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.  



Linking to a few parties!

UndertheTableandDreaming
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12 comments:

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

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  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)

    Rainey
    http://theprojecttable.blogspot.com

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

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

    BTW..LOVE the flower! :)

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

    Miranda
    www.justdrinkacoke.blogspot.com

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  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 :)

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

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

    Take care,
    Lisa

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

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