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Monday, August 31, 2009

Little Miss Muffett

I am still working on our guest room but I thought I would give you a little sneak peek of one of the projects. Back in April I wrote a post on great guest bedrooms and shared with you my goal of only using things that I already owned, found in thrift stores or Craiglist to transform this room into a wonderfully tranquil space. Guess what? I am staying true to my word. Here is a chair that I found for practically nothing on Craigslist.

I had been seeking a slipper chair style and this filled the bill perfectly! Don't you just LOVE it?


Let me show you the wonderful upholstery up close. Oh wait, the picture below is of Mr. Decor and I ripping off the upholstery.
Tip: The couple that tears apart furniture together can often avoid the high fees associated with marriage counseling. :)


Ah, much better. Mr. Decor reinforced the chair with a bit of glue and some clamps. We each took a turn sanding the chair.


After a good wipe down I then primered and painted the chair frame white and took the frame to my favorite upholstery shop.

I found the luscious silver cotton velvet at SAS fabric for $5.00 a yard. I think the chair will look lovely against the lavender walls.


Have a seat.

Have you had any good makeovers lately?

44 comments :

bj said...

ummmm...this is just beautiful

Kelly said...

Between you and Mr Decor, you make quite the team! Gorgeous transformation...and what a deal on that fabric. I gnashing my teeth with jealousy :P

marty39 said...

What a gorgeous transformation. I love the style of the chair, so elegant and your choice of fabric is stunning. I think it will be perfect in your room. I can't wait to see the finished project. Hugs, Marty

Maggi said...

Oh wow, what a makeover! My mom recently overhauled my craft space and gave it a makeover (thank goodness!) lol

Multiple personalities.. said...

WOW! You did a fabulous job revamping that chair. I LOVE the color of that velvet. It's so lovely, and I so wish I could sit in it. Thanks for sharing!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Laura, that chair is gorgeous! I love the fabric and the way the upholstered edge mimics the curve of the frame in the front.

jewelstreet said...

That is lovely! I love the color.

I grew up doing stuff like that with my dad. It's so much fun and way more rewarding. I am currently refinishing and making over an old French door I found thrown away at the dump. It's really starting to look sensational.

fawndear said...

Love the transformation and the inspiration. Hummm, maybe I will tackle my grandmothers rocking chair after all.

Heather - Speckled Egg said...

Oooooh! Gorgeous makeover!!!! I just saved a hutch that my neighbors were tossing... it needs a bunch of work (and paint)!!!

bec4 said...

Wow--I am impressed. I have done some reupholstering, but I am not this good. Enjoy!

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

Laura,
Love this!! It is gorgeous! I want to find a set of slipper chairs for my bedroom...I will keep looking on Craigslist. We are getting ready to move to Colorado...maybe I will have better luck finding something like that there. I just finished reupholstering a chair for a client, so I can appreciate all the work that goes into something like this...simply beautiful how it turned out!

Can't wait to see it in the room.

Love and hugs!
~Victoria~

Rebecca said...

I'm LOVIN' IT! No new projects for a few days. Too many special orders...

LOVE YOUR WORK!

xoRebecca

bettyann said...

oh so beautiful...I love taking stuff others throw away and recreate it...good marriage workout lol...

Lisa Anne said...

OMG that's got to be a totally different chair!! It looks amazing.

Mimi said...

Too cute.. I am currently working on an old Duncan Fyffe table with drop leaves. I can't wait to post a pic. You are so clever and inspiring!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful. Looks very chic.

Linda said...

Hi,
I adore what you've done with the chair - it's fantastic! No, haven't worked on any makeovers lately, but the fall project, will be my daughter's room. She's grown tired of the shockingly-bright pink, much to my delight, although she wants an equally-bright splash of color that has to do with bright orange and lime green, but at least has agreed to a silvery-grey for the walls. I'm sure it will turn out wonderfully - not quite ready to get started on it though. Maybe in later September.

Better After said...

Oh, how I love a slipper chair! I love this! Would you mind if I featured this project on my blog?

