Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Little Chair that Could…….

So I attended a huge garage sale last August. The kind where you have to find a parking spot somewhere along the road and then walk from house to house to house looking for forgotten treasures……… I thought this garage sale would be the daddy of all garage sales because it’s located in a huge, great, historic neighborhood.
It wasn’t as great as I thought it would be.
I really didn’t find anything worth redoing or saving.
So sad:(
In the car a few hours later on the way out of the neighborhood something PINK caught my eye.
A pink channel back chair in really good condition.
Where’s all the chairs that I hear people snagging for $5 – $10?
Anyway, I wanted the chair and the lady let me have it for $30.
Now, I love pink, and I like velvet, heck, I like pink velvet, but not so much this particular one. And to be completely honest, I don’t love the channels.

I thought this would be the perfect little project for me. My first chair redo. How hard could it be? Everyone’s doing it. Slipcovers out of drop cloth, recovering with burlap, distressing the wood.
Easy peasy.


NOT easy peasy.

This is as far as I got. Totally out of my league. Not the best first chair to try and tackle.
So she sat in the garage for almost 5 months.
My Sweet Savannah did a post on a chair that she had reupholstered by Angie from A & D Upholstery in Everett, WA. Her chair turned out gorgeous.
So, since hub and I thought the chair was worth saving, that is where we took her.
So glad we did.
I love how she turned out.
Not sure what the exact kind of material this is. My husband actually picked it out. Maybe some sort of twill? I really don’t know. We found it at Pacific Fabrics. It’s a light blue.
She added new foam to the seat and redid the webbing in the frame.
I love the double welting and buttons she added.
I painted the frame in ASCP Old White.
I have redone a few pieces in my house with this paint. Will hopefully show you soon.
See the glass cloche behind the chair? Can you guess what the light upright piece is? I know, it’s very hard to see.
I’ll show you in a post tomorrow, stay tuned……..
I’m so glad we stuck it out with this chair. What do you think? Better without the channels?

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Pitter and Glink said...

I love it! The perfect place to curl up with a good book. :)

Kerri Winder Designs said...

I am very jealous! Love the chair lucky girl :0) x

Unknown said...

It's so beautiful! I love the redo! Maybe you will attempt an easier chair soon! XO Cindy

Alison Agnew said...

you are a magician

this chair went from stink to swank
big time!


Kelly said...

Yay!!! I love before and afters... Turned out very nice!!!

Kelly said...

Yay!!! I love before and afters... Turned out very nice!!!

None said...

Great looking chair, I love how it turned out!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

How lovely--it turned out great!

KimMalk said...

I've been caught in the same project-overwhelm modes many times. The chair turned out beautifully and I think even if you would have paid $35, it was a great deal.

Tonya @ My Homey Haven said...

LOVE the chair without the channels! It turned out beautifully- although now I'm thinking I shouldn't have read your post. My eyes are now opened to the fact that maybe, just maybe, my first chair redo won't be so easy peasy either. Now I'm scared. :) I have a very ugly channel back chair that I picked up at the thrift store for, yes, $5 bucks. It's been sitting in my living room awaiting a drop cloth redo. I got as far as the ottoman and my confidence faded. Oh of these days, huh? Oh yeah, I almost never find anything at the sales in the historic home neighborhoods- I find them too crowded and over priced. Bummer. :(

Katherines Corner said...

Oh my goodness when I saw that photo I thought surely you picked it up at Big Brothers Big Sisters where I donated it! I had the exact same chair. But I lack your amazing skills to redo it. So I donated it. Yours turned out beautifully! I am your newest linky follower xo

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

she is STUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNING!!!!! oh she is simply amazing!!!! you are such a talent!!!!!!!! i would love to have her in my room! drop dead gorgeous and that dreamy color!!!!! applause!!!!!apaws!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sending tons of hugs my friend -- you really ROCKED this one!!!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It turned out beautifully! I probably would have gone that route, too. I don't even want to attempt re-upholstery!

Jenny@thelavendermagnolia said...

I have a chair from the same period and similar with channels that I am too scared to try to reupholster. Just saving some fun money until I can get it done.

I LOVE the color that you picked and it is so clean looking without the channels and adding the buttons. GORGEOUS!

Thanks for sharing at MMS.


Terry said...

Your chair is so pretty! Good for you for giving it a try!

At The Picket Fence said...

It looks like a completely new chair!! So beautiful and I wouldn't have even attempted it in the first place so I think that you earn points for even trying. LOL! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

Jennelise said...

What a transformation!!! It doesn't even seem like the same chair! Beautiful beautiful job! :)

Erika said...

Wow this chair turned out awesome! I have a chair waiting to be re-done and I have been putting it off because I am're inspiring me to re-visit this project and finish it! thanks!

Lorraine Young Pottery said...

LOL everyone doing it!! I better run and find a chair :-}

What I don't understand is how the after is SO good.



Revi said...

What a lovely chair! I am so impressed! I should learn to do this...:)

Toodie said...

hahaha I thought the same thing...everyone's doing it, so can I. BWAH HAHAHAHAHAH. You ended up with a beautiful chair!

chateau chic said...

The chair is beautiful without the channels. Like you, I would have taken the chair to an upholsterer. Not as easy to redo as it looks, I'm sure.
Glad to be your newest follower, Mary Alice

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

The chair is beautiful, Michelle! I like it so much better without the channels and the color is really pretty. Thanks for linking to the Open House party. Hugs, Sherry

Meg said...

Your chair turned out beautiful! I would love if you would link up to my party:

Hope to see you there!


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