Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Toile Chair Tutorial...

If you visit this blog very often, then you know I am not the best at tutorials. I typically direct you to someone else's tutorial since I usually forget to take enough pictures. Well that is probably the case here again, but this is a really simple chair makeover so I am gonna give it another try. Let's get started!

First up, you find an old chair at the dump. You let everyone there look at you like you have lost your ever loving mind because you are putting more trash back into your car than you just took out. Here is the little beauty I came home with:
Next I took off the seat. I just unscrewed it from the bottom. I then washed the whole thing down really well with some soapy water. While the chair is drying, I start prying off the fabric from the cushion.
Now this seat had no real padding so I added a seat cushion to it. I bought a pack of 4 of them at Wal-Mart forever ago, but they were not more than $10. I just cut it to size and then glue it down with spray adhesive. (Sorry here is where I was so involved I forgot to take pics!)

Next I went back to the chair and sanded any chips in the paint. I then spray painted it black with black spray paint. I do this more as a primer. I then brushed some black paint I already had over the whole thing. Let that dry and then spray paint again to make it look smooth and get any spots you missed. I then sealed it with a clear acrylic spray.
Back to the cushion. I stretched and stapled my toile fabric over the cushion and stapled it to the bottom. I then added my ruffle. I just measured all the way around the outside of the seat and doubled it. I wanted my ruffle to be 6 inches high so I cut and hemmed a strip of fabric 6 inches by the diameter doubled. (Are you starting to see why I don't do tutorials?) I then stapled the ruffle into place.
Finally you reattach the seat... and sit on the chair hoping it doesn't fall over. Mine didn't so I was good to go!

I actually got 2 of these chairs at the dump over the summer. The other one is my chair in the craft room. This is how it turned out and a link to that post if you want the details.
I am sharing this at ASPTL for DIY Tuesday

and at Reinnvented for Trash to Treasure Tuesday.

Hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by!


Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I LOVE your colorful craft room chair, and the black and white toile is so so pretty. Ruffles scare me (doing them), but you did a great job!

Hope you'll stop by my 3rd Decorating Dilemmas Party. I'm posting it tonight after 10 pm (EST), and it will up all day tomorrow. I have a prize. ;)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Wow they both look great! Although, I am partial to the black and white toile!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

What a cute chair! I need a few of those in my life....I have yet to finish mine, ugh..hehe

northern cottage said...

cute!! I have multiple spots for both of those chairs in my house - send 'em on over!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I think this looks just adorable!! I love it! :)

BlueCastle said...

Beautiful! I really like the square backs of the chairs. Both of them turned out awesome. :)

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

I have to admit, I did NOT have the vision you had for these chairs. I cannot BELIEVE how CUTE you were able to make them! Wonderful job!

myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

very nice job! They look great!

MotherhoodFilm said...

Great transformations!! I really enjoyed looking around your blog! What great ideas!!
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