November 7, 2011

✥ Reader Feature: Reupholstered Stripey Chair {& more} ✥

Can I first say, I have the raddest readers! You guys have so many ridiculously gorgeous projects, I am so excited you guys are getting to see each others' projects!
Today Barbara {from hodge:podge } has agreed to share her oh-so-fabulous chair makeover. 
I LOVE her blog and her projects, so I asked her to show you a couple extra pics for some eye candy.

Thanks for having me over at your lovely blog Becca! I am thrilled to be here! Let me introduce myself:  I am a caffeine-fueled DIY and design obsessed gal living in Canada's "wet" coast sharing my decorating adventures on my blog, hodge:podge My goal is to create a fabulous home without breaking the bank. Some projects I have tackled around the house:
DIY Diamond Tufted Headboard:
Silver Leaf Ikea Rast Hack:
Pillows Made from Free Chiang Mai Dragon memos:
But today I will show you a first for me, re-upholstering. I tackled this in the spring not knowing what "fun" I was in for! When I was out and about with a few local bloggers, I came across this fabulous chair for $50! But the ugly vinyl had to go. 
It took me forever.
Here is a quick rundown of what was involved. 
Removed the ugly vinyl that was nailed on with a gazillion 1" nails and nail heads. 
That took forever, patience was needed. 
Then removed second layer of dusty fabric that was nailed onto the frame with hand forged nails. Those took forever to remove.
Can I say that again? 

Achy hands set in. Took a break. Cursed a bit. 
Found straw stuffing under the upper part of the chair. Sneezed a bit. 
Stapled fabric onto chair. This was by trial and error. Cursed some more. 
Then nailed in 223 nail heads. 
It was too much to make a tutorial
I am happy. The chair is done. 
Want to see?

Will I ever try something like this again?
 Not sure, after all that work I don't think I would hesitate paying a professional.
It took gads of patience, persistence and it made my hands hurt, really hurt. 
my total cost might make me try again.
Chair: $50
Fabric {from Ikea}: 2 m @ $7.99m = $16
250 nail heads @ $ 0.8 ea = $20
Grand total: $86
Much cheaper than hiring a professional. 
Thanks again for having me Becca.
 Hope my two bits have helped inspire you to create something fabulous!
Later peeps,

  Barbara is so funny! I knew you guys would love her and her projects.
If she was selling her stuff, I'd be buying. :)
Just looking at her chair makes me want to add some black and white fabric into my home ASAP. 
PS. If you're in love with this fabric, like I am, it's  on final sale at Ikea.