Sunday, January 16, 2011

IKEA chair makeover

A few weeks ago while picking up a few supplies from IKEA I saw this little chair.  It is the child's version of their Pello chair.

I had been looking for a little chair for Pyper to have in the living room.  I liked that this chair had clean lines and a much smaller footprint than a lot of the other chairs I have seen.  I like the Pottery Barn Anywhere chair but I knew it took up a lot more space than what I had envisioned.  Plus the IKEA chair was $29.95, much easier on the wallet.  I picked it up but knew it was going to need a little personalizing.

Pyper giving it a try before the makeover.

I used only remnant fabrics and supplies I already had so this project cost me no additional dollars.  I started by priming and painting the legs.  I chose a dark brown that matched our room better than the previous blonde wood.

I decided to recover the chair in a blue fabric to match my couch.  I started by sewing some cording. Then I attached it to the top piece of my chair cover.  Because of the placement of the side pieces I couldn't make a true slipcover for it.  I had to permanently attach it.  I used my machine to sew the top 1/3 of the chair cover together.  Then I hand sewed the rest. 

 I could have taken the chair apart so I could slip it on easier but that sounded like more work.  Plus I did the sewing while watching the Nate Show so I really didn't mind my excuse to sit down while my husband entertained the baby.

I made a little lumbar pillow to add some color to the chair.  

I thought the chair was still looking a little lacking so I decided to make a flower pin to girl it up a bit.  
I used some felt and cut different size circles.  Then I just hot glued then in a layering pattern until I got the size I liked.  For the top I simply pinched the circles when I was gluing them to add a little dimension.  I finished it off with a little sparkle in the center.

I love how it turned out.  It gives her a little spot to sit but still blends in well with the decor of the room.  I think it looks cute and custom for $30 and an afternoon.  

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  1. very nice color choice! I love that wallpaper back there too! I'm sure Pyper will love it!

  2. I'm in love with those IKEA chairs! They are SO comfortable. And the kiddo ones are so cute! You did a nice job. I'm sure Pyper feels like a princess having her own chair :0)


  3. Totally loving it! I love the little flower accent, perfect for a little girl!

  4. Wow! What a great job!!! I'll never look at those chairs the same way again. :)

    BTW..LOVE the flower! :)

  5. Perfect, perfect, perfect! What a spectacular change to that blah chair! I'm going to be your newest follower. Come be mine, too:)


  6. Your daughter's chair looks adorable now! I love the pillow and the flower you made!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a nice comment :)

  7. adorable! so much better and the flower just makes it. love that painted all behind it, too!

  8. Forget the chair! Pyper is the cutest little thing I have ever seen! OK, the chair is cute too.. :)

    Take care,

  9. It's adorable!!! Love the flower and the pop of color that the pillow adds to it. :)

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  13. oooh i love that! i am thinking about getting this for my bed room.