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Friday, September 30, 2011

Thrift store love & my new chairs

A few weeks ago Handy Andy and I took a trip to a local thrift store. He was looking for some new flannel shirts (oh yeah), and I was looking for anything I could use in a scrapbook and maybe a picture frame. I found a few fun things, including Scrabble tiles, some vintage-looking cards and an excellent frame.

While I was rummaging around, I passed by the furniture section and came across these chairs that I instantly loved. There were three of them, but I only bought two. They were $5 each.

Ok, so they don't look like much, but I loved the look of them and I had been looking for another little something to put in my living room. I had seen a chair I really loved from Target:

The problem? For starters, it was about $200 over budget. Also, it was a little too big for the open spot in my living room.

So, back to my thrift-store chairs. I had read Centsational Girl's blog post about refinishing a thrift-store chair, so when I saw these chairs I thought (in true Handy Andy fashion) "I can do that!" I brought them home and prepared for the refinishing. I gathered the following supplies (most from Handy Andy's collection):

1. Spray paint
2. Staple gun
3. Scissors
4. Sandpaper
5. Amazing fabric (that I bought from JoAnn's - on sale!)

Next, I took the seats off by flipping the chairs over and unscrewing the four screws that held the seats on.

I lightly sanded the chairs all over and wiped them down with a damp cloth. Then spray paint. My mom was visiting, so that was her job while I worked on painting another project I'll share later.

While the paint dried I cut two pieces of fabric for the seats. On Centsational Girl's post, she added some padding, but I actually thought the seats were comfortable enough. I covered the seat as they were, old fabric and all. I folded the fabric around the seats tightly and used the staple gun to secure the fabric on the underside of the seat. All that's left is screwing the seats back on to the chair frames, and...

Done! Well, this was taken before they were actually done, because I had to go back and fix a few spots with the spray paint. After that I moved them to their rightful place in my house...

They are perfect for the space and it only cost me about $30 total. I call that a success! What do you think?

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  1. For some reason, blogger keeps eating my comments when I try to post them! What I said (two days ago) was that these turned out great! I did something similar to a couple of my grandmother's chairs many years ago, and they need to actually be done again. LOVE the fabric!

  2. I love the orange! Too cute! Gotta love a good thrift store find:)

  3. Adorable chairs! I'm in the middle of redoing my dining room chairs, it's a work in progress though. ;)

  4. Thanks all! This was my first thrift store adventure as far as projects go. Definitely hooked!

  5. Great chairs!! I love the fabric you used on them!

  6. The chairs turned out really, REALLY well! Good job.

  7. The chairs look great! The fabric and the dark wood make a perfect match. You have a very nice blog too. I love the background - very Zen looking.

  8. oh wow, this is a great project! You made it look so easy, I think I could even do something like that! Great job..and the chairs look really fancy too :)

    following your adorable blog now!

    Adventures of Newlyweds

  9. So Cute! I love it! Thanks for stopping by!
    Brooke from babblingsandmore.blogspot.com

  10. I am now following you back!
    Thanks, Brooke