Something From Nothing and a little bit of Everything!

The art of turning "good junk" into "great design"

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
William Morris, Hopes and Fears for Art (1882)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A great little Chair

This chair was a freebie.  Gotta love something for nothing. I had it for quite a while and it sat in the basement waiting to be transformed.  The problem was I didn't know where I wanted to put it or whether or not to paint the wood.
 Step 1.  I found these pillow shams at Ikea that had the exact colours of our bedroom, and I thought that I would be able to make them work as the covering for the chair.  However once I really got serious about this project I realized that although the piece would work for the back, the seat was going to have to be seamed, and I wasn't sure that I wanted to go to all that effort and then not like the results.  So back to the drawing board.
  I went to Lowes and bought a "sampler" pot of paint.  Just the right amount and couldn't beat the price at just over $4 and decided to paint and antique the chair with my new favourite product, furniture wax.  I had a huge piece of muslin in my fabric stash, purchased some decorative trim and in an afternoon I had the chair torn apart and recovered.  Unfortunately no photos, but it really was simple.  A good staple gun is the key to a successful upholstery job.

A little sandpaper to "age" it a little, and done.  And those Ikea pillows shams, well, I actually used them as they were meant to be used, and they make great throw pillows on the bed.

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