I often enjoy visiting a local thrift store or two, browsing the ads on Craigslist, or yard-saling for something that with a little TLC could be restored to something nice for our home.
I have a habit, well the beginning of a habit, of finding chairs that I fall in love with because of their shape and I just have to buy them. And whenever I return home with one of my finds Brian will agree that it looks neat but wonders where I will find a home for it. But I eventually do and it's fun to figure out whether to paint it or not, what type of fabric to use, etc.
So here are a couple of finds of mine from the local thrift store with their before and afters. And as with all painted surfaces, I first lightly sanded, then primed, and finally painted the chairs.
Here we have the before, two $3.29 chairs that I got for half that on 50% off day, I just really liked the structure of these chairs:
I painted the chair frames white and picked a nice geometric patterned fabric in a green similar to the green of our dining room for the seats. To reupholster the seats I had to first remove the seats (they were attached by screws on the underside) and then removed the previous fabric. Then I got out my handy staple gun, pulled the fabric tight and stapled it into place (sorry for not having more pics of the process!). I now have the finished chairs in the living room as extra seating if guests come over and they help to unite the color of the dining room with the living room a bit.
Here's a close up:
Also at the thrift store I found a chair that I just loved the lines of the back:
I found some fun fabric with the colors of the front bedroom incorporated, removed the seat, and replaced the fabric as just described .......... and VIOLA! ..... a brand new chair.
So those are my two adventures so far re-doing chairs, and I'm on the lookout for more!
(Psst ..... Don't tell Brian!)