So, it has been almost a week since my last post, which is ridiculous and hopefully not going to happen again:)
But in all fairness, this has been a huge project weekend for Mike and I. Not only did I have small things around the house that I wanted desperately to finish up...but we also put on a new roof, regraded our back yard, and prepped for our concrete patio that we will be pouring later this week!
As of Saturday morning our backyard looked like this:
As you can see, it was kinda an "all hands on deck" weekend, so I spent very little time inside, much less on my computer:)
I will post more details about our exterior house projects later this week as we wrap up our patio...
In the meantime, I wanted to write about a little chair remodel that I was able to finish over the weekend, despite the chaos:)
These great little unpainted chairs were my Grandma's for many years. She had bought them when my sister and I were little so that we could sit at her high sewing table and work on crafts together. I have so many fond memories of "secretly" working on projects with my sister and my grandma to give to my mom for Christmas, Valentine's Day , and Mother's Day each year:)
When my Grandma moved into an assisted living home two years ago, she gave me so many of the goodies that she had in her sewing room, so that I could jumpstart my own craft/sewing room in our home. These chairs were part of the many treasures she passed along to me.
As I have been slowly transforming my craft room, some of which I blogged about here... I finally decided what I would do with my chairs to make them fit better with the style of the room.
First, I had mike cut about 5-6" off of each leg, so that when I sat at the sewing table, my legs weren't squished underneath (apparently they aren't quite as scrawny as they were at age 8;)
Then I unscrewed the seat part from the chair frame, and went to work on upholstering them.
I purchased a roll of batting and 1" foam from the craft store and cut the foam to the exact size of the seat.
I then cut a square piece of batting (doubled-up for strength), making sure it was about 4" larger than my seat on all sides.
Then I flipped it all over to the backside and went to work stapling the batting to the seat. I started with all the corners first, being sure to check the other side periodically to see if the batting was laying flat and not being pulled too taut. Then I worked my way around the perimeter, pulling it snugly as I went.
After cutting off all the excess batting and flipping it over, it had really begun to take shape!
The next step was to add my fabric covering. I chose to use drop-cloth canvas that I had purchased from Lowe's for super-cheap. I love the look of it, and because it is made for a utilitarian purpose, not for aesthetic purposes, it has dozens of small imperfections and discolorations that make it rustic and unique.
I forgot to take step by step pictures of the stapling process the second time around (because I was getting so excited about the end result:) but it was basically the same process as the batting. Here is the underside once the stapling was finished:
Once complete, they were even better than I hoped for...
Then they sat this way for about two weeks, waiting for their chair frames to get their makeover.
I finally got my act together and painted the chair frames this weekend. I sanded them first, and attempted to spray paint them, but it quickly became apparent that it would take about 6 coats of spray paint to get the desired look, since the wood absorbed the color almost instantly...
so I opted to use this instead...
Since it was a paint and primer in one, it covered nicely with two coats, and left my little chairs looking like this:
Once I re-attached my seat cushions, they looked amazing!
I just love them and cannot wait to show Grandma the next time she comes to visit:)
Here is another look at the before and after transformation:
I love the casual, beachy look that they have as well as the durability of the cushions, thanks to the drop-cloth canvas...
...and they fit perfectly into the ultimate plan that I have for the craft room, which I am so excited about!
What about you?
Have you ever used drop-cloth canvas for a project, and loved the result?
I would love to hear about it:)
P.S. I link up to "Before and After Party" over at Thrifty Decor Chick...check it out for more great project ideas!