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« 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!

« 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!!

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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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