Thursday, January 10, 2013

Wooden Folding Chair Makeover

My obsession with home decor/design and DIY blogs began about a year ago.  My husband was looking for something on the internet one night and ran across Mandi's blog. Her story, her projects and her house are AMAZING!!  I love her style and creativity.  And so began my love affair with blogs.  The more I read about furniture makeovers and DIY projects, the more my creative juices begin to flow.  I began to think "I can do this!" 

Remember when your mother taught you never to judge a book by it's cover?  Well the same goes for furniture.  You can't just look at furniture and see it for what it is, you have to see it for what it can be.  Does it have good lines or dovetail joints?  Can it be painted or reupholstered?  Girls, paint is like a tan, it makes everything look better.

So, when I spotted this wooden folding chair at a yard sale for $5, I thought it would be perfect for fulfilling my husband's request for a chair by the back door.  He couldn't see it.

After two coats of Valspar's Satin Everglade Glen and two coats of Valspar's Satin Clear Sealer it was starting to look at little better.

Then I decided to add an upholstered seat cushion to brighten it up.  I measured the seat and had Lowe's cut the wood to size. Then added 2" foam and a layer of batting from Hancock Fabrics. (It is kind of like your other favorite craft stores in that if an item you are looking for is not on sale this week, it will be next week.  Never buy if it is not on sale!)  Last, but not least, a layer of fabric.

I kind of wish I had gone with 1" foam, but I used the leftovers I had on hand from another project.  Live and learn.

This little number now sits next to the back door.

Please ignore the trim (it's on my to-do list) and the quality of the photos (iPhone).

It's nothing special and it's not perfect, but it is one of my first DIY projects and proof to myself that I could do it.  You've gotta start somewhere right?


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  1. So cute! I think you did a fantastic job, you'll be doing French sofas and high backed chairs before you know it!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Ivy and Elephants.