Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cheap Chair, Cheap Chair, Cheap Chair

Ever have one of those projects that you've got sitting in your basement (or neighbor's garage) that you've been meaning to get to, but never do? Thats what this chair was for me. I've seen so many chair makeovers lately that I've known for a while I wanted to try and tackle one of them myself. So when I stumbled across the ugliest chair called out to me and asked me to take it home. So I did (because its not everyday that furniture talks to me!) It only took me 3 months to get around to it! Lets hear it for procrastination!!!

So here's what it looked like when I brought it home and tried to convince my husband that this was a good idea... (not sure I was convinced yet at this point)

Jenna and I spent about 3,978 hours one day pulling out every little nail and tack that they had used to hold down the uglies. 47 Bandaids, a tetanus shot, a karate chop to a loose board, and a can of spray paint, and piece of sandpaper, later we were here...

Since I have absolutely no idea what I was doing, this is how I cushioned the bottom seat. I had gotten a piece of foam from Garden Ridge for 6 bucks. Too bad it was too small. So I put a 3 dollar pillow over it. (Isn't this how all the "professionals" do it!?)

Lots of batting and staples later...

Then to fabric it (this stuff was precut into 3 yds for 6 bucks at Garden Ridge, how amazing is that?!) Here is where my lack of knowledge really shines. I didn't make a template from the old fabric like I've seen done elsewhere in blogville. Because that was disintegrating as we pulled it off. Eww. So I just stretched, tucked, and stapled....alot. 

Lucky for me, my cousin was visiting while I'm on my spring break, so I had an extra set of hands. If you want to tackle a project like this, I'd highly suggest a friend, mailman, or strong toddler to help you stretch and hold while someone else staples!

Now its the pretty chair, and my husband children know they are not allowed to be eating anything if they sit on the pretty chair.

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  1. Oh, I just love it. What a fantastic job you did. I think it is terrific. I havn't tried to redo a chair either, but I really do want to. This inspires me. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

  2. Love it T-money! Just make sure to put it back in my garage before Dave gets home from Texas to see if he recognizes! ;)

  3. Wow, the chair turned out great! You did a fabulous job and I am sure you smile every time you walk by that beauty. Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired.


  4. Nice job! :) Good luck keeping the kids (and husband) off of it. lol

  5. Oh how cute. I love how your chair turned out. I have a chair myself that needs re-doing.
    I'm inspired.

  6. wow I am impressed- so beautiful!!! THanks for stopping by my blog and for your comment- I live in Des Moines- have loved it so far - the winter! Kinda dreading the thought of tornadoes but so far the midwest has treated me good!! Love your blog, glad you found me

  7. That is a really great looking chair now. You gave it a new and lovely life! It must have known you would, that's why it was talking to you.;)

  8. Wow-- I love your chair- it looks great and using a pillow-- genius idea.

  9. Awesome job. It has a new life ahead of it looking much more pretty.
    ♥ Joy

  10. Great job,it looks awesome!! I have one of those "uglies" so you've inspired me to finally tackle the job of making her pretty!

  11. Would love to know name and manufacturer of the lovely fabric you used!