Thursday, October 29, 2009

Drab to Fab...the story of a $5.00 chair

Yay for me...my chair is done. I found this great chair at my favorite junk place for $5 dollas!!! I was almost jumping in the air when she told me, ok so I actually just gave her the biggest smile EVER and said SOLD. So, I took this beauty home with me, and I knew exactly what I was gonna do with him(this blog is PG, so keep your minds out of the gutter)LOL. Overall the chair was in really good condition, nothing needed to be fixed. It just needed a Joan Rivers overhaul minus the Joan Rivers price tag. I bought some black spray paint at Lowes, bought some industrial type fabric that kinda has a linen type look, and some black fabric paint. I used my 50% of coupon for the fabric, so I got 2 yds(which was way too much, but I wanted extra in case I screwed up).
1. First I took off the seat.
2. Gave the chair a good cleaning, and lightly sanded it.
3. Spray painted chair
4. took off old yuck dirty fabric
5. Removed pretty much all of the old staples, needle nose pliers were a big help, cause these staples are tough Little rascals.
6. I laid out my fabric and placed cushion on top, and cut out fabric.
7. My master plan was to stencil a M(first letter of my last name) on the seat. I only put a couple of staples in on 2 sides of the chair. Then I slipped in a piece of cardboard between cushion and fabric. That was in case the fabric paint bled through, it would go on the cardboard not the foam.
8. Cut out a stencil on my friend's cricut(Shout out to ASHLEY)
9. Taped stencil to fabric and stenciled away. I just use a cheapy foam stencil brush and go up and down. Can we say...so easy? So easy.
10. Wait for it to dry.
11. A stapling I went. Make sure each side is pulled really really tight, think Joan Rivers face...ahhh yes now you all get it. The corners I wraped like a present and then stapled.
12. Put seat back on chair.

Overall the project was easy. That was my first time reupholstering anything. I had seen it on T.V. like a 1,ooo times, and knew I could do it. What I did learn is do not use gloss spray paint. It just doesn't look good, so I resprayed with satin spray paint, and oh yay, that was what I was looking for. Enjoy the pics, and I will accept questions.LOL








WHOOPS, my before and afters are in the wrong order...sorry, but I don't know how to change it.

24 comments:

Chandra Ferguson said...

Love the chair redo! I want it in my house! I have been thinking of stenciling on an F for our last name on the back of one of my chairs at home... Love the black....Great job and thanks for commenting on my kitchen redo....:) Chandra

rtgaffney said...

Beautiful job! I love it. I redid my dining room chairs and wanted to monogram the seats like this but hubby thought 6 of them was just too many!! Come over to my blog and check out my dining room redo.

Stephanie @ and noah makes five said...

Great job I love it! I'm looking for something just like that for my living room. Can't beat $5.00!:)

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I love the monogram on the seat! Well done. You should post this to share with other on my Furniture Feature Friday link party. I had the same problem with my pictures when I first started blogging. They post in the opposite order in which you upload them. You can chaange the order by switching to "Edit HTML" and cut and paste the code for each picture. Hope that helps! Great makeover!

pk said...

I love the chair now and that monogram on the seat adds just that extra special touch. Great job!

pk @ ROOM REMIX

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

GREAT job! It looks fabulous!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

It looks so good. (To reverse the pics, go to edit html, cut and paste. If you aren't sure where the code starts and ends, on your compose page type in something like START, END at the top & bot. of pic.):). I've been there...

Stephanie Lynn said...

Fabulous! Love the monogram touch! Great job!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I'm glad you linked up! Your link wasn't working, so I fixed it. I want to make sure people can see this great transformation. :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That looks great! I love the way your "M" turned out, too.

Suesan said...

Great re-do!! I just got a set of ladder back chair to re-do, however the seats are that woven stuff, I know I saw someone paint the seats on a blog somewhere but I cant find it, so I think Ill wing it.

LouLou@thelifeofloulou.blogspot.com said...

Love it! Great transformation!

Linda said...

So cute...love the monogram...now that is one awesome $5 chair! Hope you have a FUN weekend!

Blessings,
Linda

jillbert said...

I LOVE it! What a great idea to monogram the seat!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Wow! This looks great! Great job and I love the monogram. Thanks for the How-to.

Tammy of Yarborough House said...

Love it. Love monograms and love the black paint. Lovely.
tammy

Funky Junk Interiors said...

The new look is GORGEOUS!! Everything you did suits the frame of this chair. It's perfect.

I'm glad you started blogging again. I think we're about to see some great things coming from you!

For loading, are you using the new blogger to post with? It's an enhanced version. I can't remember quite where it is, but look for the option to use it. The pics now download to a holding tank of sorts, then as you need them, you select what you like where. It's much easier. The old way was dreadful to attempt so I can relate.

Thanks for linking up to SNS #5!

Funky Junk Donna

Proper Prim said...

Your chair is gorgeous... I love that monogram seat... great job

Cindy said...

LOVE IT! Monograms are the cat's meow :) And paint covers a multitude of sins!

Room to Inspire said...

What an amazing transformation. I love the black, the fabric and the monogram!

Chelsea

LouLou@thelifeofloulou.blogspot.com said...

Hey girlie,

Head on over to my blog for a chance to win one of those decals I featured the other day!

Jane said...

Oh, I am loving your chair...it's a total transformation! Great job. I really love the black, and the monogram. Just fabulous...thanks for linkin' up to Frugalicious Friday!

Jane @ Finding Fabulous

♥Amber Filkins♥ said...

That is so awesome!! I absolutely ♥ what you did with that chair!!

I'm so glad you found my blog! We're in Redding a few times a year. We should definitely get together some day! I don't know how old your girls are, but if they're young we should meet at Kid's Kingdom & let them play!

Have a great night!

Judy said...

Just goes to show great minds think alike (ha ha)! You know how much I love anything monogrammed and I LOVE how your chair turned out.

Judy