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Reupholstering a Mid-Century Chair from Craigslist

chair makeover
I’m a Craigslist newbie. Never sold anything on Craigslist, never bought anything on Craigslist, was actually kind of scared of Craigslist until recently. I’m not here to say that you should or shouldn’t be afraid of Craigslist… (that’s up to you), but I am here to tell you about my positive experience on this virtual marketplace.
I turned to Craigslist recently because I just couldn’t seem to find a chair that I loved for our new office. Usually if I can’t find an item that I love in stores, I turn to local thrift shops, and eventually garage sales and estate sales. Unfortunately during the Chicago winter, garage sales and estate sales are not really an option. What’s a girl to do?!
My answer: she should introduce herself to Craig and his fabulously resourceful List. Enter Craigslist. After a little searching in my area, I found this $20 mid-century chair and immediately contacted the seller. After a few friendly email exchanges… the chair was mine! With a carload of trusted family members (for back-up of course), I drove to a local suburb to pick this bad boy up. Here’s what the chair looked like when I got it home…
Less than desirable, but oozing with potential. I had to really enforce the “oozing with potential” to my pick-up squad; they weren’t as sold on that part as they were on the “less than desirable” part.
My plan was to clean up the wood & reupholster the fabric. I liked the neutral look that the chair already had going on, plus I had some other “loud” design elements in mind for the office, so I wasn’t sure that a loud fabric would compliment my plan. I decided to stick with the cream look and bought some reupholstering fabric from JoAnn for $6 on sale (of course). I also bought a layer of cushion to apply under the fabric for a little extra padding.
Before I could add those clean layers I had to rip off the old fabric, which was more like old wall paper? Now that I think back, I probably could have just adding my padding and fabric on top of the existing stuff, but I wanted to start fresh, which I am still feeling mixed about.
When I ripped off that layer of grossness, I found even MORE grossness. I’m not even sure what this next layer of “stuff” is, and to be honest, I’d rather not put too much thought into it. I closed my eyes and scraped the excess “stuff” off of the wooden base. I used this reupholstering tutorial to re-cover the seat after it was clean. With a layer of padding, some reupholstering fabric, and a staple gun, the whole cushion took about 30 minutes or less.
Next up: cleaning up the wood. This was the easy part actually. I sprayed a little Pledge all over the chair and wiped it off. That’s really all this seat needed because the wood was in pretty awesome shape, other than needing a good clean/shine.
It was already looking better! For the dramatic reveal, I reattached the new cushion and ta-daaaaaaaa:
A gorgeous mid-century chair on a rookie budget! For less than $30, I had a new desk chair with a lot of personality!!
What a difference a little TLC makes…

The subtle stripes on the cushion help give the plain-Jane, or should I say JoAnn, fabric a bit of a personality. Plus, it’s no secret that I just can’t resist a nice stripe.

I had no doubt in my mind that a little elbow grease and some sweet talking could make this wood shine again and bring this Craigslist treasure back to its glory days!
Since there is not a desk in the office just yet (soon, hopefully!), the chair currently doesn’t have much of a home. Once we commit to a desk idea and make it happen, this chair will hopefully be a part of the equation. For now, it looks pretty darn adorable in our office and adds a little more mid-century charm to this space.
I know I won’t be doing all of my shopping on Craigslist in the near future, but I am definitely adding it to my list & checking it twice. You heard it here first people: I have officially jumped on the Craigslist bandwagon! Hopefully it can find this lonely chair a partner-in-crime… #deskdreams
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Jan’s New Kitchen Stools

Stool-at-breakfast-bar

Remember back when I was “paying rent” with DIY projects for my mom? Well here is one final project that I never showed you guys.

On a flea market trip back in August we spotted 2 wooden kitchen stools for $4 a piece. My mom was in some serious need of some kitchen seating, so we scooped those bad boys up and happily handed over our $8.  2 months later and the chairs were still sitting in the garage. #oops

After hemming and hawing over what to do with them, we (finally) came up with a gameplan. Find a fabulous fabric for the seats and freshen up the stool with new paint. Boom, we could do this in a weekend!

Online Fabric Store

I ordered the above fabric from Online Fabric Store to go with the soft green tones in my mom’s kitchen. I sometimes get nervous ordering fabric online, because you never really know what it may look like when it arrives. Luckily, Online Fabric Store never disappoints.

Mail package

A few yards of this gorgeous green were shipped directly to my mom’s house, and we had no choice but to get this project underway. No more procrastinating…

The wood chairs were not in the best shape, so we sanded them until the wood was smooth and even. Then we primed and painted them a pretty off-white color.

yuck reupholster me please

Next, the main attraction…those seat cushions! They were pretty grizzly and I was so ready to cover them up with this gorgeous fabric.

Cutting fabric

We reupholstered the 2 seat cushions following the same tutorial from my nailhead bench project. Measure, cut, and staple. Newbies don’t be intimidated, you can totally do it.

Pinning fabric

Rookie Tip: If your fabric has a pattern and you want it to stay in a certain position, we recommend using small sewing pins to secure the fabric. That way when you pull the fabric tightly on the back to secure with a staple, you don’t move the pattern off-center. The small sewing pins will keep your pattern in place, so your seats match and line up.

Stapling fabric onto seat cushion

Dozens of staples later, and our cushions were good to go.

Reupholstered kitchen stool
green and white fabric

We reattached the cushions with the original hardware (make sure you hold onto all of those little screws) and all the sudden Janimal was ready for a breakfast party in her kitchen.

breakfast bar stool

Doesn’t it look nice?

Reupholstered stool
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What do you think of that fun fabric??
 
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    Ramo,

    We just used a paint brush for the small nooks and hard to reach places. And then used a small roller for the larger areas. I definitely recommend sanding first, then priming, and then do at least 2 coats of paint.

    Hope this helps!
    Casey

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    Ramo,

    We just used a paint brush for the small nooks and hard to reach places. And then used a small roller for the larger areas. I definitely recommend sanding first, then priming, and then do at least 2 coats of paint.

    Hope this helps!
    Casey

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