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grammardog
« on: December 02, 2009 08:45:03 AM »

First, the results!  Here are my happy new chairs:



A few weeks ago, I bought some very ugly, dirty chairs from the Salvation Army with the intention of putting them in my small-ish kitchen.  They were $12 for the pair, which, frankly, I felt to be quite steep.  Look how ugly and filthy!  Vinyl cushions!  Ew.  But they were nice and sturdy, and I liked the metal frame, so I took them home to fix them up.



This photo is pretty out of focus, but you can kind of see how dirty and rusty and gross these chairs were:



I went out looking for red upholstery fabric to look cute with my light green kitchen, but it was either impossible to find something decent, or ridiculously expensive.  Luckily, I came across some adorable apple fabric that I fell in love with, and bought some of that.  I also got some white glossy rust paint (holy CRAP, it took a lot of spray paint to get these chairs covered).  A week with the swine flu later, and I had my finished chairs!  Here is the fabric close up:



Here, Bea Arthur faces the age-old conundrum of how he will reach his food bowl while never having to stand up:



The piping around the cushions was a great challenge - I don't have a zipper or piping foot for my sewing machine, so I improvised by positioning my needle as close to the piping as I could, and pulling the piping under the foot at a 45 degree angle, which I'm sure wasn't great for my machine, but it did the trick, if not perfectly. 

I'm so happy with the way these turned out!  Now I just need to paint a small table my awesome dad built to put between them, and I will have a lovely spot to sit and have my tea.  I'm looking forward to having seating in the kitchen, as I often have someone in there while I am cooking, or wish there was a place to sit down while I peel potatoes and such.
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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2009 09:09:49 AM »

Holy guacamole those are fantastic!  I <3 your kitty too the name made me laugh. 
Great job recovering them the fabric choice is so cute and fun!
$12 is steep for those but they look like good sturdy chairs I think you made a good decision
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2009 09:14:24 AM »

Your redo makes them look so cheerful -- nice job!
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2009 09:35:25 AM »

Your chairs are so cute now! I love the fabric and it really adds a pop of color to your kitchen.
Your kitty is adorable too!
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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2009 09:49:26 AM »

Nice job!  I am an admitted piping snob and would not have thought you could do that nicely without a zipper foot.  It makes the project.
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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2009 11:37:37 AM »

Love the fabric! Those are adorable.
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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2009 12:01:23 PM »

looks great! i'll save this for my inspiration box!
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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2009 12:31:01 PM »

Nice job!  I am an admitted piping snob and would not have thought you could do that nicely without a zipper foot.  It makes the project.

Thank you!  It was my first time attempting piping so it took a couple of tries to figure it out, and like I said, it's definitely not perfect, but it's good enough for $12.  Smiley

Thanks for the props, everyone!
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2009 03:22:54 PM »

I LOVE the chairs!!
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2009 07:18:01 PM »

Those chairs are great, your cat it cute and your pictures are awesome, great job!
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« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2009 04:46:38 AM »

Beautiful!  I love them Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2009 03:21:19 PM »

Nice chairs and nice cat. He looks just like mine only fatter.
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« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2009 10:57:19 PM »

Love this! Where did you learn your technique for upholstery? I'd love to be able to do this!
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« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2009 03:46:52 PM »

I love the fabric you chose for your chair redo. You also did an amazing job putting it all back together to look like you bought them this way. Those will look awesome in your kitchen. Maybe you can make some placemats to match if you have leftover material.
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« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2009 07:01:26 AM »

great redo!  love that apple fabric, so cute!
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grammardog
« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2009 06:13:51 PM »

Love this! Where did you learn your technique for upholstery? I'd love to be able to do this!

Ha ha ha... I had to laugh at the suggestion that I have a technique! Smiley  It's nothing of the kind... I just gave it a whirl.  I am giving a bigger upholstery project a try after the holidays are over... I'm much more nervous about that one!
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« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2009 08:36:55 AM »

Such adorable fabric!  I love this redo, it makes the $12 you spent on the chairs well worth it Smiley  I love that your new chairs not only match your kitchen, but your cat.
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« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2010 03:52:55 PM »

Very cute!
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« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2010 05:33:44 PM »

You cleaned them up nicely! Great job! Cute as a button.
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