For all those times you are disappointed because ‘just missed’ that perfect piece or missed out on a great deal . . . .
. . . . something like THIS happens and you do your happy dance!
I don’t usually buy chairs with upholstered parts due to the high cost of new padding and fabric. But at that great price, I could afford to make over this vintage chair.
This is pretty typical of what I’ve found on covered seats; someone has just re-covered the original tattered ugly fabric and and the worn out foam with new fabric and called it good. ICK!! The wood is usually fine to re-use; but if it’s in bad shape, it’s easy to use the old one as a template to cut a new one. The hardest part of making over a padded seat is removing all the staples that are holding on the old fabric!
I had this pretty brown and blue fabric in my stash and decided to use it so I could leave the chair brown, as found. I just gave the chair frame a good sanding to distress it though.
The new foam seat cushions usually run around $20.00; and I like to add a couple of layers of batting over the foam to protect the fabric and to add some extra ‘cush’. I wrap the fabric over the batting and foam cushion, use a staple gun to attach the new fabric to the wood base.
By the time I’ve added up the cost of the foam cushion, batting and fabric; I’ve got about $30.00 just in materials invested in the chair. Which is difficult to factor into the selling price if you’ve paid a lot for the chair.
I also had this little foot stool and decided to paint and cover it to match the chair.
I did NOT distress the wood base on the footstool though; because the undercoat was too dark to really show. I used a small pillow instead of a foam pad on the footstool for a really ‘OVER-stuffed’ look. I love over stuffed stools and chairs!
Both have gone to my booth at Stars.
BIG SALE AT ALL THREE STARS MALLS THIS THURSDAY – MONDAY, July 14 – 18.
As always during the sales, EVERYTHING in my booth is 50% off!!
The big 8 drawer blue dresser has already sold.
But my booth is still jam-packed with goodies!!