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« on: December 04, 2009 05:00:13 PM »

I am so excited to post this, it is my first challenge! (Lets hope the images come out right...)

I found four of these awful chairs at the local Goodwill for $4.49 each. The were not the prettiest chairs I had ever seen but I could tell they had potential. They had dried out cracking orange vinyl on the seats from the 70's and the varnish was chipped off of the wood. They were also missing screws all over the place and were covered with ancient gum on the bottom of the seats! These pictures do not do the "before" chairs justice!

This challenge was great because I just got my first apartment and badly needed a dining room set. I had picked up a table for a steal, but didn't have any chairs to go with it! I know several of the other entries are chairs as well, but this was a personal challenge to make something pretty on a tiny budget for my apartment as well. I manage to make these chairs for about $19.03!

Here is an opening shot for the thumbnail...


Here are the chairs before I ripped the orange vinyl off or sanded them down. Those steps took the longest, I wish I would have thought to take pics of those steps as well...


After I had them sanded, screws tightened, wood glued and removed the seats I primed them with the only stuff I had around which was this bright white KILZ


Finally, I ripped off the vinyl and replaced it with some awesome fabric from my stash and painted the frame with a couple coats of paint. I actually got the black paint for free a while ago with a promotion for a free pint of paint from Glidden (I sound like a commercial!). Here are the finished chairs in my first apartment! I painted them to match this craigslist table I found.
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2009 05:05:43 PM »

Very nice, I myself am in need of some dining room chairs, very inspiring
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2009 05:52:45 PM »

Very cute!  I love the fabric.  In the initial pic, I thought that maybe you had painted onto black chairs.
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2009 05:58:37 PM »

What a lovely re-con. Great work and great budgeting on your dr set. As much as I love orange, I love your fabric choice. That is one great ugly into fabulous project.
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2009 06:05:17 PM »

They look really sharp- like something you might see on one of the designer shows. I love the fabric- very crisp and elegant!

Nice job on the painting too- you have so much more patience than I would on a project like that! Excellent job!
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2009 08:16:42 PM »

They look great! Good job.
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2009 06:07:28 AM »

This turned out so nice.....If you have seat fabric left over, use it to make a centerpiece placemat! 
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2009 06:53:34 AM »

Nice job! And they look really comfortable. My dining room chairs are also ones I got at Goodwill, gosh, now about 35 years ago, come to think of it. I've recovered them probably about 10 times. The last time was a year or so ago and the fabric I chose has NOT held up. I'm about to do it again. Did you put extra padding in? I put more in the last time I did mine, but I still think they could be a lot more comfortable. I'm not sure what to use, though. I used the same stuff I use for stuffing pillows and it just doesn't work very well. Any suggestions on what to pad with? Your chairs look great!
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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2009 06:56:01 AM »

rock on! what a great recon.  your dining set is now super fabulous!
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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2009 07:53:44 AM »

GORGEOUS set!  I love furniture recons! 
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« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2009 10:48:51 AM »

Thanks so much everyone!

manycrafter: I didn't actually put any extra padding on the chairs because there was another layer under the vinyl that I took off and I just used that. I didn't want to have to buy anything for the project! I'm not sure how good of a decision that will be in the long run, but for now its holding up great. It seems like most people either cut 1/2" foam into the shape of the chair and then cover it with batting or just use batting alone under the fabric. In case your not a quilter, batting is the stuff they put between the top and bottom of the quilt to make it warm and you can buy it by the yard most places. You can just cover the seat with that stuff and staple it down before you cover it up with fabric. Hope that helps!
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« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2009 08:48:11 PM »

I'm always in awe of furniture redos. I'm hoping to be able to do this some day.
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« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2009 07:06:01 AM »

Fantastic! I absolutely love this recon. I think this is my favorite ugly transformation. You did awesome!
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« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2009 08:49:21 AM »

Very cool!  You did a really nice job!
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« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2009 03:42:48 PM »

the is awesomely fierce!! you did a great job on making this AWESOME!! I LIKE TO FABRIC CHOICE FOR THE SEATS!!
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« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2009 09:51:48 AM »

  Great Job... I KNOW from experience that this was hard work, but well worth it! Now you need to make some Oval shaped placemats to go with it!
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« Reply #16 on: December 11, 2009 09:15:10 PM »

i really like those,  the fabric is so pretty!
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« Reply #17 on: December 18, 2009 11:57:27 AM »

What a great project. If I'd just come over & seen them I would have guessed they came from an expensive artsy boutique, not something you redid yourself. They turned out so modern yet feminine--I just love them.
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« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2009 02:34:58 PM »

flippin' awesome!
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« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2010 11:23:57 AM »

wow, those look awesome!
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« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2010 04:47:01 PM »

OoooooOooooo! They are perfect.
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