Friday, July 27, 2012

I have a dirty little secret...

Yay! Have you been to Lindsay's blog BETTER AFTER? No? What are you waiting for? There are several amazing chair re-do's right now, as we speak! Not to toot my own horn (ok, well, maybe a little tooting here) but she has kindly featured mine too! Go check out all the awesomeness!

I have to tell you a secret
I'm a cheater.

Not at cards.

At chair re-upholstering.

See this very ugly chair

It cost $14.99 at The Salvation Army. I couldn't pass it up. And actually the fabric is in excellent condition  if you're into velour green and orange floral, which I'm not.

So.... I made my own chalk paint by mixing plain ole latex paint and a spoonful of unsanded grout and a tiny bit of water and painted the arms and legs. Here's where the cheating comes in...

I found this awesome material and hot glued it right over top of the old fabric. Yep, I did. I layed the fabric on top, pulled it underneath and glued it right to the chair. Why? Because I'm lazy. Plain and simple. I didn't want to rip all that off and hammer the new stuff all back on. Been there done that (see the houndstooth chair from hell here)

I think she looks pretty darn good if I do say so myself!

I'm quite smitten! Now she matches my new curtains, which I will be showing off next week!

Linking to:

Fingerprints on the Fridge: Whipperberry:
Tattertots & Jello:
At The Picket Fence:
 Nifty Thrifty Things:
Be Different Act Normal:
The Shabby Nest:
Not Just a Housewife
The Ironstone Nest:
Savy Southern Style:
The Well Crafted Home:
Somewhat Simple:
The 36th Avenue:
Crafty Scrappy Happy:
Saved By Love/Thrifty Thursdays:


  1. I love that fabric!! How is she holding up? Thank you so much for linking up to our party!! :)

  2. Haha I love the way you wrote that post- very funny! Cute chair!

  3. That is my kind of project! All you ever need is pretty fabric, right?! Love it!

    Take care,


  4. I'm lazy too - and I want to hot glue fabric on everything I sit on from now on! What a great idea!

    So glad you joined our Color party!

  5. I just love that you glued it on! Like the staple gun was too much work! LOL!

    Thank you so much for sharing at our Crazy for Color link party!



  6. lol hey--whatever you can get away with! great job!

  7. That chair is awesome! I love that you just used hot glue! Totally something I would do!! I am glad I found your blog (through better after) and am your newest follower!! If you ever have time come check out mine!!


  8. Where did you find that fabric? To die for!

    1. I found the fabric at Jo Anns fabric, there are several that coordinate as well!

  9. I love the fabric you used!! It looks a thousand times better! And it is so awesome that you hot glued it on. :):)

  10. Looks great! What did you do on the back of the top?

    1. for the back I took the original fabric off and used it as a pattern to cut a piece of cardboard which I then glued the new fabric to, overlaping the edges just a bit and then glued that the back! I love hot glue!

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