Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Craigslist Freebie!

This chair was the ugly stepsister to the circle chair except better because it was....FREE!!!  The woman who I purchased the circle chair from was just going to dump it until I grabbed it from her.  I think she was tossing it because it had a faint smell of stale cigarettes, yuck, and one of the arms had been pretty badly chewed on by what I suspect to be a dog in desperate need of a new toy.

The first thing I did when I got home was strip the old upholstery and foam off to try and diminish the nasty odor.  Then I got busy trying to repair the arm.  I knew it would never look perfect because so much had been lost but I could make it look a lot less obvious.  I basically just sanded it until it was smooth. I tried to follow the lines of the arm to make it match the other side as best as possible.  There were a few other places the dog nibbled so I got busy sanding those too.  A little wood filler on a few cracks and it was good to go.

My next step was to prime it.  I used a Zinsser primer that is made to, among other things, cover strong odors.  It worked great.  After a couple coats of primer, no more stale smoke!  Then I went with a high gloss Rustoleum white spray paint.  I thought the spray paint would work best for all the small details in the caning.  It only took a couple coats.  I wanted it to really shine so I followed it up with a spray on poly coat.

The fabric I used to upholster is Premier Prints Amsterdam collection in chartreuse.  This was a big deal for me.  I always want to go bold but usually talk myself out of it.  This time my sweet husband convinced me to go for it.  I covered the seat and then slept on it overnight.  I flip flopped back and worth about whether to rip  it off and start over at least half a dozen times.  I am sooo happy that I didn't.  I love the way it turned out!  I think it gives my room a really fun pop of color.  I didn't tuft the back because of my fabric choice and I thought it made the chair more contemporary.  This was a real test of pushing outside my comfort zone and I think it was a great success.  I can't wait to tackle another colorful project!
that is my printer hanging out under there







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38 comments:

  1. I LOVE this chair!! Way to go bold! One day when I get over my fear of upholstery I'll try something like this too! I adore the pattern you chose, and the color! Great job!!

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  2. Love both of the chair re-do's and Pyper...just too cute for words!

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  3. This came out fantastic. Love your choice of fabric and the perfect spot for your printer, ha!

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  4. Another great makeover! Love the fabric! I'm your newest follower. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!
    ~Katie from eyespydiy.blogspot.com

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  5. i am so jealous you know how to do this sort of reupholster! I know how to redo a seat but I have a french chair i have wanted to reupholster forever but don't know how to sew piping or anything!

    looks great!!

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  6. Oh my cream'ified fabulousness! I'm putting your chair in the PoPP Spotlight on Saturday. Thanks for linking up.

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  7. that is amazing! i love the fabric you used- it is so fresh and so non-nana-ish anymore!

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  8. WOW! That is awesome! That is a talent I do not possess but it is on my bucket list of things to learn. My patience for upholstery and slipcovering are very thin:)Great job! Blessings,
    Kelli

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  9. This is gorgeous, and the fabric is Fantastic! I'm glad you stuck with it! Great job!
    xoxo,
    Amy

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  10. That is amazing for free! and you did a great job refinishing this chair.

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  11. From Free to FAB! You have a wonderful eye. I wish the gal you got it from could see it now! jules

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  12. No way is that the same chair! You really gave it a great update. Looks like something out of "House Beautiful"! Nice job! :) Michelle

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  13. What a fantastic job. Did you teach yourself to upholster? That is one of the only things I have let scare me.

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  14. That chair turned out fabulous! I'm in love. I haven't attempted upholstering yet...I'm too chicken.
    ~Mary
    www.thecraftygals.blogspot.com

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  15. Trash to treasure! Great fabric choice. I wonder if you had any hints on the upholstery portion of the makeover. I was wondering how you did the welt around the cushions. It looks very professional. Love the whole look!

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  16. So glad you stuck with the bold fabric! Your chair looks beautiful!
    Great job. :)

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  17. What a wonderful transformation.

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  18. Super Cute! Just found your blog and love it! xox

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  19. Hi!
    Love your redo! I redo furniture too and love finding people who have the same addiction, um, I mean passion, as I do! Although I haven't been as brave as you! Reupholstering, it totally scares me! Great job, look forward to seeing more!
    Mary @ http://thedecorativepaintbrush.blogspot.com

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  20. You did an awesome job on her makeover...looks outstanding! Thanks for coming to my party, please be sure to link my blog name or party button on your post...thanks.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  21. What a transformation. It looks great.

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  22. What an awesome chair! I love the fabric, so god you went bold!

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  23. I love everything about this chair!

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  24. Love the material you chose! I love the white paint! Okay... I love it all! :) Thanks for linking up to Sassy Sites- Trash to Treasure Tuesday! We are doing a LABEL giveaway today, so come back and check it out!

    xoxo!
    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

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  25. great job on the chair. you did a great upholstering job.

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  26. Wow! You did a GREAT job! Very nice :) I'm a new follower and I saw you on Tatertots and Jello!

    -Angelica

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  27. I love the transformation! It turned out so great! Good job!

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  28. Okay, your chair is awesome! I am jealous of your upholstering skills. Crazy! Love it!

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  29. I saw this on Cassie's site and had to come take a look. It is fabulous! Your choice of fabric is just what this chair needed, and your upholstering skills are amazing.

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  30. Wow that turned out to be a really nice chair. Love the color. I am just starting to get the upholstering bug. We shall seeee!!!!

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  31. This is such a fun & funky chair. Most people wouldn't have given it a second glance, but good job seeing how great it could be!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  32. awsome! Had to post about it @ www.UglythenPretty.com

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  33. I am so coming and stealing your chair!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this...!!!

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  34. A-MAZING job! I so want to learn to do this!

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  35. Love it!! Great job and the fabric is fab!!

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