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Friday, April 1

New Life to a Thrift Store Chair

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Well, it's finished.
But I barely survived it!

My fingers are sore, by back hurts, &
I don't think I'll quit my day job for a career
in upholstery!  :D

I've been talking about how I procrastinated
starting this project--
that's because I knew it was going to be tough.
This chair was done a little strangely to begin with.

This is what it looked like when I found it at the 
thrift store for $8.
The price was right, but I was worried about
the way it was upholstered.

They say 90% of what we worry about never
happens. This was the other 10% that does!

But it was really sturdy &
I thought it had potential, so I brought it home.

Of course, the first step is to remove the dirty,
old fabric.

I wanted to save and re-use the nail-head trim.
A fork had to be sacrificed though.

I lightly sanded the wood.

Then I spray primed & spray painted the wood.
Here it is naked!

I made SO many mistakes, but I learned a lot.
I wish I would have bought more fabric.
I thought 2 yards (55" wide) would be ample, but it wasn't.

It would look more professional if
a medallion was centered on the seat
and on the back cushion.
But, I didn't have enough fabric to make it possible
& I was too cheap to buy more.

Also, real nail-head trim is really hard 
to use!

Here's the conversation I had with my son:

Darling Son: "Are you finished with your chair?"

Me: "Yes, but don't look too closely--there are lots 
of mistakes!"

Darling Son: "Yeah, your nail-head trim isn't 
equally spaced . . ."

Me: "Oh yeah PUNK" "Yes, sweetheart, that
trim is really hard to get right."

I also learned that
adorable fabric is SO hard to find.
WHERE is it???
I love Home Goods, but they were cleaned out. 

Anywho . . . 
I do love the fabric.
($15 a yard at Hancock Fabrics)
Hopefully no one will look too
closely at the craftsmanship. 


Linking up to these fabulous parties:

Twice-Owned Tuesday Party at Creating a House of Grace

Spray Paint Party at Thrifty Decor Chick 

How To's Day at The Lettered Cottage 

Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring

The Weekend Wrap-up Party at Tatertots & Jello 

Friday Flair at Whipperberry 

Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous 

Feature Yourself Friday at Fingerprints on the Fridge 


  1. Oh Michelle! :) What a beautiful transformation! I am SO impressed, GREAT work! The fabric combined with the white is just perfect! I love it! :)

  2. I am SO impressed you reupholstered anything. The fabric you chose is gorgeous. You should be very happy with the results.

  3. i think i turned out beautiful. great job and i love the fabric

  4. I love the transformation and the fabric you chose, hope you can link this up at my link party :o)

  5. I so enjoyed this and read every word. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my lazy Susan. You feel like you could never do the painting. Well this kind of project terrifies me but your terrific pictures and commentary make me want to try it someday. Im impressed you found a chair for 8 dollars. Our Goodwills price things much higher. ;((. I loved the fabric you chose and the nail heads, well they give it character and make for a very good story :0

  6. Honestly, the chairs looks perfect to me! I've been meaning to take an upholstery class so that I can do it myself too! Great job!

  7. WEll, I THINK IT TURNED OUT GREAT. Love the new fabric on it.
    I can strip furniture and paint it, but upholstering it would be like a death sentence for me.

  8. It looks great! I have yet to tackle upholstery, but I might give a try soon if it will look this good in the end!

  9. You did a fabulous job. I love the orange and white. I did a chair like this a couple of years ago and it almost did me in. They are a lot more difficult than they look!

  10. I think you did a wonderful job on your chair and I love the fabric. I have two very similar chairs to recover. I pulled all the fabric off last December and just finished one of the chairs last week. I sympathize with your little sore fingers and all. :) Looks wonderful.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  11. Michelle,
    I love the fabric! So fun and fresh. I asked an Interior designer the other day what how to keep your upholstered fabric clean...i have little kids...she said to use 100% polyester. Just thought i would share it with you to.


  12. This chair turned out really well! Love that fabric. I enjoy redoing furniture but it really does take some energy, doesn't it?

  13. I love it! I love to redo stuff that I found for a good deal. :) Good job!!!

  14. I love it. What makes your post even more awesome is that you outlined your mistakes. It makes it real, it helps the reader know how to avoid those mistakes, and is fun. I can relate to the sore back and all after projects. I've been painting art for three days and am so sore from the awkward positions I have to get in. But, hopefully it's all worth it. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment about my big risk - the chair!

  15. Oh my goodness, it turned out so good! I really love the fabric. You are one talented woman!

  16. This is beautiful! I love the fabric you chose... fun but classic. I'm featuring you for Flaunt it Friday, stop by grab an I was featured button. Thanks for linking. :)

  17. It looks so awesome! And I think your nail head trim looks great....we're always harder on ourselves than we need be :-) I'm with you about finding cute fabric....where is it?! I go in to Joannes, and out of the hundreds of fabrics they have, I can't find a single one, unless of course I want to pay $45 a yard and/or special order it. No thanks...!

  18. I love it! No one will ever notice the trim anyways. You were brave to take it on in the first place! :)

    Also, thanks for stopping by for you {by love} and commenting. :)

  19. Oh so nice to hear someone say it was harder than they thought. I read all these post on how easy it. I don't think so either :) But you did a great job congrats!

  20. Love it! Your orange fabric is incredible. Great job, I cannot imagine having the guts to tackle a reupholstery job, but you did amazing.

  21. The chair looks good to me......sometimes as DIYers we tend to be a bit hard on ourselves. Love the fabric too. Love the blog! Stop by for a visit :)

  22. Amazing job. I wouldn't know where to start with a fully upholstered piece like that. Seats are my limit.

  23. What a beautiful blog site!!! It's so warm and peaceful. The chair is priceless. I live for thrift stores, crafts and bargins. I also love making special things for the ones I love. This is my first time on this site, but not my last.

  24. What a beautiful chair, orange is my favorite color!

  25. love this chair that you did, would it be ok if i featured it. please let me know.

  26. Hi, Michelle

    I love your chair! You have great taste! I too purchase the same fabric three months ago for a chair and I also used it as a wall art fabric. I just love this fabric.


  27. The sacrificing of the fork!!!! WHO KNEW?? Great idea:) GORGEOUS JOB!! IM following you pleas stop by and follow me too,Deidre~

  28. Fabulous job and such a great choice for fabric, I love the classic look but with a fun punch of color!


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