Thursday, February 25, 2010

Just Another Chair Redo...

You know we've all seen them and most of them are absolutely, 100% BETTER!

Chair Redos.

I always try to keep an eye out for that unique chair that I know I could make special and give life back to. This guy was just sitting by himself in the corner of my Goodwill store. I liked the detail on the top of the chair back so I decided it was coming home with me!

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The seat was old and you could tell it was that fake pleather. Eww! I decided to take the vinyl off and use it as my pattern for the new seat. I took pictures of this process but I can't find them anywhere. So I employed a world renowned artist to sketch a rendition of the next few steps:


I know, remarkable huh? She also spelled "piping" wrong, so I had to fire her.

This was my first time using piping and it could be sort of tricky to use. But once you get the hang of sewing things essentially, inside out, it's easy peasy.

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Once you put the new seat back onto the chair pad go ahead and fit the fabric tight to the seat using a staple gun. I decided to put piping on the bottom of the seat to make it look more "professional." Whatever that means.

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I just started at one end and followed the edge of the bottom of the seat- stapling as I went.

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Once you get to a corner or a curve, you can cut little a V or two to give the fabric room to bend and curve. You can cut as many V's as you think is necessary. Just make sure not to cut too far where you'd see the cut on the outside of the fabric.

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Flip 'er over and screw the seat back to the chair.

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And there you have it! I now use this chair as my sewing chair. The tall back seems to really help when sitting for a long time.

Here are a few other fun chair redos I thought I'd share:


Britt at Cucumbersome

Makes me want to go search Craig's List.


Averill said...

I love your chair! The quatrefoil detail is dynamite and I love the fabric you chose for the seat.

Desiree said...

I love that fabric so much!! It's gorgeous! Our chairs in the breakfast nook had piping but it was too intimidating so I didn't try it. Looking at your chair makes me wish I would have!

Lovely lovely!

laura @ so alaurable said...

Wow, you did a great job! I'm alway so inspired by chair makeovers.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

THis is wonderful, what a great transformation!
Take care-

Scraps said...

I have a chair purchased many years ago from an "antiques" shop in a bad part of town. It seriously needs a makeover. Your post is making me move it up on the to-do list :)

{The Classy Woman} said...

I love chair redos! I love the little clover cutout in the chair and the fabric is so pretty!

Here is one that I did, but it was a fabric-only redo, the chair's paint color was already perfect and shabby chic. I love the fabric and got it for a steal!