Thursday, January 24, 2013

Chair Makeover Reveal

Before I begin this post, let me say thank you to those of you who sent me well wishes though comments and emails. I appreciate your kind words! I think I am better now, and my little girl is getting better as well. It started from one of my boys, well, three down out of five and I hope it stops now... (Knock on wood). Everybody stay healthy ;)

I am so excited to reveal this chair makeover to you today... I found this chair at a thrift store a while ago. I didn't like the colors on the chair, but it had great structure. When I was inspecting it, I found a sticker with the engraving "Ethan Allen". (When I got home I googled it and found out that same type of chair cost about $400 to $500) Wow, there was an invisible red light flashing above my head, I had to get it! It was marked $9.99, but I had 20% off coupon. That's right, a coupon for a thrift store! This thrift store gives you coupons when you donate a bag of items; isn't it great? Anyways, I purchased the chair for about $8.00!

Here is the before photo...

Now the after... (I LOVE IT!!... Squealing with delight!)

I really wanted to create a unique, one of a kind chair for myself. After much back and forth, I decided what to do.

I painted the chair with "Reflecting Pool" from BEHR. It might look like white at first glance, but it is actually, blue-ish gray. I wanted to do something different than my normal white. To re-upholster the cushion and to create the new pillow for the back, I basically pieced my favorite fabrics from Amy Butler’s collections and hand quilted them.

I decided to pay attention to detail by adding piping and fabric covered buttons.

The top portion has ties on the four corners.

As I mentioned I just love the beautiful curves this chair has.

The colors on the pom-pom pillow I whipped up a while ago, actually goes with the chair!

I hope my excitement shows through from the loads of pictures and my writing. There are a couple things that I would have done differently, but I still really love the result. It's still freezing cold outside, but I feel like early spring has arrived just around this chair in my house. :)

37 comments:

  1. Wow that is stunning! It would have taken me months to complete!

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  2. Oh wow!! With the repainting of the chair it just makes those colors pop! I imagine most would feel cheery just being in the room with the chair! Beautiful makeover!

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  3. That chair is Beautiful. You did an amazing job. Had never thought of quilting fabric to use to cover furniture. Great idea. Thank you

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  4. WOW! What a steal - Ethan Allen! I will say $500 chair looks like a million bucks now. Glad to see you are feeling better.

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  5. It´s beautiful!!! Congratulations for the all your work you put in to this chair!

    Regards from Spain.

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  6. Gorgeous wouldn't be enough!!
    I love it!

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  7. Absolutely fantastic! LOVE the colors and pattern, and all that hand-quilting - just beautiful, congratulations!

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  8. Wow! I love it too! Great Job, it's a work of art!

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  9. You should squeal. It's awesome. So shabby chic. Glad to see you're up and about again. Stay healthy.

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  10. Wow! this is beautiful! I love the color combinations and the quilting on the back pillow makes it really pop!

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  11. sachiko! it looks amazing! i love it. you are so talented and have such an eye for design.

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  12. Oh my dear, this is so beautiful. Love all of it. The fabrics you chose are fantastic and so is your labor. I like the fact that you used a gray/bluish paint. You have inspired me to seek a makeover chair. Have a wonderful day !!

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  13. what a great transformation! It went from sad chair to cheery chair! ^_^

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  14. Fabulous! The chair is truly beautiful and has inspired us to get creative x

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  15. Wow, it looks completely different than before. It's amazing.

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  16. Its wonderful! what a smashing makeover.......!!

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  17. It looks *ever* so much prettier than the original colours.

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  18. Your attention to detail humbles me.

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  19. It looks just GREAT!!! Amazing!

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  20. Stunning makeover! The upholstery job looks neat and is so bright! A beautiful piece of furniture of your own :)

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  21. So pretty! I love it! You are very talented and have such a great eye. I hope I can make time to learn to quilt someday. Sooo... What thrift store is this?? Oh and also, I agree, the colors are very cheery now. I think I need to follow your example and add some bright colors to my own home because all the inversion around here has been pretty depressing. :P

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  22. Happy that the flu is over now. I have had flu two weeks ago, too, and this year I've got the whole pack: fever, muscular and articular pain, no voice, headache and the feeling that I have a cat sitting down on top of my head. Here (south Spain) we joke about having spanish flu... what else? :D

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  23. Thank you everyone for your encouraging comments! I am so happy how this chair turned out and I would love to do more of these in different colors in the future. :)

    Jared and Megan-
    The thrift store is Savers. I know, isn't it crazy(awesome) that you get to use coupons at a thrift store?? You never know what they have until you actually go there, but when I find furniture like that it's well worth the visit.

    Epesse-
    Oh no! Sounds like you have been hit pretty hard by the flu this winter! I hope you are done with that this season.

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  24. Uuuuaaaauuu!!!!! Que transformación!!!!!
    Me encanta.
    Anna

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  25. WOW! Absolutely incredible! It's so unique and beautiful, and I would NEVER have expected that out of what looks a lot like a generic Chinese buffet chair.

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  26. It's absolutely lovely! And you are right, totally unique. Go ahead and pat your self on the back a bit. :)

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  27. Such a wonderful job! Thanks for sharing the eye candy.

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  28. This is SO pretty! I just love the colors--:)

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  29. wow! the chair looks so wonderful. i love the fabric you chose. looks so bright and cheery. well done!

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  30. I love your chair!! And the very pretty fabrics!! :) How cute is that pillow too!! xo Holly

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  31. What a FABULOUS makeover...your attention to detail is amazing! Enjoy your beautiful chair!

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