Friday, June 7, 2013

A Chair, Burlap and Lace

  Tis’ the season for yard sales and I’m hitting the jack pot for lots of new treasures.  The chair below is just one of many thrifty purchases that I was lucky enough to find over the last few weeks.    

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This chair was in excellent condition, other than a few stains on the upholstery.   There was not a wobbly part nor was there a scratch on it.  

First, before I tell you how I transformed this chair, I want to show you what it looks like now. 

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My first thought was to paint the whole chair and reupholster it.  Because the wood frame was in excellent condition, I decided not to paint the frame nor reupholster it.  I did however, paint the fabric on the chair and made a burlap slip cover for it.   

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I painted the upholstery with a satin white latex finish.  Before I painted it, I diluted the paint with a fabric medium.   When using latex paint for your upholstery, it is important to use a fabric or textile medium.  I diluted the paint using the fabric medium (1 part to 1 part).  I purchased my fabric medium at Amazon because I couldn’t find it in any retail store.

I can’t believe that I actually made the burlap slip covers!  Trust me when I say that I am no seamstress but I can honestly say that I think they turned out really nice.  It was trial and error making them.  I even got creative and made a pillow for the chair. 

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I have taken this chair to my booth and I have to say that I really had a hard time letting it go.   But on the other hand I hope to make some money on it. 

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Up next, I’ll share with you what I did with a pair of these chairs that I bought at the same yard sale!

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As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Gail

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28 comments:

  1. You did a fabulous job on this chair! And the burlap slipcover and pillow are precious! I'm sure they will be sold in no time!

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  2. Great transformation, Gail! I'm sure it saved you some time {and money} that the chair wood was in good condition and you didn't have to paint it. Love the other chair you found and I'm looking forward to seeing what you did with it. I found one today with a similar seat although this one was intact. I have seen them with holes though but have no idea how to fix those seats, so I usually pass them by. If I had a garden here, I'd plant them up!

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  3. You are my inspiration!! We had that same chair when I was young!
    Fabulous!!

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  4. Gail- That turned out really, really great. I love the slipcover. You did a really good job on it- especially if you don't sew a lot!!! Good job and I'm betting it sells fast! xo Diana

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  5. Amazing job on the chair! I love the slip cover!

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  6. Great transformation...love the slip cover!!
    ~Cindy

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  7. I love the chair Gail!!! The slip is gorgeous.

    Kathy

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  8. Gorgeous...LOVE it!!
    happy weekend, Mariaelena

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  9. Just gorgeous!! Great job :)
    Susan

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  10. Love how your chair turned out.. I am curious about the painted fabric. How well does that hold up to normal wear & tear of use? Does the fabric get stiff or weird?

    Thanks.

    Love your blog.
    Jacqueline

    jleibfried@aol.com

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  11. Easy to see why you had trouble letting that one go! It should sell quickly! Can't wait to see what you do with the other chairs!

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  12. Beautiful transformation Gail! Love the mix of burlap and ruffles <3
    xx
    Anne

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  13. As usual looks Wonderful. Did you wash the burlap before sewing into a slip cover, so it doesn't shed on clothing? Just curious if the burlap shrinked any and if it washes the lint away. Thanks, just love yor blog.

    Connie

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  14. Gail this is absolutely adorable! I love the burlap slipcover and the sweet little ties and ruffle. Also, thanks for the tip on the fabric medium. I've painted upholstery before and sometimes it crackles. Great tip!

    I know it will sell fast so might as well tell it goodbye!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  15. Not to mention the matching pillow is pretty cute.

    Bliss

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  16. Not fair! After reading about and seeing your great project I was ready to see what you did with the next chair, but you just left a teaser. Can't wait to see what you do.

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  17. Lovely chair Gail! It turned out beautifully with your slip cover! Can't wait to see what you do with the other chairs! Hugs, Leena

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  18. I love the loose slip in tow tone. You do best projects.

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  19. You most certainly did hit the jackpot, Gail! I love what you've done to the chair ... the fabric is perfect, and I want that pillow!!

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  20. Gail! That turned out so, so pretty!! I'm going to try my hand a painting a velvet chair I bought. I've got the fabric medium, I just need the time now. This is so gorgeous, it really encourages me to get to mine!!

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  21. I love that you painted the upholstery. I'm itching to find a project like this just to see if it can be done. Obviously it can, because you did a wonderful job on this chair. Great slipcovering too. You underestimate yourself in the sewing department.

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  22. What a great makeover! I love that slipcover you made!

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  23. You have done it again, Gail -- it's fantastic! Your chair is my Decor Feature for this week's Creative HomeAcre Hop! Thanks so much for sharing it :)
    xoxo, Andrea

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  24. Fantastic makeover!

    Thank so much for sharing at The Creative HomeAcre Hop. Looking forward to seeing what you share this week.
    http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com/2013/06/welcome-to-another-creative-homeacre-hop.html

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  25. You did a great job on the slipcover, girl! It was nice but now it's even nicer. I love those old chairs.

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  26. Wow, Gail, what a transformation! Love the burlap with the ruffle and the darling pillow! Thank you for sharing. May I ask you a question? I am going to paint two wingback chairs for my living room and wondered if you could suggest about how much fabric medium I will need?

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