Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Arm Chair Refinish

I always try to make a lot of the gifts I give at Christmas. This year I've been inspired (mostly through the blog world!) to take it even further. I've attempted some pretty large projects for people that I normally just buy gifts for. I'll admit, I'm very excited to give these gifts!
I shared the dresser I refinished for my mother-in-law a few weeks ago.
Today I'm sharing the chair that I refinished for my mom.
Here's the before.


Love the lines! Everything else, not so much.
The caning in the back was pretty damaged - which was okay with me, because I don't really love caning, anyway.

I sanded her down and painted her heirloom white.


Then I cut her caning out.


She sat like this...backless...in the basement for a few weeks.  I couldn't quite figure out how I was going to put a new back in.  I began to wonder if I had screwed things up royally. Why didn't I just upholster the caning???
Oh, right...because it wasn't really structurally sound.

Then I remembered my new crafting best friend, hardboard.
Hubby cut some out in the right shape for me.
 

I wrapped it in a double layer of quilt batting and the fabric I had chosen (staple gunned it all on) and screwed the hardboard into the chair frame.



Then I took a piece of 1 inch foam and cut it to shape. I wrapped it in batting, too, then I used spray adhesive to attach the cushion to the hardboard.


I used the staple gun again to cover the cushion with fabric.


Then I covered the seams with a braided trim.
 

And here she is - totally revamped and gorgeous!


Linking up at Donna's!



13 comments:

Jen said...

Wow! Gorgeous! Gotta love your hubby for being a good measure-er and saw-er. I love that fabric too, and the braided trim works perfectly. Can I be your mom and get that for Christmas? :)

Delightful Dwelling said...

Wow, it looks gorgeous! I love the fabric you chose and the trim.

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Sooo pretty! Love that fabric!!

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Okay, this is very nice! You did a great job and I love the fabric choice.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

She looks beautiful! Love that fabric... oh so pretty!

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hey Mandy. Love that fabic. And the trim is perfect. What a wonderful job you did. You must be pround of taking it from dumpster to die for!

Merry Christmas & Hugs....Tracy :)

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Love the fabric. I am a big fan of paisley prints! You did a great job!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

You did a wonderful job. It's beautiful! Great fabric!

Tammy of Yarborough House said...

one word. GORGEOUS!

thanks for sharing,
tammy

Kim said...

This looks so pretty in the corner you have it in. Nice job even covering the caning.

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Your makeover came out fabulous! Love the fabric and trim!

Cheers!
Tina

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

You did a great job and I love the fabric you chose. I am so impressed that you saw something beautiful when you looked at this chair. I can't tell you how many great chairs I've passed up {before blogging days} that I just thought were blah and now I wish I could have them all back!!

Cindy said...

Woo Girl! That looks fab...love the fabric you chose too. Love it!

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