Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Thrift Store Redux

A few months ago I purchased a couple of mid century wooden chairs with great bones, but in desperate need of some tlc. Always having an eye toward that diamond in the rough I knew these chairs would look awesome somewhere in my home even if I wasn't sure where. I found some retro looking upholstery fabric in the clearance section of JoAnn's fabric for $3/yd and picked up what was left on the bolt (about 5 yds). So after deciding to blow off the gym in favor of a little home improvement I embarked on my project du jour. I have recovered chairs before. There's really nothing hard about it. It just takes a bit of time. I did sew part of the back cover so that I could get a snug fit, but otherwise I just used my staple gun. I have to say a word about staple guns. I have used the non electric ones and I'm sure they are fine, but if you're doing anything made of hardwoods like the chair frames I was stapling into you need something with a bit of power behind it. I have an Arrow staple gun and it rocks! I did beef up the bottom cushion with new foam since it was pretty flattened and not very comfortable. Anyway, I will probably get to the other chair sometime later in the week. I have enough fabric leftover to make a few pillows too. So here are the before and after pictures. Let me know what you think.

ain't she a beauty?

Stripped down and ready for a new look

Flower Power! Much better!


Dawn said...

Wow, Sabrina!!!! It looks amazing! I was so excited to see the pictures and your re-do looks fab! Now you will have two almost new chairs that you bought for next to nothing and if you were to buy them in a shop they would cost a small fortune.

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Heather! said...

that new fabric is a much better match for the wood! I have a dining room set you can tackle next! I tried to start it once, but ran into the staple gun problem you mentioned. Maybe the hubby needs a new staple gun for Father's Day!

~April~ said...

Looks great! I love the fabric choice!

Chi-Chi, The Original Wombman said...

It looks great. I too really love the fabric choice! I think that project was well worth blowing off the gym!!