National Day of Chair

National Day of Chair

It’s National Give A Chair A Makeover Day, did you know that?  Just kidding, that day doesn’t exist. YET.  But don’t you think it should?  I mean, there’s already a National Lumpy Rug Day (May 3), and National Trail Mix Day (Aug 23), and a National Felt Hat Day (Sept 15).  Those are actually REAL.

I think National Give A Chair A Makeover Day would definitely be the least stupid National Day on the list.  We should start a petition.  Someone get on that …

And hark!  Here are some made-over chairs now!

You must look closely at this first one from Kristen at Twenty Paper Links.  At first glance, nothing drastic seems to has been done.  A second look reveals its total de-grandma-fication!

Better After reader Sarah and her mom took the lumps and bumps out of this chair that someone had previously upholstered with the holiday tablecloth of some forgotten and depressing holiday.  National Plan Your Epitaph Day, perhaps? (Nov. 1. Dang, just missed it!) Now it’s rocking some classic and classy houndstooth.  Never goes out of style.

Shanna at Restoration Redoux rescued this rocker from a yard sale and brought it to life with a vibrant turquoise paint job.  I was wondering if a rocking chair with no arms had a specific name, so I googled it, and turns out it does!  It’s called, get ready: an armless rocker.  Yeah.  Someone failed in the cool name department there.

I love this one from Elizabeth at The Little Black Door too.  I like how the wild fabric just peeks through rather than punching you in the face.  Looks so cool against the dresser and accessories.

Quick tip!  If you like her little piece of coral, but can’t afford the real deal, here’s what you do: March yourself down to the pet fish section of your local Walmart and grab one of those big hot pink fake coral aquarium accessories. Then march over to the spray paint department and wait 20 minutes for an employee to wander by and open the case for you (if you live in Arizona, where you have to deal with such injustices, that is), then go home and paint that thing white, and wham!  You now have some cool coral decor too!

And finally, a simple but stunning makeover from Jamie at C.R.A.F.T. who gave this tired old chair a quick boost of color and and some fresh fabric and it’s suddenly hipper than anything I own.

So what do you think?  We really should make National Give A Chair A Makeover Day happen, because guess what today really is?  National Bouillabaisse Day.  Yeah.  So … enjoy that.  Try to party responsibly.

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  1. December 14, 2012 / 2:53 PM

    National Bouillabaisse Day? Break out the ladles ladies 🙂

    Love that “armless rocker”…really that’s all they could come up with?

  2. December 14, 2012 / 3:40 PM

    In the midwest where I grew up, armless rockers were often referred to as ‘ladies’ rockers’ or ‘sewing rockers’. Presumably because they tend to be small and there are no arms to get in your way while moving your arms to knit or stitch.

    Kinda makes sense, huh?

  3. December 14, 2012 / 4:32 PM

    I love the houndstooth chair and the last 2 chairs, but am I the only one who is totally over the whole distressing trend?

  4. Anonymous
    December 14, 2012 / 4:53 PM

    I’m all for National Makeover a Chair….Weekend. I’m currently working on a rounded wingback chair that belonged to my grandfather. 197 decorative upholstery tacks and 5 bajillion staples. And that’s just to take the god-awful mauve polished cotton OFF! It’s hideous.

    But…there is NO WAY I could get this done in a day. It has taken me about 13 hours already and I’m not even to the stage of putting the glorious new fabric on!

  5. December 14, 2012 / 7:56 PM

    I was over it in the 90’s (even as an 8 y/o i didn’t like it). How is it still a thing?

  6. December 14, 2012 / 7:57 PM

    I was over it in the 90’s (even as an 8 y/o i didn’t like it). How is it still a thing?

  7. December 14, 2012 / 10:39 PM

    I agree with “Anonymous”.. I’m redoing a chair and due to the weather here in St Louis, it’s taken me weeks to get halfway done. I’ll be sure to share it with y’all when it’s done.. It’s my first ever furniture redo!!

  8. December 15, 2012 / 4:07 AM

    Thank you for always making me laugh! And for providing such inspiring pictures… love looking at your blog!

    And maybe we should start a National You-don’t-have-to-wait-20-minutes-for-help-at-the-paint-counter-at-Walmart Day!!! I’d be celebrating! (I’m in Tucson!)

  9. Anonymous
    December 15, 2012 / 2:23 PM

    Sarah’s houndstooth chair turned out better than I imagined!! Picked up another chair at Goodwill this week…can’t wait to finish and share…but the other posters are right…not sure I will ever get past the “staple stage!”
    All the chairs are beautiful!!!

  10. December 15, 2012 / 10:53 PM

    Thanks for the link love!

  11. June 20, 2013 / 8:00 PM

    I really love all of your projects!!! They are so beautiful…. I want to try it too, but I do not know how to remove the varnish of the wood carvings. They are so small and using sand paper will ruin the shape of it. Any advice? Thank you.

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