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4.27.2010

Vintage Chair Reupholstered

Today was spent helping a friend reupholster her dumpster chair. She actually bought the chair and a matching sofa for $5 at the local dumpster's salvage yard. Seeing the potential but too afraid to start the project, she had this chair stashed in the basement for about a year. We discuss it often, debating how we would finish it, fabric to use, etc. We finally decided that today would be the day. I packed the car with my staple gun, paint, brushes, (and son).  With a total of 4 kids all jumping in the chair, sitting in it, climbing on or over it, or fighting to get into it, its a miracle we got it finished. We learned a lot but took our time to get it done right. I must say I am really proud of this project.  I feel ready to tackle the sofa soon.  We are thinking of solid white.  I can't wait!

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37 comments:

  1. I love it! You have me daydreaming about a chair similar to this in my garden corner refinished in outdoor fabric with a bright print Vera Bradley like. Very nice ladies I love it! You have inspired1

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  2. Looks wonderful! My mom is a miracle worker like you and she has done several pieces of furniture for our house...

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  3. This is one of the most striking upholstery makeovers I've seen -- I think that the style of the chair, the fabric and the white paint really come together in a special way. I LOVE IT!!! I really don't know how you did that beautiful tufting in those deep pocket, but it's marvelous. Thank you for bringing such a great bragable to the Boardwalk Bragfest! Boy that white paint really brings out the beautiful carvings in the wood, doesn't it?

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  4. WOW! It looks great! :D I haven't done any reupholstery before, but with seeing this it makes me want to try. :D
    Thanks for sharing!

    Have a great Wednesday!
    Sherry

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  5. Your chair is amazing!! It frightens me when I see all those buttons! I don't know what I would do. I love it!

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  6. Outstanding! Button tufts are very hard to do unless you are a professional with lots of experience!

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  7. Love everything about this project...the style of chair, the fabric, the white paint, the button tufting...good job, ladies! Don't know if I'd tackle one this difficult but it looks wonderful.

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  8. absolutely delightful! so pretty and full of charm! very well done! Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week when you get a moment. I have become a follower and would be honored if you choose to do the same!

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  9. Wow what an amazing transformation. Great job!

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  10. WOW...I upholster and its hard work! You did a GREAT job! Thanks for joining us for Anything Related!
    ~Bridgette

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  11. You were brave to take on all that tufting! Wonderful job.

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  12. This is an amazing change for this dumpster chair and very inspirational to me!!! I also love your list of items you found in it!! Too funny!
    Hugs, Lana

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  13. That chair is gorgeous! I have one I keep putting off working on. One day ...

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  14. New friend from HOH! Love the new chair. It would be wonderful if you could do a tutorial one day! I have a chair that I bought and I am a little nervous to tackle it.

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  15. Wow! That's fabulous! Would you come over and work on a chair I have? :o)

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  16. HOLY GUACAMOLE! That chair looks fantastic! Great job!

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  17. Wow! You did an amazing job on the reupholstering! That's quite the project!

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  18. What a FABULOUS update! Love the punch of color!

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  19. WOW! That chair is BEAUTIFUL! I love it!

    ANd you got away with a lot of loot from it too! : )

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  20. What a job and an amazing make-over. It is so fresh and cute now, thanks for linking up!

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  21. love it!! i have a chair with tufts anf covered buttons i need to recover but am too scared to start! glad for the inspiration!
    following you now!

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  22. OK i am so so Impressed- i have done many vintage chairs- and always have trouble with the tufting on those ones- i can never get it so tight.. LOVE IT.. Great JOB!
    Karryann
    Upholstery is my LOVE!!!

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  23. wow great job! :)

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  24. Wow. Really, really, really nice!
    I am following your blog from Follow Me Fridays.
    Scarlet
    http://momswearyourtees.blogspot.com/2010/04/link-to-moms-wear-your-tees-social.html

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  25. Wow! You should be proud of your work. The tufting look terrific.

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  26. Your chair turn out great. i love it.

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  27. Holy cow, girl that looks dang awesome!!! Great job!! I have done easy upholstery stuff (like the seat to a chair that is one piece of fabric) but I would be terrified to tackle your chair! How did you do all the tuffets where you back goes? Is Tuffet even a word?

    Thanks for Hookin' Up with me at my party!

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  28. What a beautiful chair!! If you like makeovers, go to www.thevirginiahouse.blogspot.com. You will love the things she does!

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  29. Happy FF!

    I'm your newest follower! If you get a chance, please follow me too at http://www.mommylivingthelifeofriley.com

    Have a great weekend!

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  30. That's amazing! The fabric is fabulous and I'm so impressed by all the button work you did on the chair back!

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  31. WOW! It turned out beautifully....it is simply stunning. I'm more of a pinkie girlie...but this little number could make me change my mind!

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  32. holy crap i am impressed. i'm in the middle of a re-upholstery project that's kiiillllling me - so much harder than it looks! but you sure made it look easy :)

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  34. That is one gorgeous chair! I really love the fabric you guys used. It also looks really comfortable. Great job!! What did you do with the sofa?

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  35. I am following you from Friday Follow.

    Thanks
    Jeanette Huston
    http://www.mommyblessingsinsmallbundles.com/

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  36. That chair is so cute. You did a great job. My sister has one that looks just like that - I am sending her this link!

    Thanks so much for linking up to The CSI Project's hardware Store Challenge! We hope you will come back next week for the Martha Stewart-inspired challenge -- The MS Craft Department are our guest judges!!!

    XOXO
    Jen

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