Monday, July 5, 2010

Nanny's Chair

I did it!  Even though the heat was atrocious, I just couldn't wait any longer to finish my chair.  A few posts back I asked for help deciding on which fabric to use on the chair seat.  No one picked Option D, but that is the fabric I chose.  Mostly because I decided that I wanted to paint the chair red and the fabric matched perfectly.  I have to say, this project went so much quicker than I thought it would.  I had primered the chair yesterday so all I had to do was add the red paint today.  Its not a perfect paint job, but I absolutely love the way it turned out.  I was going to distress it after painting, but the fabric is so modern looking, I thought that distressing would take away from it.

The funny thing is, that when I finally removed the old fabric, I found that my Nanny had recovered the chair as well.  I thought she had bought it with the ugly green home dec fabric, but apparently, she bought it with some kind of funky animal print fabric and recovered it.  It was so degraded and gross I couldn't even take pictures of it.  It actually fell apart as I removed it.  I was hoping to reuse the padding, but that wasn't going to happen, so I used quilt batting and went to work.  I hit a slight snag when the staples for the new staple gun I bought didn't fit, but I was able to reuse the small upholstery tacks that were used on the original piece and it turned out just fine.  Now the seat is much cushier than before and it brightens up my studio.
What do you think?
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  1. OK, you win. The painted version is much better. How cool that you recovered it, and so did nanny? Remember how she and pop used to find stuff like a huge bucket of blue paint and use it on everything? Heck, she was re-purposing before it was cool! Carrying on the family tradition....

  2. Love your blog! You have done well with the challenge! Wasn't it motivating! Love the makeover and absolutely love your fabric choice. It has great vintage appeal! Did you order this fabric and the Basic Grey Blush (choice A) online?

    Any plans to add google friends option to your blog? I would love to follow you.

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. Some projects turn into archaeological digs, don't they? I love when a retro chair gets a mod face lift. Spectacular job.

  4. Love the red chair. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  5. I love the fabric on the chair. Very cute and vintage. Except that looks like fabric I would have had as a child, so maybe vintage isn't the right term. Very mod!

  6. Oooh, sassy, Kelly! Love the new color you've introduced into this chair. Very vibrant!

  7. I love how the chair came out!! Thanks for stopping over and commenting. I'm following you back!