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14 September 2010

One Fun Chair

I might have mentioned a few times before that I have a wonderful, helpful, hard-working husband who typically helps me execute all my crazy ideas and home projects. For the time being, he is in the process of building a few walls to make our basement user-friendly for children, so I flew solo on this particular project.

I found this lovely chair at the thrift store for $10. I have to admit I was initially intimidated by the whole upholstery situation. It was a bit more involved than my previous projects, but I figured there was no time like the present for learning something new! And, for $10, I could not pass up the opportunity to have a new-to-us seat in the family room.

Hello, sticky arms and worn-dirty-who-knows-where-this-chair-has-been gold velour!

I stripped the chair of it's dirty fabric and sanded down the wood. A few coats of spray paint, some fresh foam (do you know how expensive foam is? Pricey stuff! Thank goodness for a well-timed 50% off sale) and some lovely zebra fabric all came together quite nicely to give us this little beauty...

I used teal trim for a little added flair. Our new seat is actually very comfortable, and I love the personality it brings to our room.
I did take about 47 pictures of the entire process, so if I get so brave you might just see a tutorial for this project sometime in the future. For now I'm off to make some pillows to complete my autumnal decor. I can't wait to show you the rest of the room all decked-out for fall!

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  1. First: my mom has this exact same chair. (Exact, minus the transformation.)

    Second: I think I saw this chair at a thrift store recently and almost bought it except I, too, was scared of upholstery. Glad you got it!

  2. Amazing make over, wanna come over and fix one of my crackly crispy chairs with "good bones"? :) Your new chair is very fresh and modern.

  3. I have one of these chairs ready to be made new & beautiful! I really like the colors you picked out!

  4. Awesome job!! It looks great there in your family room. So much talent you have!!!

  5. that is adorable! i love the mix of patterns you have in that room- i came "this close" to getting that same rug from pb! :) what a fantastic makeover- thanks for linking to my first party!

  6. Beautiful! It came out very nicely!

  7. CUTE! Love the funky-ness :) and get brave...lets see those pics!

  8. I love how it turned out! I too am a huge fan of these types of chairs, I lve to see everyones different takes on them!

  9. Great job! I'm attempting my first chair as well

  10. OMG I just bought 2 of these chairs at GW. $10.50 each and fabric is yellow floral. Can you share how you did the upholstery part? and did you spray paint?? thanks, Lisa

  11. I seriously passed up a chair like this at a junk store this weekend. It was $8 i wanted to redo it but i have absolutely NO room for it...im kicking myself in the butt now that i see my vision in your chair! Good job!