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MandaKR
« on: November 17, 2010 10:49:24 AM »

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We got a couple of Salvation Army chairs for our new apartment. They had super sad 70's vinyl seat covers. But now they're happy happy!

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Before:


The fabric is from Ikea - and it was only $2.99!

I took the vinyl off and discovered some gross loose fiber fill cushion gunk. I scraped it into the trash. Then I went searching the apartment for new cushions. Because I was a) too lazy to go to the store and b) too cheap to buy upholstery foam, I ended up repurposing an old blanket into new cushions. My mom gave it to me to wrap furniture for moving, but it's full of holes and pretty old. It was desperate for a new lease on life.

Here are the blanket cushions - they're just layers and layers of the pink and white blanket, with the top piece a little larger for stapling.




Next I stapled the Ikea fabric on and trimmed the excess. Then because I'm a little neurotic, I finished it off with some non-woven fabric so it's all tidy:



And ta-da, happy chairs! We still want to refinish the wood, but that will have to wait for now.

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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2010 10:53:27 AM »

very cool and much improved!
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2010 11:10:20 AM »

Oh wow!  Way to bring out the beauty by transforming junk!  I don't think I would have seen possibility at first - but wow, nice!

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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2010 08:29:29 PM »

That is great fabric. Beautiful new chairs. Good work.
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2010 10:53:26 AM »

They look great!  So bright and cheerful!  What are you planning to do with the wood?
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MandaKR
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2010 06:19:20 PM »

Thanks everyone! Once we have time, I think we're going to chemically strip the wood, then put on a Danish oil type finish. We mix our own out of polyurethane varnish, linseed oil, and mineral spirits.
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2011 06:29:11 AM »

Big improvement! I looove that fabric!
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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2012 10:51:54 AM »

love the step by step pics- thanks for posting.  very nice.
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2012 03:06:12 AM »

I love this so much! I may need new chairs soon...hmmmmm
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2012 08:08:43 AM »

So pretty!! I'm gonna have to go look around later for some chairs Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2012 09:28:56 AM »

Very pretty.  Love the IKEA fabric.
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« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2012 12:41:46 PM »

I love the result!

We reupholstered some chairs here, but chose reddish-brown fake leather, just like all the other chairs had.

But I'm starting to oogle the chair in my den and have wild thoughts about re-doing in cheery Ikea fabric.

Is the blanket comfortable for long term sitting on the chair?

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« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2012 11:36:31 PM »

I luv that fabric!!!
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« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2012 06:17:58 AM »

Motivation received, thanks!  My butt is sitting on a chair in much need of a new cushion and cover, the fabric has been purchased last year!!  Now I just need to remove my butt and recover!  Also, thanks for the idea about the cushion because that darn foam is expensive!
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