Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Chair Makeover using Drop Cloth


My obsession with re-upholstery continues.  It seems like all I can find while out picking is chairs and kitchen tables.  I have quite the stash, I am trying to get them all done so I can move on.  This particular chair was so sturdy and comfy I had to buy it.  The Hubby said it was the ugliest chair he has ever seen.

I kind of agreed although I pretended like he was crazy for fun.  I decided to use drop cloth for the fabric to keep the cost done and also because I like the look.  


I painted the frame with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color French Linen and did a thin wash of white over it.   Then distressed and waxed it.


I re-used the foam pieces because they were in great shape and very cushy.  The back was in two pieces with the top one being thicker so to make it work I sewed a strip of piping to define were the cushions met.  


For the outside back I used curve ease at the top and tack strips down the sides like I did on the sofa project.  To see my tutorial on how to upholster an outside back click here.


It was looking kind of plain.  I really wanted to add a image transfer to the top part, maybe some stripes but I'm selling it so I didn't.  I made a pillow to go with it instead.   The image is from the Graphics Fairy, and I used Tap (Transfer Artist Paper by Lesley Riley) to transfer the image.  Then I drew the stripes with a ruler and a gray sharpie.  You can find TAP on amazon, it works very well.  You cant really see the clear part like you can with the less expensive stuff.  It's kind of spendy so I've been hoarding it.  Do you do that?  Hoard supplies that were expensive.  Makes no sense.  I always think I will save them for something special then end up forgetting I even have them.  Just money sitting there.


If she doesn't sell I will be happy to bring her home and use her as my craft room chair, seriously so comfy.  

One of my goals this year was to get back to working on our home again.  I have several home projects almost done and ready to share :) Almost. (So you know it could still be months.)  I am most excited about a cabinet I built for the kitchen.  I ran out of paint so all production stopped.  My poor kitchen makeover has been on hold for the last year.  I am excited to get back to it.  




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26 comments:

  1. That looks so awesome! Was the drop cloth hard to sew through? did you do any hand sewing or was this all machine sewed???

    You are amazing!

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  2. It looks great! You have brought it back to life...I just saw a couple of chairs covered with drop cloth-canvas type material at TJ Max....I loved them...keep on repurposing..you do such a good job. Blessings!

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  3. What a great transformation of one of the ugliest chairs around! An inspiring job!

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  4. Wow!!! What a wonderful make over, I want to send all my upholstered chairs to you!! I'm great at painting chairs but not at upholstering, you did a fantastic job. Have a great week, Laura

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  5. That is an amazing transformation. The chair looks gorgeous.

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  6. oh mimi--she's lovely! I love using drop cloth for upholstery. :) I buy it when it's on sale.

    hoard spendy stuff? yeah, I do that too.
    great job girl!
    gail

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  7. Your chair just is so awesome. Today, I painted a chair with French Linen and you have given me the idea of doing the white wash over it since I painted the splat old white, this will tie in well. And the seat will be done in a feed sack. I also just did a chair slipcover out of a drop cloth. You may want to check it out on my blog.

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  8. Visiting from Wow us Wednesdays and LOVING this make-over! Such a fresh look for this fun vintage chair and near to my heart because I recently picked up a similar chair for $35 and have been trying to decide what to do with it! I am now inspired....
    Cathy @ Room Rx

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  9. It's really beautiful. I love the look of drop cloth fabric.

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  10. I love that transformation! I scored 2 of these chairs off craigslist (nashville, TN) late last year. Only mine do not have the fancy legs. I am inspired by your work!

    Sam

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  11. Oh your upholstery is fantastic! Wish I had the touch.
    I did a chair recently, it is only "fair" compared to yours. (you should see it on my blog)
    Your chair looks so different and you did such an amazing job!
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  12. Love the chair, and most everything done in drop cloth. You do good work.

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  13. I love that you let your husband think he is crazy for not "getting" a project! I do that to mine too, even when I don't have a clue what I am going to do with something! It makes what we do so much more fun, don't you agree? Lol

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  14. Amazing work, Mimi!! I wish we were neighbors so we could rock the ugly chairs together. I have the baby version of that that I got junking and need to re-upholster. It is the best it could possibly be...beautiful!!

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  15. This turned out so pretty! Such a difference in the before & after it's hard to believe it's the same chair. I'm off to check out your tutorial on how to do the backside...something I need some help on myself :) Your chair turned out beautifully Mimi!

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  16. What a beautiful transformation! I love it!
    hugs,
    Lisa

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  17. Love it!!! Love the pillow too. She was ugly, but she looks fab after her makeover! Nice work...as always :)

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  18. turned out great, and it certainly isn't in the running for ugliest chair any more!!

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  19. Oh my gosh, that is a stunning chair! You really did an amazing job!

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  20. that is such a royal looking chair! you've greatly improved it.

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  21. Love the chair! Looks great! Love even more that you used drop cloth! Pinning!

    Jenna @ http://rainonatinroof.com

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  22. Happy to feature you at the party this morning! Thanks so much for joining us!

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  23. Wow! It *was* a really ugly chair, but you had the vision! An amazing transformation.

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  24. I saw this chair over at Elizabeth & Co and LOVE LOVE it. It is perfection! Great job!

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  25. Wow, from the "ugliest" chair to the most stunning! You are awesome and thank you for sharing the colors/products you used. I am thinking of doing a similar color on a table of mine and wasn't sure where to start. :-)

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  26. Great job! Thank you for sharing :)

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