My First Big Redo

I purchased two of these uglies at a shop in Roan Mountain for $5 each. Same place I got my window pane.

Man, are they ugly or what?!?! And stinky! When we moved into our new apartment and sent them right to my mama’s basement until I could work on them!

The first thing I did, was take the seat cushion off. What a mess! Stripped screws, rusted nails and a very stubborn gal who would not give up on getting them out… what a combo!

I threw them on my mama’s make shift painting station and sanded them down… there was some kind of varnish on them that made them very slick. After I sanded the first one, my sweet aunt mentioned that they  may have lead paint. So, I didn’t sand the second one. I’ve had them out for a few days now and the paint seems fine.

Then, I primed them with primer my mama already had.

After I primed them, I painted them right up with paint we already had as well! BUT, I forgot to get a pic. So sorry!

While the chairs were drying, I removed the first layer of the seat cushion only to find there was more!

Uggh! I did not remove the final layer of grossness. I wiped it down really really well and went with it and it turned out fine in the end.

Then, I traced my seat cushion onto the batting I purchased from Hancock Fabrics and cut them out with a large bread knife. *If you purchase batting for your seat cushion, make sure you have something to cut it with. It will NOT cut with scissors or small household knives.

After cutting my foam, I glued the foam to the seat. This is not a necessary step, but my foam was thick and I did not want it moving around.

Next step and you may need some help for this one, is to staple your fabric to the seat cushion. . .

Those are my mama’s beautiful hands and we used her heavy duty staple gun.

Chairs were dry and now it was time to attach my cushions

to my chairs

Remember that I told you my screws were stubborn? Well, I did not want to fool with purchasing new ones to fit the hole or make new holes, so I got my old friend Gorilla Glue

I lined my chairs with the glue

Placed my cushions on and put heavy weights on the cushion to hold it down. I also had my papa sit on it for about 45 minutes!

And… Wha La!


Here they are in my living room! Chair 1

Chair 2. Like the “Love Never Fails”? My friend Kristin made it as a wedding gift!

Things I learned during this project:

*Spray paint is worth the extra money, if you’ve got it!
* Do NOT let your paint drip, hence the spray paint.
*Letting mamas help make crafting a bunch more fun!

Cost breakdown:

-Chairs $5 each
-Fabric $9 for one yard
-Batting for seat cushions $9
-Paint and primer free
– Wood Gorilla Glue $5 but I’ll use it again!

Total: $28

I enjoyed spending time with my mama working on this project. This is what I’m working on next…

Let’s all remember the great MLK today. “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars…. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that” Love someone a little extra today!


Linking up to:

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch

Making the World Cuter


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Allison
    Jan 17, 2011 @ 18:16:20

    Awesome Allie! I love how they turned out! You must feel so accomplished!!!


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