Sunday, March 27, 2011

"A" is for Armchair

An armchair makeover.






Curious about the before shot?
This little lady just needed some love.


I scored this gem for $20.  It was in great condition, the fabric was a bit worn but otherwise almost perfect.
(This is the Fiorita chair by Thomasville, I did some research.)


The details are so pretty but we can hardly see them.



But I fixed her all up and now she's gorgeous.




Here's how I did it:

For the frame:

1. Remove upholstery and staples.  Sand wood with 120 grit.


2. Apply one coat BM buxton blue.


3. Apply one coat Behr off white.


4. Distress with 220 grit sandpaper.
5. Stain with Minwax special walnut.
6. Seal with one coat clear satin poly.


For the upholstery:

1. Using drop cloths, staple back piece in first, then filler, then front piece.


2. Glue trim on to hide staples.


3. Staple on seat piece.  (You could stop here and apply trim for a finished look but I opted to make a removable slipcover for easy washing.)


4. Make slipcover using seat as template, add pleated trim and ties.


Now she's ready for the runway!


Back details:



Front ties:


Back ties:


Cost breakdown:

chair $20
drop cloth $10 (only used 3/4)

Total = $30

I already had all the other supplies, trim fabric, staples, glue, paint.


She's so pretty and feminine now.



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68 comments:

Trisha @ The Sweet Survival said...

Gorgeous! The chair looks amazing, what a great find for $20!

Heidi said...

Wow ~ you do great work! And you make it look so easy, which it is not, unless you have a skilled hand! Now where did you find that chair for 20 bucks?
:)Heidi

Angie said...

Wow! Of all the projects I have seen since I started following your blog, this is my favorite so far. It is beautiful.

Angie
Linen & Verbena

Allison@FabRehab said...

I can't beleive yow fast you got this done! Way to go...it's beautiful!

LouLou@thelifeofloulou.blogspot.com said...

Jaime, it's gorgeous. I redid a chair almost exactly like that last year, and we love it. Your's is amazing. Here's the link to mine if you want to see it.

http://thelifeofloulou.blogspot.com/2010/09/may-just-be-my-favorite-yet.html

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

She is so gorgeous!!! I can't beleive a chair that pretty was only $30, wow! I love the ruffle detail. You are amazing! Is there anything that you can't do?

Ashley White Interior Design said...

Wow- gorgeous!!! I love the distressed look.

Restoration House said...

You did a great job Jaime! It looks awesome. Love the little slipcover.
Kim:)

A Vintage Vine said...

WOW! I can see the details on the wood...love it...Congrats,..saw your project made the DIY club top Ten!!!!! YEAH!

Pamela said...

Love your ch air!! It is just beautiful! I had found a chair similar to this a few weeks and am kicking myself for not getting it.

Inspired by you said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You did an amazing job. I really love the small ruffle along the bottom.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

She's absolutely gorgeous!! I have a similar chair that I reupholstered and this is the look I was thinking of originally- it might be getting a re-do again! lol!! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

SANDI said...

Wow! Beautiful chair. You've done a wonderful job!
sandraallen260@centurytel.net

Judy said...

So lucky...what a great find. You really did a great job on the transformation. I have been a follower for a while. I would love for you to come follow me back. Thanks.

Patti said...

Wow, you make it look so easy...but this is something I have never attempted! Your chair came out lovely!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

FAN-TAB-U-LOUS!!

lvroftiques said...

Your chair was an absolute steal! And turned out wonderfully! Great job! I also want to thank you so much for your clear instructions. I'm about to cover two chairs in a similar fashion and I really appreciate the help. Vanna

pinktoesandpowertools said...

"L" is for Love this!! Gorgeous chair!

Where do you find the time for all you do?? Compared to you, I'm a couch potato :)

m e g a n said...

So cute I love it! I need to find a chair like that to make over, they look like so much fun!

Meg

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Love the lines of this chair! The slipcover just makes it! You did a great makeover on her.
Take care!

Tabitha said...

So pretty! I love the pleat trim. The whole thing is fabulous!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

wow! that is stunning! i love the finish on the wooden features, and the slipcover is amazing!

Ticking and Toile said...

Totally perfect. Wow ~ I'm super impressed!!! :)

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

What a beautiful chair! Fabulous!

DecorandtheDog said...

This is fabulousness!!

Ashleigh@Sincerely said...

This turned out beautifully! I can't believe you scored it for $20!

The DIY Show Off said...

Jaime, you are so talented! Everything you do has gorgeous results. I love this too. Do you ever rest?! :)

Thanks for sharing in the DIY Project Parade. ;)
Roeshel

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Beautiful! I love the slipcovered seat!

Shelley said...

