Okay, people. These might be Top 5 Scores over here in the Ciburbanity
hoard house. I’m loving them. And am also trying iteration #947 for that weird landing/ pass through space at the foot of our stairs. A gal can dream.
I hate it when I read about people taunting me with their leather library couch found free on the curb in Queens. Or the perfect Dutch modern sideboard that they spied at a church thrift store for $15. Or the Moroccan ottoman on Craigslist for $8. Well, these are those, my friends. Don’t hate the messenger, hate the sellers. I paid $35. For the pair.
Here’s the catch, they both looked like this:
However, thanks to my #1 favorite tool in our tool arsenal, not a problem. The beloved jigsaw came into our lives for this post about my DIY headboard. But… it’s been used for this and this, and probably others that I’m forgetting. I traced the cushions that came with the chairs onto 3/8″ plywood. I wanted something thick enough to support the amplest of booties, but not too thick to look funny when set on top of the seat frame.
After a 15 minute jigsaw date, here’s what I had.
Okay. Fabric. This space is a little funky (as I’ve mentioned a zillion times), but I needed to choose a fabric that works generally with my khanjali peacock chair and all the colors/ patterns in the living room. These chairs won’t be next to anything, but they’re close enough that they need to relate. I laid the fabric choices on the two closest pieces. Which would you choose?
Well, I chose the crazy one I got on sale a while ago. The smaller print seemed a little demure for these already demure old chairs. I wanted to pop them up, and I wanted the furniture in that weird space to feel BIGGER not to blend in. I pulled the cover off of the cushions (they were in perfect condition) and used these for the padding.
I layered the cushion fill with some batting and the fabric.
When I’m reupholstering a seat, I always put in one staple along each edge to make sure the fabric is taught and centered.
Then I go back around the edges, pulling tight the entire time. Corners are always a disaster, but I try to staple the fabric the same way I’m making the corners on a bed, or wrapping a present. (I use the Powershot 5700 staple gun; it’s manual but after trying an electric version, this is by far more powerful.)
Trim the edges to remove the excess fabric, and pop your seat covers back on the chair.
If these chairs were getting lots of wear and tear, I’d screw the seats onto the frame. But they’re not. So I didn’t. This is how the space looked before with this other set of chairs I made over.
Here’s how it looks now!
There’s a lot of wood which might need to change, but I’m liking that it feels a little more solid and grounded. Heavier. Weighs down that corner a bit more. When I bought these chairs, I fully intended to paint them as there are so many great inspiration pieces online but…. I don’t know if you can tell from this picture, but the caning is double layered so front and back; I was worried that the spray paint wouldn’t penetrate enough and I’d be left with some visible brown in the middle where the paint couldn’t reach.
We’ll live with it and see how it looks in different lights, etc. But… for under $50, I’d say this is a win-win little afternoon project.
Any fixer uppers you’ve been working on lately? Any spaces you just can’t seem to get a handle on?
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