From Icky Brown to Blue with Spots!

My Mother

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And her ex-chairs.

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Well, I’m not exactly a chip off the old block… but we do both love a bargain.

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A couple of years ago we were at Lucketts Spring Market (click here)basically Mecca for junk and furniture makeover lovers like me! While she was shopping a picker’s booth, I was chatting with him and she comes up with a chair-how much for the pair of these?

Picker: “$9”

Me: “Um, for both?”

My mother: “SHHHH!”

Picker: “Yep.”

Okie dokie. Seriously, where did he come up with that number? I totally see my mother’s point, but at that price… really!? We could have swung the $18. Two chairs! Cute chairs….

So, here’s what they looked like when we got them. A bit on the yucky brown side.

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Here’s how we got them to the car.

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Perhaps you’ve seen these photos before? Just sayin. A lot of people thought we were hilarious and leaned out their car windows to snap a pic!

They moved to my house where they sat and sat and finally I pried my daughter out of one-she loves them. My poor mother will never get them back.

I used a hammer to pull up the old seats.

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Basically a cardboard backing with light padding and fabric stapled on. The nails were already under the fabric, so when you nail it on, there’s nothing to cover with welt or trim.

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I liked the clean look of the chairs, so gave them a scrub, gave them a couple of coats of bright white spray paint, then just covered the existing seats to keep the same lines.

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When covering a seat in this way, I find it helpful to put a staple or two in the middle of each side, then work around the rest of the edges. It helps me keep the fabric straight and smooth. Then, I pushed the fabric over the old nails to let them poke out for reuse. All that was left was to nail the seats back down.

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at-table-pl* A quick note on this fabric-it’s curtains! I saw them on the clearance rack at HomeGoods (we have no affiliation) and immediately thought of chairs-it’s a heavy linen and I loved the colors and pattern. I often find fabrics in this way and usually it’s much less expensive than buying the same quality at the fabric store and often totally unique.

**We did steal the chairs from my mother, but she already found another bargain pair that need a makeover!

2 Comments on From Icky Brown to Blue with Spots!

  1. Melissa
    November 9, 2016 at 12:55 pm (11 months ago)

    They look amazing!

    Reply
  2. Beverly
    November 10, 2016 at 8:54 am (11 months ago)

    Looks like My Sister!!

    Reply

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