Each week, I will share an upcylce project. I will include tips, suggestions, and materials used. It is my hope you are inspired to try some of the projects featured weekly. All of my work showcased here will be at one of my sales and might just end up finding it’s way into your home.
I’d be fooling you if all of my upcycle projects went as planned. Rarely does PLAN A work the first time. Either in my life as a teacher or a junker, I am always thankful for the 26 letters in the alphabet, as I often need to employ PLAN B, PLAN C, or beyond. This dilapitated chair was no exception.
Sander & Sand Paper
Paint | Divine Color, Primrose
Foam Padding & Gorilla Tape
Staple Gun & Staples
Nail Head Spool & Hammer
Before | After
I lightly sanded the chair prior to painting.
I happened to score some clearance paint at Target. I was very happy with the results, with 2 coats of paint.
I chose to distress the edges with a sander.
PLAN A was still working at this point, even when I began to recover the chair pad.
I had some odd-shaped pieces of foam padding that I pieced together with some gorilla tape. I also had painted the wood bottom.
I have learned in my recorvering experience, it is always smart to cut WAY MORE fabric than needed. Trimming can always happen later. It becomes frustrating if you are short on fabric.
There are several recovering methods. It seems I do not have a go-to method I absolutely love. For this angled piece, I tightly stapled all of the edges and left the corners until last.
For the corners, I did tight creases while staplin, followed by trimming the excess.
This is where PLAN A came to a screeching hault. My beautifully recovered pad fit perfectly in its place but the outer edges were a disaster. Even though I like a rough look, the many nail holes simply were not going to cut it. So, onto PLAN B.
I found another chair pad (1″ thick) and cut to cover the many nail holes. I did a 1/4″ fold of the fabric to hide the raw edge and begin stapling (again)..
Although I was onto to PLAN B, I was pleased to use one of my favorite products for recovering. I love the look of vintage nail heads, but find them very tedius. My good friend, Chillon, introduced me to these fabulous little buggers. The spool includes false nail heads spaced generously between actual ones. Not only are they great time savers, but deliver an awesome finished look.
Look Who Got a Friend:
Recently, I pulled a desk from my inventory storage. Using the same process as outlined above, this desk now is the perfect “partner in crime” for the chair.