Monday, September 6, 2010

Classic Low Back Chair

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to show you some of the furniture that I've re-done for my craft room. I'll eventually have my big reveal, sorry to tease you with it but the truth is, It's not all the way finished yet. :) So for now you'll just have to settle for a few little tastes.

The first of which is, my pretty new low back chair!

It never ceases to amaze me how a little paint and a great fabric can completely transform something. This chair was dumpy and forgettable, and now it's classic and stylish, I love it!!

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The before, blah all around.


I removed the cushion and gave the frame a good scrub and a light sanding.


Then a little primer...


and Ivory spray paint by Valspar.


The cushion that was originally on the seat was completely compacted so that it was now far from cushy. So I decided to cover the oldest layer of fabric that was holding this stuffing in with a new layer of foam and a new fabric. I didn't have a staple gun, so I opted to nail it down. If you're thinking to yourself, "That's now really the easiest way to go about that," let me just say that I agree with you wholeheartedly! It got the job done, but this may be a better option for people who aren't perfectionists.


I don't know, how do you feel about a little bit of a scalloped edge? I couldn't handle it very well, decided that this would not be the project that would cure me of my perfectionist tendencies, and borrowed a staple gun from my neighbor asap to try to rectify the situation.


I then just re-attached the cushion to the frame and was done.


I opted not to roughed up any of the edges for the shabby chic look that I usually go for, and tried to keep it just chic. But if I change my mind, that look is only a few minutes with a medium grit sandpaper away. It's good to have options.


Again, with my before and after. SUCH a big improvement!!

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Did you notice I used the same color scheme and fabric as on my clothesline photo display? But you already knew that was in my craft room so I'm not giving much away.


I'll be linking this up to these great parties, check them out!!

Happy Labor Day! See you next Monday!

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Nancy September 6, 2010 at 6:42 AM  

I love the style of that chair. It reminds me of a vanity chair my Mom had. I like the fabric you chose. Nice makeover! I am redoing my craft room and I will be painting my old dining room hutch to use as fabric storage. I would love it if you would pop over to my blog and give me an opinion.

Jessica September 6, 2010 at 7:47 AM  

LOVE this chair re-do. Now I want to go and find an old chair just to try something like this! Thanks so much for the idea!
:) Jess

Patrice September 6, 2010 at 8:43 AM  

Very cute! Love it.

Lessons Learned September 6, 2010 at 9:29 AM  

that chair is an awesome find!

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Heidi September 6, 2010 at 11:51 AM  

looks great! that fabric is gorgeous!!

Jessica Marie September 6, 2010 at 5:06 PM  


Jessica September 6, 2010 at 5:13 PM  

That is such a neat chair!

Kate September 7, 2010 at 10:21 AM  

What an interesting little chair! I really love what you did with it, and it's so unique! Great job!

Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple September 7, 2010 at 1:39 PM  

So cute, I really love that fabric!

Cecily September 7, 2010 at 10:12 PM  

Oh my goodness. It's fab! Love it!

Meghan September 8, 2010 at 12:18 AM  

I love the lines on the chair. Great job on the makeover.

Meghan September 8, 2010 at 12:18 AM  

I love the lines on the chair. Great job on the makeover.

Nina @ Momma Go Round September 8, 2010 at 4:18 PM  

OMG that is amazing! Where did you get that awesome fabric?


mle September 8, 2010 at 9:36 PM  

I love the fabric you chose! It's always amazing how paint makes such a difference! The chair looks great : )

Laurie from Laurie Jones Home September 8, 2010 at 9:40 PM  

Your bench turned out really pretty!!

Ashley Houck September 9, 2010 at 10:59 AM  


I love this!! I have a chair EXACTLY like this and you just gave me the courage to do it! :-) come check me out I just did a post on my craigslist love of selling stuff! :-)

{The Appraiser's Wife}

Susan September 9, 2010 at 10:13 PM  


Laura @ House of Thrifty Decor September 9, 2010 at 10:33 PM  

What a great chair! I love the damask material, great choice! Please stop by my blog on Sunday for my Show Off Sunday Party. I would love for you to share this project with my followers. Thanks :)

April@The 21st Century Housewife September 10, 2010 at 4:47 AM  

What a metamorphosis - your chair looks beautiful now! It's hard to believe how it looked when it started you've made it SO much nicer.

Suzanne@Meridian Road September 10, 2010 at 8:47 AM  

That's so cute! I would have walked right by that chair before the re-do. Well done!

Sassy Sites! September 10, 2010 at 11:38 AM  

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Andi September 11, 2010 at 6:57 AM  

What a transformation! And I can completely relate to the perfectionist thing :-) I would have done the same thing! I have some of that fabric too...can't wait to see the whole makeover.

Kitty Deschanel September 12, 2010 at 5:29 AM  

This looks so cute! What a terrific little chair you have here. If you have a free moment, I have a new weekly (I hope!) Linky on my blog called Not “Baaad” Sundays with LambAround. I’d love for you to post one of your projects :)

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