New Life for an Old Chair
[Editor's note: How many times have you driven by abandoned furniture and felt like pulling over and nabbing a piece or two for the sake of repurposing? Heather did just that and gave new shine to a formerly frumpy chair. Nice work! - Kathy]
Soo....I'm driving to drop off the munchkin one morning before work, and I drove past a house that had all kinds of furniture on the curb. I'm not sure it was even trash day, but it appeared to be trash, or maybe an eviction was going on--actually it kind of looked like someone got angry. There were a couple of dressers, only the drawers were all strewn about and there was a bunch of other random stuff piled on top of everything. Well in the midst of the huge pile of stuff, I spotted this guy... Complete with stains, dirt, and animal hair of some sort. I kept driving, contemplating, but after I dropped off the little peanut, I drove by again... Wonder if I can fit that in my car? Suuuuuure... So I stopped the car, swallowed my pride, and tried to stuff this baby in the trunk (in my skirt and heels). It was quite a sight, I'm sure. After getting it home, I convinced the Mr. that it had potential. It sat on the porch for several days (ok, two weeks). We didn't want to bring it inside because it was dirty and the dogs kept trying to sniff it. So yesterday I finally got around to fixing 'er up. I lightly sanded the whole thing and used spray primer. While that was drying, I worked on the cushion. I did not have to replace the foam for the cushion because it was still firm and held its shape. As far as the cleanliness factor, it was left out in a rain storm and baked in the sun to dry. I recovered it in turquoise Waverly Ellis fabric, using my brand new staple gun! I don't think I had ever staple-gunned anything before--pretty cool! The corners gave me a little bit of trouble, but I ended up using a sort of hospital corner method. I'm sure there is a better way, but I think it turned out ok. Throughout the course of the day, I sprayed several coats of bright white on the chair, followed by a high gloss. I refastened the cushion, and here is what it looks like now.