Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Project complete and finding treasure...

It's finally complete and right on schedule I might add! Its exactly as I pictured it in my head that one day back in January, at the Goodwill store. I shared with you a couple weeks ago that I was starting this project and have slowly worked on it, weather causing delays. I couldn't be happier with the results.

It all started with this ugly thing right here.

I fell in love with it instantly and pictured it painted white and reupholstered with a light fabric. I knew I wanted yellow and grey. The grey chevron is for an ottoman that I'm redoing too and the yellow is for some pillows.

The process is fairly easy, just takes some patience and a little hard work to pull it off. 

I love this tag that I found at the bottom of every chair, it dates back to 1972; but I'm certain this set is much older. Under the awful flowered fabric was this even nastier green stuff. 

After removing the cushion I sanded the entire surface with 220 grit sandpaper and wiped it clean. Next, a coat of primer.
And I added some 1 1/2 inch foam for some cushion for the tush. Just trace an outline from the seat.
Next is the fun part...staple gun. I regretfully don't have pictures of this process, but it fairly simple. Just cut a piece of fabric that is bigger than your seat, staple in center once and while pulling taught staple around. This was fun, but the next day my palm was so sore! After primer has dried (I gave mine a full 24 hours) apply a coat of paint. I used Rust-oleum in Heirloom White with a Satin finish. The chairs were good with one coat of paint, but the table needed two. I finished the table with Rust-oleum sealer in Clear Matte. You'll want to raise your piece off the floor so you get good coverage on the legs, I used the lids from the paint cans.

Like I said, I couldn't be happier with the outcome. I love getting my hands dirty and fixing something up myself. The whole piece really lightens up the space!

The whole project came in at $123...
$50 for table and four chairs at Goodwill
$13 for fabric at Hobby Lobby (with a 40% off coupon)
$40 paint, primer, sandpaper at Home Depot
$20 for foam at JoAnns (with 50% off coupon)

Yesterday Liam and I took our regular trip to Goodwill with hopes of finding something for the home, we weren't having much luck (he will tell you otherwise, cause he came home with a huge toy jet that makes tons of noise); then out of the corner of my eye on the other side of the store I found this...

I know what your thinking...WTF, right?!?! But upon further inspection I found something that may be my new favorite thing...

It only took a few snips from the trusty wire cutters! I'm thinking of hanging it above the new table and chairs. 

Have you found any treasure lately?


  1. Wow, Jen - it turned out amazing!! You'd never know it was the same piece, I love your fabric choice too! I'm sure you love walking in and seeing it!


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