I've gotten lots of comments from people in the blog world, and IRL, saying they love the idea of taking on some ugly DIY projects, but had a hard time seeing the potential in things. Well, here's lesson one in learning to see it! I scoured some craiglists from across the country since I can't really go peruse your local thrift stores with you (although, if you're ever in town, I'd love to go thrifting with you!!).
Chairs are some of the most common DIY projects, so let's take a look at those first. You can click any of the pictures to see their listing. Some might not even need much more than a good cleaning:
Probably the easiest type of chair to overhaul yourself is similar to the following- they only have upholstery on the seat and/or back.
The first chair is $65 and the second two are $20. Total steals. With these, I'd either sand them down & re-stain them (directions on all that later) or prime & paint them. If the cushions are still in good condition, you can just rip off the fabric & reupholster, much like I did with this chair. Be warned though, if you're anything like me, picking fabric will take you FOREVER.
This Rocking chair is only $30. It would look perfect in a nursery, painted an antique white, with the ruffle removed & the cushion replaced.
The following chairs would take a little more work, or you could take them to a professional. But for the price you can steal them for, and the amazing lines.. seems worth it to me!
So... who's ready to take on a chair project??