It’s a Chair Roundup, Pardner!

It’s a Chair Roundup, Pardner!
Howdy there, ya’ll!  Knock the dust off yer boots and hunker down for a spell, because I’ve just lassoed up a herd of chair makeovers to whet your DIYin’ whistle.  Yeehaw!
Ok, I’m not sure what all that cowboy talk was about, but here we go!
Megan had searched far and wide for a chair for her nursery that fit certain criteria: it needed to be a rocker or glider, and NOT a typical big-box store item, preferably either second-hand or organic to cut down on introducing toxins into the room.  And the solution was right under her nose!  At least, if she was sitting on the roof that is, because she had forgotten all about this rocker in her attic!  Perfect. See more on her blog Green Motherhood.

Oh, my goodness, I don’t think I’ve ever seen sadder chairs. So beige. So floppy. The left one is trying to keep a brave face, the right one has given up on life completely. Jenn from Heim-Elich rescued them with ebay fabric and new legs from the ‘as-is’ section of Ikea. (Which is my very favorite spot in Ikea, after the meatball aisle).

Carlene was digging on the surprisingly decent aqua fabric this armchair was rocking, and brought it home to live at her house.  (Not without dickering $15 off the price tag first, aw yeah.)  She added a few colorful throw pillows and painted the wood white for a quick update, and now it fits right in! 

Cynthia’s ottoman looks a billion times better with the burlap upholstery and nailhead trim, although I can’t help but wonder what future anthropologists are going to think when they discover all these numbers we’ve arbitrarily painted on our furniture.  “I say! This ottoman is in remarkable condition for being over 200 years old!”  See it on her blog Simply Chic  Treasures.

You otto know that there’s another ottoman makeover coming your way.  Hannah found this one for $5 on Craigslist and was able to muscle past its suspiciously-stained and cigarette-burned fabric. She must have an iron stomach, because I would have been crouched in a corner quietly dry heaving.  She repaired the damage, right down to fixing sagging springs with a piece of MDF and a few things she had on hand.  A DIY MacGyver she is!

Nicole’s bentwood rocker was vintage, and not in a hip way.  More like, a saggy and sad because it’s super old way. She fixed it up with the equivalent of Botox for furniture: white paint! The rad bird fabric doesn’t hurt either.  It looks brand new, but like, totally old school too. So hip! Check out Ms. Green Designs for more.

This chair is so boring, it’s hurting my feelings.  But Bridgette gave it a chic changeroo with new paint and fabric, and all told, the whole thing cost around $8.  That’s ridiculously ridiculous!  You practically don’t need the job that necessitates the office that necessitates the office chair for that price!

Some rehab was needed here obviously, and Vikki from The Quirky Quail tackled the task with a distressed paint job on the frame and some amazing 50% off fabric from JoAnn’s. 
Ok, I can’t handle it. Is there some kind of like, secret room at JoAnn’s?  Where they keep all the cool fabric?  Because EVERY time I go to JoAnn’s, I end up wandering around for an hour without buying a thing.  I’ve never seen ANY fabric there that is remotely this cute, ever.  Is there some kind of skull and bones JoAnn’s club? I’ll totally join. Will you guys just please tell me where they keep the cool fabric already?

And speaking of cool fabric, cast your eyes on this beauty from Rachelle.  She was happy with the size and shape and overall comfiness of this chair, but … that funky fabric had to go.  First she cut off the skirt to show a little leg, (which is a great way to update anything.  Well, not anything…) then she went ahead and sewed a slipcover, just like that!  I know.  I didn’t think it was a slipcover either.  But I’m pretty sure we can trust her. See more on her blog Adventures in Creating.

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  1. Nicole
    May 25, 2012 / 7:40 PM

    Just found your blog a few days ago and now I am obsessed! I love all these transformations. That last one is amazing. Looks like a new chair!

  2. Anonymous
    May 25, 2012 / 8:13 PM

    Been reading your blog forever. Love the design content, but love your writing even more. You are SO talented! Seriously. No one can beat your wit, and I read everyone.

  3. May 25, 2012 / 8:41 PM

    I’m with the commenter before me… the projects you show are great, but your writing makes every post worth reading!

    happy weekend!

  4. May 25, 2012 / 9:45 PM

    I could live off of before and after pics and the last one will have me sustained for at least a week. Love it!!

  5. May 25, 2012 / 10:40 PM

    Hi Lindsey,

    To answer your Joann’s fabric conundrum, the script fabric is in the upholstery section (it might be behind a locked accordion door in your ‘hood). The coupon will give you 50% off one yard, not your entire fabric purchase, FYI, bit the good news is you can use Michaels Store coupons at Joann’s and vice versa. Vice Squad…Mod Squad..Squad Car…Cheer-leading Squad…

  6. May 25, 2012 / 10:41 PM

    *but not bit

  7. May 26, 2012 / 12:57 AM

    I love that curly wurley white rocking chair .. gorgeous! I did a similar one BUT it is not a job for the feint hearted. Seeing the finished item is what makes it all worthwhile … still love your site.

  8. May 26, 2012 / 1:39 AM

    I love all of these!

  9. May 26, 2012 / 2:03 AM

    Wow, they sure are neat, thanks for sharing them! I agree with you about JoAnn’s I can never find neat fabric either!

  10. May 26, 2012 / 3:36 AM

    Loved all these chair and ottoman makeovers! I also just wanted to say that last I knew from when I worked there and last shopped there…the 50% coupon is good off any ONE fabric…even if you buy more than one yard of that ONE fabric. It doesn’t have to be only one yard. But it can only be one fabric. I have used this discount many times, although lately that 50% has changed to 40%. Still a good bargain, though. I shop online and in store.

  11. May 26, 2012 / 1:06 PM

    Lindsey! What a feast for the eyes – it’s like walking down a buffet line of amazing desserts, the next one keeps getting sweeter! You really gave us an eyeful today. Thanks!

  12. May 26, 2012 / 4:40 PM

    Lovely chairs, indeed…
    BUT, just to torture you: That JoAnn fabric with the writing on it? I bought almost a whole roll at GOODWILL for $4.00!!!!
    Yep! I’ve only covered a lampshade with it, and am thinking about what to do next..

  13. May 28, 2012 / 1:04 PM

    Thank you for featuring my chair! I just love your blog!

  14. May 29, 2012 / 12:59 PM

    Wow, thanks for all that eye candy! Maybe you got lost in all the German on Heim-elich’s site, but check out her genius with her tall boot storage. Go to the “Tour Wohnung” tab (house tour?) and look at her “Flur” (foyer?). How is that happening? I need that!

  15. May 29, 2012 / 10:08 PM

    LOVE all these chairs!!!! I’m going to get brave!

  16. May 30, 2012 / 1:26 PM

    @ The Invisible Mo..I stand corrected re: one yard at Joann’s w/coupon! Thank you!

  17. June 28, 2012 / 10:56 PM

    Hello BetsyRo!
    I just found your comment.
    Thank you!
    “Tour Wohnung” is a tour of my last rental before I moved into the new house last year…
    “Flur” is the German word for hallway – it is pretty common over here to enter a house or appartment and be in a hallway from which you than enter all the rooms (like in my house, see floorplan at “Hausbau”)…
    I simply screwed hoks into that shelfe and used binder clips from staples that I cliped on the boots and than hung them up on (really easy to do, so I actually did it whenever I took of my boots).
    I just hope you find this comment 😉
    Greetings from Germany!

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