Sunday, April 17, 2011

Chair Remodel

My dad gave us these chairs. He got them from his office a long time ago. They are comfortable chairs, but the problem is that they really did not match our decor at all. So, in honor of my girl cave being completed, I decided it was time to give them a makeover. The first one was a lot of work so the second one may be waiting just a bit. Here is what the chair started out as.
 After lots of staple pulling, this is what the back looked like. You will need needle nosed pliers for this. Its literally quite impossible without them. And lots of free time.
Several hours later, after pulling hundreds of staples from any and everywhere. I finally got the chair to this state.
 Then I took her outside. And you will no believe this. I bought a can of $1 WalMart spray paint to use at a primer-type of coat. So that it would not take as much of the more expensive Krylon that I love. And one can of WalMart paint covered everything perfectly! I didn't even have to touch the Krylon! And it dried a satin finish which I thought I had gotten flat because I did not realize the WalMart brand came in Satin. Happy accident!
 Yeah I didn't even bother to cover the foam. I figured that the fabric I am using is dark enough to cover what little bit gets on it. And I was right! Glad I did not waste my time!
 Here she is all dry and inside. Just waiting for me to cover her with her loverly new clothes!
 I laid out the fabric that I bought. This was a thick upholstery quality fabric at Joann's. I was lucky that when I went in, the brand was on sale. I got 2 yards for $12.00!!! I may have to go back and get more. I will just pray its still on sale :). I laid my fabric on the floor and then laid the pieces of cloth I had removed from the chair on top. I cut my new pieces about 1 inch bigger than the existing pieces to leave room for error. This is why I may need more cloth.
 Then I just matched the pieces up and started stapling! (I'll post a tutorial for this part when I get around to chair number 2) Really to perfectly hide the staples I would have had to dismantle the back part of the chair. Hubby and I started to and then gave up. It was not an easy process. So I will hide my staples with a lovely chord trim soon! Here is halfway through the process.
And here she is all finished! The only thing I need to do is put that chording on. Just not ready to spend the money on it yet. You can't even see the staples unless you get really close and know to look for them! And this is your sneak peek of my almost complete girl room!
 *Sigh*  I love it. I love. love. love it. It was a lot of work but it looks SO GOOD in there!
One more time, just for fun. Here is what it looked like before:
And here is the glorious after!

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