My first project of the day, started two weeks ago, was to complete a chair re-do. I bought this chair at Good Will for $3:
It was only $3 because the joints on one side were terrible.
To start the chair redo, I had to unscrew the seat so that I could see the problem (and so I could recover the stained mess).
Although all the corner pieces look the same, with old chairs things are usually just slightly off and so labeling makes the "let's put it all back together" stage a bit easier.
After taking the chair apart I decided to do the easy part first. I bought a foam cushion at Joann's using a coupon, which made the cushion under $4. The material I already had leftover from a project for a grandmother -- it's not my style or my favorite, but I wanted to make the chair work for under $10. I put the seat on the cushion & cut off the excess, and then I stretched the fabric tight and stapled it to the wooden seat.
Then came the tricky part. Honey had to show me how to remove the old, broken pegs, which sometimes involved drilling them out of the original hole.
|What a mess!|
Time to spray paint! I chose a bright blue and bright green to match the material on the seat cover. The green was a Rust-Oleum and the blue a Valspar, so this was a good time to compare brands. I felt that Valspar had better coverage and a more comfortable nozzle, so Lowe's will now have my spray-painting business (sorry, Home Depot).
I finished the last touch-ups today and reattached the seat, so now it's finally done. Yay!
As I waited for the paint to dry, I worked on finishing another project. I have an antique lamp that has a good structure, but it looked dilapidated, so it didn't really match anyplace in our house. (I had it hiding in the downstairs bathroom that few people ever use.) It's lampshade had also seen better days and although I'm sure it was gorgeous when new, it was now ripped and fading.
I tried taking the lamp apart and that proved difficult, so I ended up disconnecting as much as I could and then carefully spraying each piece.
My last project of the day involved a Good Will find from yesterday. I've had my eye out for an ugly lamp base with potential for a while, ever since I saw what Brandi at Don't Disturb This Groove did with her lamp. (Her lamp is amazingly beautiful! One of these days I'll be brave enough to recover a lampshade.) Most of the lamps at Good Will have been too expensive, but yesterday I lucked out and found this horrifically ugly thing for $5!!
|It may be ugly now, but look at the detail!|
I have been looking for lamps and end/coffee tables for our downstairs family room (aka, "The Bar") ever since we updated that room and I haven't found things that I like -- or the things that I like are so ridiculously expensive that it doesn't matter. This lamp was the perfect price, as long as it would turn out well. I bought a blue to match the antique rugs that my grandfather brought back from China decades ago now hanging on my wall. I added a plain white lampshade that I bought on clearance at Target for $3.24. Total cost for a new lamp: $8.24.
|Now the detail looks awesome!|
I think it works in The Bar!
And now the "new" chair is sitting next to it, too...just until I can find a good place to put it.
Three projects in a day? Nice. All involved spray paint -- so fun!
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