A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Please remember to SEARCH before asking a question that may have already been answered. Thanks!
Total Members: 312,157
Currently Running With Scissors:
662 Guests and 11 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop

Pages: [1] 2  All
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Fresh Apple Chairs!  (Read 8061 times)
Tags for this thread: chair , recon  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
« 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.
Tutorial Contributor

Offline Offline

Posts: 602
Joined: 13-Jun-2006

View Profile
« 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

Those who say it can't be done shouldn't interrupt the person doing it.
Offline Offline

Posts: 520
Joined: 12-Jun-2006

View Profile WWW
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2009 09:14:24 AM »

Your redo makes them look so cheerful -- nice job!

If you can read this, thank a teacher! 

Visit my blog :  http://clayplaycafe.blogspot.com
Offline Offline

Posts: 2545
Joined: 05-Aug-2006


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« 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!

In the end, only kindness matters.
« 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.
Formerly williarl13
Offline Offline

Posts: 1646
Joined: 30-Jun-2008

Boldly going where others have probably been.

View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2009 11:37:37 AM »

Love the fabric! Those are adorable.

"Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains" - Jean Jacques Rousseau

"This book doesn't have any answers!" - The Simpsons Movie

so tacky its classy
Offline Offline

Posts: 655
Joined: 23-Jan-2007


View Profile WWW
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2009 12:01:23 PM »

looks great! i'll save this for my inspiration box!

« 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!
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2009 03:22:54 PM »

I LOVE the chairs!!

Mender for the destroyer of worlds
Offline Offline

Posts: 521
Joined: 21-Mar-2008

View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« 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!

Out of the dusk a shadow, Then a spark; Out of the cloud a silence, Then a lark; Out of the heart a rapture, Then a pain; Out of the dead, cold ashes, Life again. ~ John Banister Tabb
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] 2  All Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Jump to:  

only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search

your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
7 Ways to Make Your Legs Look Instantly Better (Without the Gym!)
How to Pull Off Nail Art at the Office
Love Faux Lashes? 14 Tricks You Need to Know
26 Ways You Should Be Using Coconut Oil
How to Get Perfect Lashes, Plus 7 Other Spoon Beauty Tricks
Latest Blog Articles
Tute Tuesday: Fabric Plumeria Flowers
Ghosts and Graveyards
Meatless Monday: Stuffed Acorn Squash

Comparison Shopping

Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...

Follow Craftster...

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2015, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.