Join me and my talented blogger friends as we all relove a thrifted item purchased for $30 or less!! I found a sweet caned back chair I could not leave the thrift store without...and gave it some new, updated life.
I think I have shared with you all, we are a family of five. I feel we are quite blessed with the warm and cozy home we have. It is at just under 1,500sq ft., and Adam and I have worked hard to carve out livable spaces for everyone as well as making our home feel cozy and warm. But at just under 1,500sq. ft. there is not a lot of extra room to house my chair fetish. TMI? Am I the only one who sees a sweet chair at a thrift store and cannot say no?
Well, if I am so be it. Enter exhibit A:
What’s not to love??!!! At just $19.99 and having a 30% off coupon, who was I to say “no”?? She was in good condition, besides the stinky, valour fabric, I had to bring her home!
Adam came home that night and was shall we say curious as to what I had in mind for my sweet chair, but I was confident she was capable of a new life away from the stinky smells of forgotten Christmas wreaths, and old computer monitors.
The next day I was able to wrangle the ugly back cushion off, revealing a cane back in excellent condition!
I headed to the fabric store next with my two year old helper Cora, thinking I wanted to add a bit of a ‘pop’ to our family room where I had envisioned setting the new chair. I also picked up some of my favorite spray paint from @truevalue in black flat. Their spray paint at $3.99 a can goes on super smooth and with the matte finish, hides a world of flaws often found in an older thrifted piece.
I gotten pretty adept at removing cushions from chairs, just a few twists of your screw driver, and a staple gun handy, you’re ready for an updated look!
I painted the chair, I recovered it, and set her proudly in the corner of our family room. Adam could not believe the transformation. Only problem, I decided I did not want THAT much of a “pop’ in our family room….back to the drawing board, and back to the fabric store. This time without my two year old ‘helper’ so I could freely roam and decide absolutely what look I was going for!
I actually opted for a more neutral look, and this fabric had a bit of pull to it, so I knew upholstering this go around would be easier.
I actually just attached the new fabric to the old, and it added even more of a cushion to the otherwise sagging fabric. I used upholstery tacks to attach the fabric to the arms, and I like what a finished look it gave.
Usually my staple gun and I do not get along, this day was no exception. A quick trip to the fabric store (my 100th quick trip for this project…ugh!) and I bought a large package of these upholstery tacks. They held the fabric in place well, were easier to apply upside down and they added a cool aesthetic.
The covered cushion turned out nicely and I like the feel of the fabric.
I decided not to attach a permanent cushion to the back and instead use a couple pillows I can swap out for different looks and seasons.
I love the look of the chair now, I always did love it, but now it is not smelly and does not look like it is stuck in the sixties.
I realize it is only a matter of time until I find another chair to feed my addiction, and at this rate we will need to move to a bigger house to store my chairs, but alas I’ve yet to find a chair I cannot find a spot for!
Be sure to check out my talented friend’s relived thrifted finds too! You can find all of them on Instagram too, and see more of their decorating magic!