Sunday, October 2

Day 2 - a whole new chair

Welcome to day 2 of my October series!

I thought I'd start us off with chair makeover I just finished. A chair is a great way to add a little color and interest, and it's super functional. It never hurts to have an extra seat around! I picked up this chair at a yard sale earlier this summer (the one with the black seat. I didn't get a picture of it by itself), and decided it was time to dress it up a little and uncover its potential. I used things I already had as much as possible to save some serious $$$.

I started by taking off the seat and giving the frame a quick rub with some sand paper. Then I used the left over spray paint from my salt & pepper shaker project to turn it a beautiful blue. This is after the first coat.

I did a couple coats to get the wood to stop showing through, but it used less than a can of paint. I still have a little left! Here it is finished.

Then it was time to address that ugly black seat. I found the fabric I wanted to use and also pulled out some fleece batting to cover the seat with just to smooth things out a little and freshen up the feel. I started by laying my fabric face down, then my batting, then the seat. I trimmed the extra fabric and started pulling it around to the back and stapling it on.

I was careful to avoid any wrinkles on the front and and then trimmed the extra once more.

Then all that was left was putting the seat back on!

Total project cost:
$1.50 - chair from a yard sale
$0 - spray paint (left over from another project, $5-6 if you don't have any yet)
$0.50 - fabric from a yard sale (I also used it to make a bag)
$0 - batting (left over from other projects, about $6/yard new, but wait for those 1/2 off coupons for Hobby Lobby!)
Total - $2.00

And just for fun, here's a before & after comparison:

How about you? Do you have a chair sitting around that could benefit from a makeover? Go find that hidden potential!


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  2. Yep me some chairs! Usually found cheap and transformed with a mild bit of imagination and elbow grease. Great makeover! You're on my list of 31-dayers to follow :)

  3. Just had to delete my typo; anyway:

    I happen to have a matching tote bag, so why not just ship me the chair? :) Great job once again! You have a great eye for potential along with the creativity and skills to carry it through.

  4. Thanks Cindy! Glad to have you!

    Rhetta, you make me laugh. :) And I'm glad you like it!

  5. I love this! I would love to start redoing furniture picked up at yard sales and Salvation Army, but I'm not sure how much of a market there is for it. It just seems like a great way to make some extra money while staying home with the kids AND I get to be creative. Win. Win. Have you tried to sell anything?

    1. I haven't tried selling any redo pieces myself so I don't really know what kind of market there is. Sorry! That would definitely be a win win though! Maybe worth a try to buy just a few pieces and see how it goes? I have had two people ask me for custom builds, so that could be an option too if it's something you're interested in. :)