We will be moving into our new home sometime in September, but in the meantime, I have lots of fun projects I'm working on. The new house is more than double the living space of our current abode, so there's many rooms to fill. As I mentioned earlier, I no longer have a job, so the word "budget" has become a mainstay in this household! How will I fill the house with furniture, decor and functionality with very little money, you ask? With a little DIY and creativity. On that note, here's the first major project I've completed....
HELLO, 1996 called and they want their chair back! This gem of a thrifted find was very daunting for me. I've never reupholstered a piece of furniture before. If I needed a chair, I would just jump in my car and drive myself to the nearest IKEA. While I still love me some IKEA, I wanted the challenge of making a big comfy arm chair for our future "library" for less than $100.
Before...(sorry about the iPhone picture, no fancy editing here!)
There she is. She's a beauty, isn't she? All that wonderful tan, maroon and forest green. Yummy. But not for me, or the vision I have for our new home. Still, she has good bones, no pet stains and no weird odors, so I set out on a mission to recover her.
Here is my inspiration chair. Its the only picture I could find with a similar style chair that had the color scheme I envisioned.
Keeping in mind my $100 budget, I decided on using painters drop cloths for the fabric. Being my first time, I couldn't stomach spending $150+ for home decorator fabric, so I spent $21 at Lowe's and got something that looked a lot like linen. To go with that, a little navy bias tape for the piping, cording, scrap fabric from a previous project for the toss pillow, pillow insert, a heavy duty staple gun, screw driver, pliers, and I was ready to go. I salvaged as much as I could to keep costs down and paid close attention to the order in which I removed all the pieces. It only took me
5 days a little bit of time to pull out all the staples, and 4 days to recover it during baby nap times, all whilst battling a nasty flare up of carpal tunnel syndrome. Feeling your fingers is overrated anyway.
Are you ready for the big reveal?
Mama's so proud! I think it'll look awesome in the "library", or maybe the master bedroom. Also, I'm in love with piping. Now that I know how, I'm putting piping on everything!
Total cost you ask?
Thrifted chair $25
Painters drop cloth $21
Bias tape $8
Cording $6 (with Jo Ann coupon)
Pillow insert $9, on sale!
Toss pillow fabric $0, scrap I already had
I did it, and under budget! Even the hubby was impressed with my new skills, especially considering I just got my sewing machine 2 months ago! This is a "if I can do it, you can too", moment.
Finally, here's a happy customer.
I'm not going to write a tutorial here, because thanks to the Internet, someone has already done that for me. Here's the link that I referred to for the chair, www.threeboys.net. For the seat cushion I used www.sewmamasew.com. Thanks for the help, ladies!
Thanks for reading. Feel free to comment or Pin. What shall I tackle next?