Friday, August 22, 2014

Summer Cottage Chair Makeover

Hello Cottage Friends,

I've been hearing rumblings that summer is over, but I'm not buying it. Not yet.

In fact, I'm kind of rebelling against that idea.





Case in point: my Summer Cottage Chair Makeover.

I've mentioned here at A Joyful Cottage that I gather with a group of crafty ladies at my church once a month.  





When we meet I always grab this chair because it's the most comfortable seat for me.  Lately I've been having some lower back issues, and this chair really helps me while I'm sewing.  Knowing this, my church gave it to me so I'd have a comfortable chair at home.  Very sweet, right?

The chair is very sturdy and serviceable, and with a little updating I knew it would work well in my studio.




On hand I had some ivory craft paint, and a yard of striped cotton upholstery fabric that I found at a thrift store eons ago.  




I took the chair apart, sanded the wood a bit and painted it, then stapled the new fabric onto the seat and back.  You may not be able to tell from the photos, but the paint has a whitewashed effect.




I made a panel to cover the staples on the back and add a little flair. The three buttons came from my button jar.

This makeover was completed in an afternoon.




I'm really happy with the way it turned out.  It will be nice to have a cheery pattern in my studio this winter, not to mention a comfortable chair for my back.

All I need now is to find a chair to replace this one at our church.  

Wish me luck.



I party with:
DIY Sunday Showcase
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Do Tell Tuesday
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
What's It Wednesday at Ivy & Elephants
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

The Art of Homemaking at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth


42 comments:

  1. Beautiful job Nancy! I love that fabric!!!

    Have a happy weekend xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Anne. I've always liked that fabric, I just didn't have a great way to use it until now. xxx

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  2. The chair has a new look - from dull and drab church-basement to light and bright Swedish country house. I love to see a good and useful item given a brand new life. Beautiful!

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    1. Yes, you're right. It does have a Swedish country house look. I didn't think about that when I decided to do the chair this way, but subconsciously I must have been thinking that way. I love the Swedish country look.

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  3. It's a great transformation! I like the fabric and your chair will had a little summer al year long to your studio!

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    1. Thanks, Magali. Now I'd like to make a slip cover for my red desk chair, which is in the same room. I like the blue with yellow, so I'm thinking something in a pattern I could mix with the stripe.

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  4. That is so pretty and it looks so good for summertime or anytime really. I love seeing something old given a new life.

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    1. Me, too, Betty. It gives me more pleasure to redo something than it does to buy something brand new in a retail shop.

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  5. Love the fabric, Nancy! I also love the back of the chair and those buttons! That panel is a genius idea, it adds so much to the piece. You are so creative! I hope you enjoy your new chair and good luck on your search! ;)

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    1. Thanks, Kim. This was a fun project, and I'd like to do something like it again.

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  6. What a great makeover! I love the cute buttons on the back.

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    1. Thank you, Laurel. I really didn't know what I was going to do with the back until I saw how much fabric I had to work with and realized I needed to do something about covering up the staples. The shape of the back cued me to the panel, and the buttons seemed like a good idea. I'm glad you like it.

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  7. Sweet looking chair makeover!
    I hope it will ease your sore back . . . continually!

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    1. Thank you, Lynne. Have a great week. xxx

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  8. Very well done. I love the new look. I hope you're feeling better.
    Visiting from Amaze Me Monday and looking forward to following you.

    Have a great day.
    Pam

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    1. Hi Pam, it's nice to meet you. Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself. I'm on my way to visit you now. Blessings.

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  9. Nancy,
    I appreciate you following my blog....yours is lovely!! I have valances in my family room made out of the fabric you used on the chair. I love it....so bright and cheery. Chair looks great!!

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    1. Thank you, Diane. I wish I had more of the fabric to cover my desk chair. Oh well, I'll come up with something. xxx

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  10. It really came out nice, and I love the little buttons! So nice of your church to give it to you!
    I hope you & yours have a beautiful day today.
    Hugs,
    Lin

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    1. Thank you, Lin. We have a great church group. xxx

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  11. Oh, Nancy, you are so creative, and the colors are just perfect. Inspiring.

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    1. Thank you, Dena. I like projects that I can finish quickly and that prove to be useful. I'm enjoying my new chair. Hugs.

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  12. Nice job, I especially like your creativity in hiding the staples. Love it! (visiting from Home & Garden Thursday hop)

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Texas

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    1. I appreciate your visit and the nice comment. Thank you!

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  13. Super cute Nancy! You really took it from drab to FAB! Hope your back gets feeling better. No fun having back pain. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks, Jann. My back is doing much better. :)

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  14. love the chair . . . love the fabric . . . love the makeover . . . and I am not giving in to fall decorating because it is summer for almost another month.

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    1. Aw, thanks for the compliments, and I agree. . summer doesn't end until September 21.

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  15. Hi Nancy,

    Oh my! Your summer cottage chair makeover is fabulous! It most definitely doesn't look like the same chair. I love the white with striped fabric. A total transformation! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  16. What a difference! It looks brand new now and will last for years to come. It's nice to have a chair that's easy to get up and down from. I 'sink' into some of the comfy chairs! lol Love these colors! Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thanks for the nice comment. I hope you're enjoying your weekend, too. xxx

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  17. Love the way the chair turned out...so cheery! How sweet of your church to give it to you.:)
    Cecilia

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    1. Yes, we have a very sweet church, Cecilia. Thanks for the compliments on my chair. It was a really fun project.

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  18. the transformation is perfect, I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  19. Great makeover! You really updated that chair with the fabric and paint :) Thank you for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week!

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