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Friday, February 15, 2013

The Little Bitty Chair Makeover

A few years back, one of my all-time favorite stores in Glenwood Springs was preparing to close up shop. I knew I was headed for an "economic downturn", and I was determined to pick up one last treasure from Annie K. & Company while she was there, and I was able!
There was no question that I would find something, she always had something I loved. 
On this farewell shopping trip I came upon a charming chair and a darling vanity desk and vintage mirror. I don't think they were officially a "set", but they were definitely a sweet match
The desk and chair had obviously been painted several times, and the previous owner had stripped them in preparation for refinishing. 

 Little hints of previous colors still showing, I thought I could easily repaint these, but I kind of liked they way they looked as is.
  Several years in the presence of a house full of kids, and my sweet little chair was in need of a little help. The fabric was torn off the seat and a small wood trim piece needed to be reattached to the back.

As I've mentioned (maybe too often?) I have no budget for any serious projects right now, but when I came across a small square of this fabric for 50 cents at a shop recently, I thought I could at least replace the seat fabric on my little chair! As I'm thinking into Spring, I've been really drawn to blues and greens and for this price I couldn't go wrong.

A few days after I purchased it, I saw Miss Mustard Seed post about receiving the fabric she was going to be using on her bedroom wall, and was pleasantly surprised to see it was the same pattern! If you haven't seen the gorgeous changes she's making in her room, go check it out here and you'll see what this fabric really looks like!

This makeover was pretty simple. I used wood glue to reattach the small piece of trim that came off the back. I clamped it and let it dry while working on the seat fabric. 
I removed the old staples from under the seat, tossing the old shredded fabric. I re-used the same batting (pesky no budget thing). I wrapped it around the seat and secured it underneath with a bit of hot glue. Then just wrapped the fabric around, stapling along the edges while holding it taut. 
I didn't do the greatest job of documenting each little step, but after stapling and trimming the fabric, I needed to make a small hole in the fabric in the spots covering the screw holes. 

Guess what? I can't find the seat screws! I know they're around here somewhere.....

I'm so happy with the new life this fabric gives the chair! 


Someday, when finances allow, I'll probably work on the wood finishes. There's alot of old purplish color showing from previous finishes on the desk. But for now I feel pretty happy with my little bitty chair makeover.

I know I've said it before, but sometimes it's just the little things, right? 

I hope you all had a blessed Valentine's Day. See ya soon!


Sharing over at:
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  1. Love it - very Restoration Hardware looking - what a great job!!!

  2. Now that is one sweet seat!

    Thank you SO very much for linking up your Valentine goodness!

  3. Great Job. I love that fabric and the chair came out gorgeous.

  4. I saw your post on Hometalk! I love that blue fabric with that dreamy green pillow. I like the color of the chair and I totally understand not having a budget. It's amazing how a little color can spark new life in a piece of furniture.

  5. This looks fantastic!! I LOVE this fabric and I love how your finished your chair.

  6. Darn cute makeover and I do LOVE that fabric!! Thanks for sharing at my party.


  7. As I was reading the beginning of the post I thought to myself, that looks like Marian's fabric and it was!...I love it..the fabric is beautiful and a great addition to the it!

  8. Great transformation! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party.

  9. I love your chair makeover, that fabric is bold and so pretty. Everything came together nicely!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Laura

  10. I am so impressed with the budget you worked with and how darn cute your chair turned out. Thanks for sharing at the Cabin:)

  11. Forgot to tell you I am now a follower:)

  12. Very pretty! I would have snagged that, too!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  13. Jeanette I love the fabric and the desk and chair look like a match made in heaven! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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