Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Don't Doubt Me!

When we go to Hub's Place, we inevitably split up at some point because there are three floors in the barn and we are both drawn to so many different junky treasures.   When we meet back up, we usually have a few selected items that we share with each other that we're interested in buying.  Last weekend,  I spotted an old chair and I had a vision of it painted white with blue material on it for the spare room re-design.  I was so excited I could hardly stand it.

When I met back up with Jason and Imani with my chair in hand, they both looked at it in disgust.  "Ew Mom, you are NOT getting that, are you?"  Imani asked.

I explained my vision but they apparently didn't see what I saw.  They saw the chair that sat before them.  I saw a beautiful white chair with a soft blue seat.

Jason tried to talk me out of it.  "It looks kind of rickety," he suggested. It was clear he thought $5 was too much for this piece of junk.

"I'm getting it.  Trust me," I said without question.

Unfortunately you can't see the chair in all of its former ugliness because my limited computer skills caused me to somehow inadvertently delete it.

I do however, have the picture of me unscrewing the seat to begin the refinishing.  You can see from the photo that the chair was pretty ugly. 




After I removed the seat, I primed the chair with spray paint primer.  Then, I put on two coats of white spray paint.  I gently sanded the outer edges of the chair to give it a softly worn look.

Finally, I reupholstered the seat, stapled the fabric to the back and screwed the seat back on the chair.  This was the first chair I have ever refinished and, although it's not perfect, I am very happy with the results.





It even folds up!




I was at the hair salon tonight when I received this text message from Jason:

"i am really proud of your chair.  you made it look beautiful.  sorry i doubted it at hub's."

I LOVE when I'm right.


I'm linking up with A Soft Place to Land's DIY Day., The Thrifty Home's Penny Pinching Party, Domestically Speaking's Power of Paint Party, Faded Charm's White Wednesday, Blue Cricket Design's Show and Tell, Whatever Goes Wednesday, Frugalicious Friday, Furniture Feature Friday, I'm a Creative Cat

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33 comments:

  1. thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment! it sure made my day:)

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  2. Holy cow that looks amazing!! I love white furniture!!

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  3. Gorgeous! And I would totally use that for my scrapbooking table. Adorable! Love everything about it, including the fabric. I wish I had the "vision" to do that kind of thing!

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  4. Stephanie - from ugly duckling to swan! Your chair is gorgeous. I love the fabric. Do you mind sharing where you found it? Such a yummy blue color!

    Paula

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  5. Paula - I got the fabric at JoAnne's Fabric. I didn't want to spend a lot since it was my first project! I think it was 9.99 per yard.

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  6. Mom is always right...when will they get it?

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  7. WOW! It is absolutely beautiful! You did a wonderful job on it!

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  8. Lovely redo! And what a plus that it folds up.

    Come by my blog and win Rachael Ray bake ware.
    Thanks!
    Sherry
    www.thecharmofhome.blogspot.com

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  9. Your chair turned out great! It got even better when you showed that it folded up... how cool is that! I can relate to the don't doubt me title! Theresa

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  10. Beautiful!!! I have five chairs similar to yours, I was told that they were vintage card table chairs...loved that!!! Hope you do too!

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  11. Great makeover on the chair! I love that it folds.
    The text message though is priceless:-) Bella

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  12. What a cute little chair, you did a great job!

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  13. Bee-You-tee-Full! great job! I invite you to drop in over at my place one day this week. until later...

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  14. What a darling little chair, they just don't always have the vision we do!!!

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  15. Ooops, I posted twice! My connection is wonky today so I didn't realize the first one had gone thru...well, now I've posted 3 times lol:)

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  16. How wonderful. I love when we prove them wrong.

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  18. OOPs, typo. I meant to say so fresh and springy!

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  19. Great redo, Stephanie! The fabric is so cheery, reminds me of a sunny day at the beach! Love that it folds up too! Great find!

    Cheers!
    Tina

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  20. very cool chair... i love that it folds up! And it makes it extra special that you showed your hubby who is right! ; )

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  21. Great job... I would have thought you were a pro, not a 1st time chair rehabber. Thanks for sharing at the POPP.

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  22. Great job on the chair. You truly had a vision for it that came true beautifully. Hope you will have time to come take our tour of the Architectural Digest Home Design show. -- Jane F.

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  23. Your chair is truly beautiful, I love that it folds and hangs. Hope they never doubt you again!

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  24. Good for you for seeing beyond the ugly! I think it looks very fresh!

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  25. What a great job on the chair! I like that it folds up!
    Debbie

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  26. your chair turned out great! and what a sweet message from your husband. My husband rolls his eyes at me sometimes when I bring something new home, but usually he ends up liking everything!

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  27. You did a great job! What flaws? I am constantly fighting with my family about vision on pieces or rooms I am doing...in the end they get it...and they can't believe it. Keep on going!

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  28. You did a BEAUTIFUL job!! I've got a big re-upholstery/chair makeover i'm working on right now! Found you through shabby chic cottage and new friend friday...so happy! I hope you don't mind, but I do a feature of my favorite projects on Saturday...can I include your chair?? I'll link back here so they can come check out your blog! Good job and nice to meet you! -shaunna :)

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  29. Ok, I featured you on my blog! Head on over to check it out!

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  30. svinch@twcny.rr.comMarch 22, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Ahhh you found my aunt's card table chair! I love that chair!I love the fabric you chose to redecorate it.My aunt used to fold these chairs away until card night or when extra company came to visit then out came the chairs.
    Thanks for the memories!

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  31. Gaahhhh!! I love it.. Blue and white together tug at my heart strings. Too cute!!!

    XOXO,
    Andy
    Poppies at Play

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  32. What a cool chair! It was a total surprise that it folded up.

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