My BFF, Acacia, is getting ready to move and since I am her resident Interior Designer (I worked in the industry for 7 years before moving to Honduras) I have been counseling her on what to buy/not buy and which items to put where in her new place… all via emial and Skype. But since I am in the US for a wedding, I decided to take a quick detour to visit her. Which really means that I got to put the finishing touches on all we had been working on. We decided she needed a vanity stool for her bedroom. Obviously a trip to Goodwill was needed, I envisioned a little vintage metal number with an upholstered seat. We went and took a look… but came up empty handed. Bummer. We perused Home Goods and Ikea. We did find this cute option from Ikea.
But it was more than we wanted to spend, plus we would also have to find a pillow (or make a pillow) for the top which would mean more money, no gracias. Plus they were totally sold. Boo.
So, we decided to go back to Goodwill this morning because I wanted to pick up a piece of furniture for myself (another post, another time) and Acacia spotted this:
This pic actually makes this little chair look WAY better than it was. I think very few would have seem it’s hidden potential. But I have taught the BFF well… she almost doesn’t need me anymore. Sniff, my little girl is growing up. Ok let’s refocus, so her bedroom is amazing, light grey, yellow, with teal accents. Trust, it’s gonna be cute. I will post pics later.
Since we know the direction of the room and in reality this is a little finishing touch project, in reality it almost completed itself – design wise. We knew we needed to change the color of the body and the seat fabric. We have antique white in the room: curtain rod, mirror frame, etc. and since this is not a statement piece (because the teal desk/dressing table this will be accompanying IS the statement piece… seriously, I will post pics of this room later) the antique white paint chose itself. Also, the fabric needed to be muted but still interesting, so the antique white background with grey vintage stamp pattern was perfect.
I love me some Krylon Spray Paint. It is such a quality product. It comes in a boat-load of colors and I love that the nozzle has a swivel that changes the spray orientation from horizontal to vertical which means you do not have to tilt the can and that makes for great even coverage. BTW Krylon does not pay me for my endorsement, though they totally should, I just love their product.
We removed the seat and painted the chair. That was the easy part.
Recovering the seat: that was more involved. So we made a little photo tut for you 🙂 Welcome!
1. Iron Fabric, lay over seat
Center your fabric with the part of the print you like
2. Cut Fabric larger than needed
3. Staple Fabric on to underside of seat
This is where a friend comes in handy. You want to flip the seat and fabric over and staple, then pull the fabric on the opposite side of the seat and staple. We dstarted on the left – my hand, then stapled the opposite side on right, Acacia’s hands. We then stapled at the top and on the opposite at the bottom. So Essentially we stapled at 9 o’clock then 3 o’clock. 12 o’clock then 6 o’clock. Opposites. Get it? If not ask that friend who is helping you, if she doesn’t get it then you both are free to make fun of my crappy tutorial writing. I am so good to you, I provide information and entertainment.
4. Keep stapling in the opposite-side pattern all the way around the seat until you have a hot mess of staples.
Your goal is that the top of the seat looks smooth, and the bottom does not. Keep checking as you staple and smooth as needed. You can always remove staples if a fold develops on the side or top. No worries.
5. Trim off excess fabric… cut about 1/2 inch from staples
Isn’t she is cute? I had to include a shot of the bestie.
Wanna see the finished product?
Let’s recap this little chair makeover. Shall we?
I am really in love with how cute it turned out. Look, I love it so much I put hearts around it. Serious serious Jr High – style love.
$6 for the chair and $9 for the supplies. $15 in total… HALF of the ikea one, and at least DOUBLE the cuteness!
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