It's a blog full of all my favorite before & after projects I've found on the web. C'mon over and let me know what you think!

Best Life said...

How wonderful! Now, can I ask the nitty gritty questions? What kind of paint did you use? What does one pay to have an upholsterer do the job? (because I think that's the trick...not trying to re-cover it yourself) Thanks! Lisa~

Liz said...

Perfection! Love it! :)
~Liz

LiLi M. said...

Great make over but I think the best part is how to avoid the costs of marriage counceling. I will let my husband know your advice. Thanks! Have a great day!

Christine Edwards said...

Wow, gorgeous! I feel like lately all my projects have been makeovers, and the theme will continue for a bit. Gotta get ready for the company coming at Thanksgiving. :-) Thanks for the inspiration!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I love old chairs. I have a pair of chairs in my living room that belonged to my Grandmother. I had them reupholstered many years ago and they are beautiful. Great job on your chair!! Love & blessings from NC!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

That is gorgeous! Love that fabric. laurie

Mimi Sue said...

Great job. Love it. Mimi

Debbie said...

That is incredible! I love a good redo.

heather said...

LOVE it. Learning how to do that is on my to do someday list. :)

Fergie said...

Wow!
What a great transformation! I LOVE the fabric and it looks so good against the white frame.

shraddha/april@theselfloveproject said...

that is just awsome!!

wsow..i am having so much trobule opeining blogspot blogs today...

shraddha

alice wayne said...

I wish you were awake so I could call you right now!
I'll call you when I wake up in the morning, ahhhh sleep!
Don't let me forget, I have your cc and I must give it to you on Thursday!!!

I think this chair is by far my favorite transformation you've done.
One day this winter I'm gonna come over, I'll let you make me apple cider (lol) and I plan on sitting in this chair all day with Joben JaRudi and reading whatever Outlander book I'm on.

I love you!!!! I think your the ham's spam!
Latis on the menges!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

To answer best lifes question I actually used a spray paint for both the primer and then 2 additional coats of high gloss enamel. The chair ran $200 to upholster but this is much less than what you would pay for a similar chair that was new and this beauty is well built!

Carrie said...

Beautiful transformation!! Love the color of the fabric. Very elegant.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Oh MY!!! I think I have the same exact chair (bought at a thrift store, of course :-) and I am SO inspired to give her a makeover!! If I could find that fabric for FIVE DOLLARS A YARD (!!) I would love to use it. I just love it. Brava!!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

WOW! Very classy!!!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I love how that chair turned out. The white frame and fabric really elevated that chair to look very expensive. I saw a few others asking this, but how much is it to have a chair upholstered like that? I always slipcover because I assume it would be very expensive.

Shelia said...

Wow! What a beautiful job you did! It's gorgeous.
Be a sweetie,

Shelia ;)

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

What a great transformation! Lovely.

Let it Shine said...

Wow! That chair is absolutely stunning. You did an amazing job, the color combo looks magazine worthy. And what a steal for that fabric!
You are right, for $200, you could not have that chair. Also, they do not make chairs that well made anymore to last a lifetime. It was well worth it.
Alyshia

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I remember this chair. I love this chair. :) The lines are so pretty and your choices for it were perfect. It went from looking like a tired and stuffy cast-off to a sleek and graceful stunner.

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

oh my goodness! it turned out AMAZING!!

Suzanne said...

Absolutely fabulous!

Centsational Girl said...

So beautiful ! Love the fabric choice, so fresh and modern. Tres chic! Be proud darlin' !

Low Tide High Style said...

I saw your chair over on Better After and wanted to stop by to say how beautiful I think it is. That velvet fabric is a lovely color and so sophisticated! Great job!

Kat :)

The Thriftress said...

Laura, I saw this chair on Better After. It's gorgeous! I have a similar chair and this is JUST what I want to do with it! I just posted about your reupholstery on my blog at http://thethriftress.blogspot.com/2010/02/living-room-love.html
Thanks so much!
Sarah