Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Seeing Potential- Part 1

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??


Jen said...

Me! Me! Me! (raises hand wildly).

It's funny that you post this today - I just picked up 2 old chairs for $15 each and am trying to figure out what to do with them!

Jasmine said...

I've been searching around for some shabby chairs to make pretty... I haven't been to the local salvation army lately but I'm definately going to look soon :)

Embellished Bayou said...

It is often hard to see the potential in dirty, banged up and sometimes broken furniture, but lately my eyes have been opened to the potential of a lot of things! I'm just waiting to find that perfect piece to "make pretty"!

Lucy Marie said...

Thank you for this! We actually recovered our dining room chairs a few years ago (before I was into blogging) but we didn't have to re-stain or paint them and the hubby did most of the work. We also have a few more chairs kicking around in storage but we're kind of holding off until we buy a house. We don't have any space for them here and I'm not sure if I should go ahead with them before knowing what kind of room they will be in.

I have a desk that I am hoping to work on over this summer. Maybe you could give a little lesson on that?

Domestic Princess said...

I'm inspired. Must find a chair to makeover now=) lol