Chairs baby, Chairs mama!

Chairs baby, Chairs mama!

It’s Friday!  You’ve probably been working hard all week, haven’t you?  You poor dear.  You deserve a break.  So kick up your feet and settle into your chair, and enjoy these chair makeovers hand-selected just for you!

Let’s start with this well-loved (or badly abused, depending on how you look at it) 60’s chair from Deborah.  She sanded and oiled the wood back to a healthy shine, then whipped up a fresh new cushion and cover accented with a teensy bit of yellow.  Adorable.  Check it out on her blog Mid Century Reworkked.

This chair was also far from sitting-in-condition, unless you were some kind of adrenaline junkie who loved the thrill of never knowing when your lawn chair was going to decompose out from underneath you.  Better After reader Sarah had saved the grommet and fabric idea from a Better Homes & Garden article from 1997!  She figured it was finally time to put it to use, and got busy scrubbing it down and fixing it up.  Looks so comfy!

Better After reader Patricia scored this rocker for $2 at a rummage sale, at which point I would have been thrilled enough with life. A $2 rocker!  But she had bigger plans, plans that included a bright coat of red paint and a cushion so thick and cozy, once you get in, you’re never getting out.

How cute is this vintage high chair?  Super cute, if you can ignore that brown vinyl. Good luck with that. Amber was no fan of the brown either, so she recovered it in a simple white vinyl, which makes the so-cute-it’s-nearly-painful tray shine like the star of the show it is.  Check it out on her blog Dimples and Pigtails.

And finally, if I could express to you how much I love this last makeover, I’d probably have to break into song. Liz picked up this set of vintage chairs at a consignment shop for $175.  The vintage grime and animal damage was free of charge.  She deepened the blonde frames to match her table, then recovered the seats with a super groovy ikat fabric, keeping the nailheads intact, although it’s a bit hard to see them in this pic. Get an up close look on her blog  It’s Great To Be Home.

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  1. July 19, 2013 / 3:54 PM

    LOVE it!! Chairs are probably my favorite piece to change up

  2. July 19, 2013 / 7:16 PM

    The ikat ones are fantastic!

    I’m actually working on a chair makeover of my own today! I’ll be posting about it next week, I hope.

  3. July 19, 2013 / 8:54 PM

    These are all great! I actually have 3 mostly-demolished lawn chairs that I hate to throw away. Can you tell me what the cord is that secures the fabric with grommets to the frame? Thanks!

  4. July 20, 2013 / 2:48 AM

    I made the pink chair and I used parachute cord from Hobby Lobby. It is a cord that the teenagers around here make a sports-type braided or knotted bracelet. The original plan from Better Homes and Gardens called for macrame cord, but I don’t know if you can find that anymore.

  5. July 20, 2013 / 2:43 PM

    I own that same high chair except mine was covered in yellow vinyl. It was purchased in 1969 for my 1st child. It has gone through mine own 2 children, 3 grandchildren and now 1 great grandchild. This year I did recover the chair with orange/yellow stripe outdoor fabric. They definitely don’t make high chairs like they use to. GGC loves sitting at the table in her high up chair without the tray. Thanks for the memories.

  6. Jill Berta
    April 27, 2017 / 8:07 AM

    Could your reader, please share the instructions for covering the metal lawn chair. I have googled and googled, lol

    Thank you

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