Great job! I love, love the pleating on the skirt, so gorgeous.

Found you on Coastal Charm :)

Shelley
www.westermanfam.blogspot.com

Jennifer said...

Very pretty! I have a craigslist chair that I'm in the process of redoing sort of like that one. I hope mine looks half as good as yours!

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Definitely a beautiful job!

Amy of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Stunning! May I send over my chairs that need to be done?

Julie said...

SUPER job. I've been looking for a chair to do a very similar makeover, so basically I'm totally jealous!

Slipcover Chic said...

I have had 2 chairs similiar to this and I have been putting off redoing them for 5 years. Thanks for the tutorial it inspired me to get busy!

Maureen said...

You did a wonderful job! The chair has such great lines and curves.

Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

Your chair is stunning! I love the finish you gave it and the pleated, ruffle trim is darling!

I am your newest follower :)

Amanda

Paulette, Jvona & Rachel said...

I found you on The Shabby Chic Cottage. Great redo. I love the slip with the white pleated ruffle. I may have to copy that. :-D
And, I think I'm becoming a follower and adding you to my Google Reader list!
-Paulette

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Ooooo. I like! :)

Brooks Interior said...

STUNNING!! Love the pleated trim!

Ann@StylishOnceAgain said...

Beautiful! I love the paint treatment and the pleated ruffle!

Katie @ EyeSpyDIY said...

Wow, what a transformation! Looks great now!

Marie said...

I am so jealous! You did a remarkable job transforming that french salon chair. Mine, not so much. I just posted about it too, but it was so hard for me to upholster the seat part especially where the seat and the arms meet. Any tips?

Happy Feathered Nest Friday!
-marie

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So glad you linked this up to the party- I love this chair and love how it turned out and yes... I am thinking my chair might soon be getting a makeover!! Thanks for sharing it at FNF! :)

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Very pretty! I love the ruffle details. And the treatment on the wood is phenomenal! Very Miss Mustard Seedish of ya! ;)

Brandy J. said...

STUNNING!

Bridget @ The Rehab Boutique said...

I love it!!! It came out beautiful!!!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I love this chair. The little ruffled slip cover is so cute. You did a great job with the paint treatment.

Erin said...

STUNNING!!!! The lines and carvings and gorgeous...and the little ruffle is so sweet! :)

mims225 said...

Terrific job on the chair. I want to reupholster a similar chair I have sitting at home. I have to invest in a fabric staple gun, any recommendations?

awal.ny said...

I love your chair. I have a pair like it but I was unsure how to do the seat, but I like your way best. The little ruffle is my favorite.

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

This looks adorable & professional.

Warmly, Michelle

Sarita said...

BEAUTIFUL! I love the look of redone chairs like that. You did a fantastic job!

Sommer said...

Oooh link this too! I LOVE THIS CHAIR. It's freaking GORGEOUS!

Bettsi said...

Wowee! She is some beauty! Great job!

Stef said...

Amazing. Absolutely amazing. And great simple instructions for us wannabe copycats. Thank you! Love it.

Theresa said...

That is absolutely beautiful! I love using drop cloths, your chair went from blah to gorgeous with a bit of utilitarian fabric and a great deal of talent! xoxo

emilysnan said...

hiya jamie , W is for wow , you did a fab job onthis chair and your tut is very detailed and helpful
tfs
xmaggiex

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures/Treasured Moments said...

You have some awesome talent. Love your chair.

Meg and Mum's said...

That's amazing! So classy and beautiful. Where on earth do you find a chair like that for $20?!! Lucky thing :)

Remodelaholic said...

This makeover is AMAZING! I love how it looks! You are seriously good!

I wonder if you would be interested in writing a special guest post on Remodelaholic about the project! Let me know, I will send you the details.

Thanks,
Cassity

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Another masterpiece! So impressed, Jaime :)

Joselyn said...

Visiting from FFF. Love how you enhanced the furniture detail using paint. Cute slipcover too!

Amanda said...

Amazing. I love, love it. Great job!

Jacqueline said...

Wow you are talented!


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Stephanie said...

Even though there are so many compliments on your beautiful chair, I had to tell you myself how I adore it. It is so striking and well made. I am having a chair done like this for a friend, and I hope they do as good of a job as you did!

Pretty Unique Furniture said...

wow you did a fantastic job - it is really beautiful and finished perfectly :)
Tina

Jeannie said...

what a great job. where do you buy your drop cloths? yours look less "slubby " then the ones i have found. also, your welting looks single, hlw did you finish it off so there were no seams showing?

Jamie Glenn said...

You make it look so easy! I LOVE how this turned out. It will definitely make me look twice next time I see a chair like this at a yard sale!

Btw, Great name :)