I have a rule when I go shopping. If I see something at the store that I like, but I don't feel 100% sure about buying it, I usually just leave it there. If I just winding up forgetting about it, to me that means I didn't really want it after all, so no big loss. But when I find myself thinking about it again, especially on multiple occasions, regretting not buying it, I'll usually go back and get it.
That was the case when I saw this guy at the Goodwill:
I guess it's kind of obvi why I didn't pick that bad boy up right on the spot. I definitely wasn't 100% sure about it, plus it was the same time there was that guy there telling me how he restores old furniture. What I didn't add before was that he then proceeded to complain to me about how expensive everything was at that Goodwill. Even when I started to walk away, he was still yelling out prices to me. I needed to get out of there stat!
But I found myself thinking about the chair all week, imagining its potential, so I went back a week later and bought it (and paid too much for it according to random furniture guy).
When I brought the chair home and saw this tag on the bottom, I knew I had made the right decision.
|Made in North Carolina, this was meant to be.|
So here's what I did:
Goodwill Chair Makeover
Removed the old cushion. Just had to unscrew the four screws attaching the cushion to the base.
Cleaned the chair with TSP and filled in a small hole with wood filler. Then I sanded it lightly and wiped off with a cloth.
Primed the chair. I used Kilz Original Primer Spray Paint.
Realized it was much too windy out for spray painting, and moved the operation inside. Then I added two coats of Krylon Spray Paint in Peekaboo Blue, boo.
At this point it was looking way too blue blue and needed to get toned down a bit. Plus it has really cool details and lines that I wanted to bring out a bit. So I added some Martha Stewart Glaze.
And wiped off.
And once that was dry, I added 3 coats of Minwax Polycrylic to protect my little masterpiece.
So the base was ready but the cushion needed a makeover too.
|Grandma called, she wants her nightgown back|
But then I realized that's what was keeping the padding attached, so maybe I shouldn't remove it. I checked to see if the old fabric would show through the new fabric, and it didn't so I just let the old fabric stay put. Removing it would've been way more trouble than what it was worth.
For the new cushion, I didn't know exactly what fabric I was looking for, so I just checked out the sale rack at Jo-Ann until something spoke to me and picked up a yard of it.
I measured the seat to make sure I cut enough fabric to cover it.
And then it was time to put the staple gun to work, something I'd never done before.
I literally let out a Vicki Gunvalson-style "Woo", for the first 5 to 10 staples that I punched in. That thing has some power behind it. That's what she said.
I just kept pulling the fabric tight as I stapled around the cushion until it was all put together.
Then I just screwed it right back in the base. Voila:
My shopping trick prevails again. And I don't care what random furniture guy says, it was worth every penny.
Now I have a chair fit for a Tar Heel.
Getting my link on: