I have seriously got to start taking before shots. Here is my latest project, coming soon to my etsy store. This little gem was really banged up, but I’ve brought it back to life.
As promised, here are the other two chairs I’ve done. Can you guess which went into the boys’ room, and which went to the girl?
I lucked out and found the same chair on two different occasions! The chairs looked like someone soaked their hands in a combination of mud, grease and grime for weeks, then smeared every inch of the chairs with it! I thought about taking the metal frames to get sandblasted and refinished at an auto painting place but didn’t. Because 1) the places I called thought I was crazy (this is ohio, not san francisco, after all..) and 2) really, who am I kidding? I read a very effective tip on bringing your chrome back to life. Simply scrub the chrome with aluminum foil. What was even better? add some baking soda pasted with water. It was amazingly easy and effective in cleaning/shining the chrome. Check the before and after… (A lot of times you’ll see my ‘before’ objects positioned rather strangely. That’s because I ALWAYS forget to take the before picture before starting the demo.)
I’ve been obsessed with recovering old chairs lately. Maybe it’s because I’ve been ‘finding’ so many! I just love making something old and cast aside, new again. I’ve done about 3 chairs so far, with 2 chairs and 2 couches left to re-upholster. I don’t know when I’ll get to those, as fabric (at least what I want) is un-cheap! I love the funky, mod fabrics out , but at $18-$60 per yard, that could add up.
The chair in this picture is my craft room chair. It was actually an rolling office chair in its old life. I loved the chair instantly from the side of the road. I cleaned it up nicely, but kept the original upholstery for a few months. I wasn’t sure I could recover it, since I couldn’t find any screws. I eventually found the screws and proceeded to take it apart. For a second during the demo I considered pitching the whole project because it had sooooooo many staples! Plus, it was really built to last, and I wasn’t sure I could do as good a job putting it back together. I’m so glad I kept it and continued to work on it because it turned out so nice! It took me 3 nights to demo and rebuild. I still didn’t tighten up the redo as much as the original, but I think it’s great. I’m working on my perfectionist tendencies…
The sweetest part of the whole deal? The fabric only cost me $0.88 for all 3 yards (I only used about 1.5 yards). The Wal-Mart I got it from was closing out their fabric section so I was able to pull off a major score.
I have two more chairs that I’ve done that I will post soon.