Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Love Affair.

You may remember me mentioning my fondness for chairs.
Some might call it a borderline obsession.
But for the sake of argument, let's just call it a love affair.

My dad gave me a box of chair pieces several years ago. There were the makings of four matching chairs. The backs were in tact, but the seat and legs were all in pieces.

We brought them back from England in the late 70's.

They are so old that they were previously put together with dowel.

Craig and I (mostly me) got a wild hair to put one of them together. It has just gotten to the point that we had to do something with them or toss the whole bunch. This was the third house I had personally moved the box of parts to and I know my parents had moved them that many times or more.  
So we cut some dowel pieces and started wood gluing and clamping one of them back together.

It was a bit of a puzzle but we did it.

There were bits of the old upholstery, nails and tacks on the pieces.
We pulled them all out and filled the holes in and sanded it really good.

I  love the detail of the top piece.
Isn't it pretty??
The open part in the back is supposed to be upholstered
but the chair back is curved we didn't have any
"bendy" wood. ;)

My very handy hubby cut me a seat bottom for it. I sprayed the whole thing with a gloss black. I bought
some foam at Jo Ann's using my 40% off coupon. It ended up costing about $3.50. The fabric I used for the seat was a remnant of upholstery fabric. It was around $4.

Not too bad for a make over under $10!
Now I'm excited to get the other 3 done! My plan is to paint them all black but cover the seats in similar, but different fabrics. We will use them with the table in our kitchen nook.
Fun stuff!


rachel said...

Wow! What a great makeover! I've never seen a chair with the little heart cutouts ~ so very neat! Thanks for sharing!

Makenzie said...

CUUUTTEEE mom!! I love it!!

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

It's beautiful!
You two are amazing!
I love it! You should go into business!

Geesha~from kindred primitives said...

Hey Jo-Anne did a great job putting that chair back together. I like the paint and fabric too! I know you said you had a love affair with chairs...there is a girl on my side-bar, her blog is called all things thrifty home accessories and decor she made 2 picture frames from the backs of 2 chairs sprayed painted them black and her kids pictures are inside them you should check it out...just incase you have any other chair parts just laying around!!!

Geesha~from kindred primitives said...

that post was created wednesday, april 6,2011 titled "my gallery wall after six months in the making"