A couple of months ago I purchased a set of chairs from Craigslist. These chairs had been used in a medical office, so they were in pretty good condition, but the fabric was horrible and the chairs had been painted yellow. I knew right away they had great potential, somewhere in our home, so for $15, I couldn't pass them up! One benefit of redoing these chairs was that they had minimal upholstery fabric, which meant less work for me.
We decided to turn our front living room into a library/music room, so these chairs will work perfectly at our 'library' table. My wonderful husband took the difficult job of stripping the wood, sanding, staining, and finishing. My task was cutting the fabric out, stapling the fabric to the chair, and admiring our handiwork.
Enjoy some photos of the before, the process, and the finished product:
|Fabric and Cushion Removed|
|Bradley used all of these products to finally get the yellow paint off.|
|One coat of paint on the left chair.|
|Fabric detail. I love linen!|
|I was so excited when I took the old piping off to discover that it had been hot glued in! This part was super easy!|
|Love the contrast of dark wood and light fabric.|
Here is a breakdown of my costs for this from scratch project:
Chairs - $15 for both chairs
Fabric - FREE!! A friend had given me some designer fabric leftover from her yard sale last year
Stain - Free (already had this)
Staples - Free (already had them)
Polyurethane - Free (already had this)
Disclaimer: Remember that upholstery tool my husband bought for me? You can read about it here. So, if you want to include that in the cost for these chairs, go ahead, but I prefer to leave it out! That tool will be put to use in many projects to come, so I think I'll just stick with saying that these chairs cost $15.
We hit some snags along the way: the previous paint color took several coats of stripper and sanding before it finally came off; my husband said the stain was dry so I put the seat cushion in and it definitely was not dry, evidenced by stain all over my newly recovered seat; we had to purchase a new tool (not really a problem, but it made the project last longer); I went to finish the very last step and realized that an entire section of the chair didn't have stain on it!
Even with all of these challenges, our chairs are done and I LOVE them!
I'm linking this up on My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. Be sure to check out Kristin's blog!
Also linking up on Feathered Nest Friday, over at Courtney's French Country Cottage.