Monday, December 7, 2009

2 Dollar Chair Revisited

DIY Day @ ASPTL




Remember the $2.00 chair I got at the thrift shop, despite the fact that I have chairs coming out of my ears over here? Well, I liked the pretty blue color, but the fabric was badly stained and covered with cat hair. I was a little nervous about re-covering it because I've only done chair bottoms, not tops and bottoms.

When I took off the fabric, finding a gazillion staples in the process, I got a little nervous. I considered keeping the bright aqua vinyl I found underneath, but alas, it had rips in it, so I knew I must plunge forward.




With Tom's assistance and Molly's encouragement, I started folding, cutting, and stapling. There is no sewing in this household. I just kind of made a hospital bedsheet fold in the back, with lots of extra fabric, and stapled it all underneath the chair.



I wanted a funkier fabric, but settled on this brocade pattern because the price was right. Here is Tom pretending we're going to use duct tape on the chair. Well, we might have used a smidge, but it's not where you can see it!




Here's how we ended up:










Could someone please reach up into the above picture for me and move my coffee table over about 6 inches? Thanks.

Cost:

Chair: 2.00
Heirloom White spray paint: 3.00
Black and White fabric: 15.00
Total: $20




And for those of you who are worried that I'll get buried under a pile of chairs and be featured on "Hoarders," I did put 4 chairs on Craigslist last week. Still waiting for takers.

This post is also featured at Shanty to Chic.

36 comments:

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Nice job! It looks very chic.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Wow!! I am impressed. :) I love that beautiful black and white pattern. :) Visiting from Kimba's.

Beachbrights said...

Love the white!! You did good...now I am off to find a $2 chair!!

XOXO

Ashley said...

Oh how pretty! I absolutely love the way your chair turned out! The fabric is perfect! Great job!

The Esplin's said...

Love the fabric! It seems to fit right in!

Shirley said...

Wow, the chair looks so different. You sure gave it new life. I love the fabric and it fits right into your room! Great job.

Kelee Katillac said...

GREAT job Anna!!!!

Love the fabric!

Brava!

Kristina P. said...

Gorgeous! I love damusk.

heytheredearheart said...

Nice work! Please tell me you didn't just whip out this project over the weekend! (:

for a different kind of girl said...

What a beautiful face lift! Also, as one who can't even sew a button on, as evidenced by the reminder I got when I pulled my winter coat out last week and was reminded of my shabby (not chic)semi-buttonless outer layer, I fist bump you on the no sewing thing!

Barbara Jean said...

Great job. All looks so wonderful together.

blessings

barbara jean

Shannon said...

Cant beat that! Super deal, and the chair turned out amazing!

chair up said...

I can't believe you covered that chair so beautifully and didn't sew a stitch! Good job!! All the best with the chairs on Craigslist. I have a chair I recovered on Saturday (most recent post on my blog) listed on ebay and ending in 1 day, fingers crossed it sells too.
Angex

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

Looks great! Perhaps Santa will sit there and rest for a bit on Xmas Eve.

Terry said...

The chair looks fabulous! And everything looks so nice together!

The Brick Cottage said...

I've been procrastinating on a chair makeover because I'm afraid. After seeing your beautiful makeover, I may have found my courage! And I love the black and white--so chic!

Christy said...

I think it looks awesome now and am so inspired to try something like that at home! That fabric is very pretty! Bravo!

Jane said...

Anna, great job on your chair redo...it looks fabulous! You should link up to Frugalicious Friday's! Thanks for visiting yesterday!

Jane @ Finding Fabulous

Madge said...

love it. you are totally inspiring me.

Deidra said...

Wow! Great job. And the duct tape doesn't even show! ;)

Mandy said...

I love a chair revamp! This one turned out great - tfs!

my home sanctuary said...

Oh they look so great. I love the living room. Good luck selling them. Great job!

Kendall at Finesse Your Nest said...

It looks great! I've never done full chair upholstery either, only seats with a staple gun. Maybe I'll try one out now. I'm always passing up chairs because I'm afraid of the upholstery recovering. Thanks for sharing it!

Masala Chica said...

Love it. Awesome job!

Anonymous said...

Please come to my house to tackle my chairs! I'll fly you over!

jbhat

myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

beautiful chair redo, and it looks great in the room!
gail

jeanne said...

A great chair makeover. The price is right and your makeover rocks!!! Good job.

Hugs, Jeanne

Ms. Molly said...

Beautiful! I have two chairs I need to recover, so thanks for the inspiration :)

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

Wow!! That was nice! I love the fabric.

Brenda Susan said...

Love love love the chair re-do!

design_aholic said...

I love it white! I got looks of insanity when I painted my Louis XVI chair white, and recovered it a few months ago...

http://design-aholic.blogspot.com/2009/10/reveal.html

Nice work, love the shape, and good luck selling the loads you have... perhaps you'll make money, and learn that you have a new passion :)

Rave Re:view Home Staging & Redesign said...

Anna, what a great example of how a little bit of money and design savvy can go a loooooooooooooong way. Not only do I love the combination of the chair fabric with the white paint but your choice of pillow is spot on. I plan to blog more in the next little while about pillows on chairs and beds. Not sure exactly when that will be but I'd love to share how your interpay of black and white fabrics works so well. Wondering if I could use this photo on my blog attributing it to you, of course.
Joanne

Jackie said...

Love your blog, found it thru Adored Before, The chair is so nice and the photo of all the sofa, chair, table, looks so cozy....By the way, I moved the table over for you!!!!

Have a wonderful day

All Things Creative said...

It's so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

My friend and I were recently talking about how we as human beings are so hooked onto electronics. Reading this post makes me think back to that discussion we had, and just how inseparable from electronics we have all become.


I don't mean this in a bad way, of course! Societal concerns aside... I just hope that as the price of memory falls, the possibility of transferring our memories onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It's a fantasy that I daydream about almost every day.


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simplesew said...

I tried using spray paint for some bar stools and it takes so many, Could I as you how many cans you used for this project?