I picked up these chairs in the middle of nowhere at a garage sale. I was bent over one of them, doing some inspecting, when I heard a woman yell “five bucks for both!”. I don’t think I even looked up, I just threw a fiver on the ground, grabbed a chair and ran for the car while Hubs was still standing there wondering if she was serious. “No takebacks! Load ‘er up, babe!”
These chairs have to be one of my all time favorite scores.
They were stained brown and upholstered in a dirty, velvet-y pink plush. I hit up JoAnn’s and found a great thick cotton fabric as well as some nail head trim. Then headed to Home Depot, picked up some Rustoleum Gloss White spray paint and took ‘er home.
I had originally intended on not re-using the back cushion, but once I removed it, I noticed that the buttons had left some holes in the caning, so I just gave in and used the back cushion.
I removed all the old fabric, sewed a new back cushion, reupholstered the seat and then found an amazingly helpful video on YouTube on how to do double sided tufting. It’s so super easy. If I find out that you made a cushion and used some other half-@ss technique to achieve the same look, I’m gonna come find you. Stapling the cushion or using a washer/screw and then hot gluing a button on top is so unacceptable when doing it right is this easy. End rant.
Here they are all finished:
They even have a hint of Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid.
You can find the nail head trim I used here. It was enough to do both chairs and have some left over.
Check out that double sided tufting.
Michelangelo was known to say “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it”. Now, I’m no Michelangelo, but I do think that each piece of furniture I redo has to tell me what it wants to be and what fabric it wants to wear. In this case, it means fabric that doesn’t match a single room in my house. Sadly, these little babies live in my basement. I tried selling them last summer at a few trade days events with no luck. Fine with me!
The whole project cost about forty bucks, including the cost of the chairs. Whaddya think? Worth it?
What’s YOUR greatest garage sale find?!
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