Monday, September 17, 2012

Holy Chair Makeover!

Earlier in the summer I went to a tag sale at a local Catholic school that was closing. You can read all about it here. One of my finds that day was a really cushy and comfy chair that had previously been part of the dining set at the rectory.
It had mid tone brown wood and red velvet fabric all of which was not really my style, or in great condition, but I loved the lines.  I'm so sorry I don't have a before picture of this project.  I always try to add one because it just adds to the impact of the makeover and shows how you can transform an old worn item into something modern and beautiful.  However, my oldest accidentally deleted my before shot. So frustrating.
Anyway, I painted the chair a light silver gray and gave it a good coat of wax to protect it.  I actually did not do any distressing, which is unusual for me, but I really just liked the look of the solid colored wood with the busy fabric. 

When I shop for fabric I typically gravitate towards Premier Fabric.  This project was no exception; I found this modern zig-zag cotton print in neutral white, gray and navy.  If you're interested it can be purchased here.  It has a really fun, nubby texture that is unlike anything I've used before.

The actual recovering process was quite simple.  I removed both upholstered pieces from the chair and took off the old velvet fabric.  The cushions were so nice and thick that I reused them.  That saved so much money and time!  All I did was staple on some batting and then my fabric.  Since the upper portion has fabric on both sides I just made sure my staples were on the edge so that they were hidden by the wood frame when I screwed the piece back into place.

I'm leaning towards putting the chair in our living room. There is one spot where I have tried out about five different chairs; never really able to settle on one.  However, this chair is super comfy, does not take up a lot of space and the colors play beautifully with both our living and dining rooms.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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