch Crafts" because the physical ones are so daunting!
    You did such a wonderful job with this!

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  5. Oh my it looks like a brand new chair! Awesome job and I love the fabric you chose to use:) You did such a great job on your project! Came by to visit from SITS:)

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  6. Hi Rachel!

    I must agree with your previous comments, you've done a fantastic job with that chair! It look so great!

    I just took a few minutes to read through some of your older posts and learn a bit more about you and wanted to tell you what a wonderful inspiration you are. I am so glad that the Lord has seen fit to bless you with two babies and that He is taking care of you even through all of the challenges.

    Blessings for the days to come!

    BlogBaby

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  7. That's adorable! You have totally inspired me.

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  8. Wow, it looks great. I'm sure your family will enjoy this beautiful new chair!!

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  9. Wow you are so much more motivated than me! Good for you. It looks great. I'm totally into being all crafty...but it never goes beyond my imagination!! You're actually doing it. Enjoy the nesting...that means a little princess is going to be here sooooooon!

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  10. I love chair re-dos! This one turned out great!
    I'm glad I won't have to sit on the floor should I ever visit. :)
    gail

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  11. I am loving this chair!! Yes Ma'am! Awesome job!! Coming back to visit cuz I love your blog!
    Mama Holli

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  12. I've had my eyes open for some toile to recover my kitchen chairs, so this is a great inspiration to me. Wonderful job!

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  13. Was just checking in to see if there was any baby news...

    Keeping you in my thoughts and excited to hear from you when you are next able.

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  14. Dropped in from SITS.

    Wow, nice job in the chair! I wouldn't know where to start haha.

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  15. Great job, Rachel, nice to meet you!

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  17. Wow, what a great change!!! You did an awesome job!

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  18. Love the chair makeover. What a feeling to do a project yourself! It just feels good and of course...looks good!! :)

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  19. Wow, great job on the chair! I'm impressed!

    Thank you for visiting me on my SITS day!

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  20. This came out SO nicely! I really like the pattern you chose for the seat. Kudos to you for getting motivated enough to do this! I keep thinking I'll find something at a thrift store that I'll spiff up but I never get up the guts to do it.

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  21. Gorgeous! The chair looks great!

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  22. You sure transformed that chair! That spray painting can be quite tiring though, even for a healthy person. I spray painted some shelves and did quite a bit of bending, stooping, lifting and holding that button down was not easy on my finger either! I think it's great you tackle projects like this and don't just sit around moping when easily you could. Attitude is everything!

    Congrats on your SITS day!

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  23. Oh wow! What a difference a little TLC can make! That chair looks gorgeous.

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  24. Oh that's a beautiful chair makeover I love it.

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  25. That is simply beautiful!!! I am afraid to try to refinish furniture. Paint scares me. lol...I love that fabric.

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  26. What a perfect time to come across this post! We have two really interesting chairs in our basement (inherited from my inlaws) that I've never known what to do with. I think I'm going to find some fabric and get going on making them useable!

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  27. Great job on the chair! It looks beautiful. You 'paint' quite a picture of yourself working on it, LOL! Good for you, a real inspiration for the rest of us.

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  28. I think the chair looks great! I need to be more adventurous I think!

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  29. Beautiful! I wish I was more creative and handy! I guess the only way to learn is to start throwing myself into some projects! Maybe someday my dinner guests won't have to sit on the floor :P

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  30. LOVE the way it turned out. Looks great!

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  31. Awesome chair make-over!! I really like the fabric you chose.

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  32. Looks great-- I just recovered a little vanity chair yesterday-- why didn't I take a 'before' picture so I could show it on MY blog???? Duh...

    Happy SITS Day!

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  33. Wow, great job!

    Happy SITS Day!!

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  34. great job! it looks beautiful

    Happy SITS day!

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  35. Beautiful! I write a home decor blog (http://manolohome.com) and would love to feature it some time!

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  36. This is beautiful! You did a wonderful job on it! Even though it was a very hard task, the end result is beautiful!

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  37. Nicely done! (And "green" too)

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  38. Wow, it turned out beautiful! Love it!

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  39. I've always wanted to do something like this to one of my chairs....yours came out lovely!!

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