9.02.2014

Chair Makeover Before and After


I snagged this chair a few years back at an Atlanta thrift store for less than $10. It was missing a back chushion and so horribly soft that when you sat down on it you needed assistance to get out, but I loved the lines of this sturdy, mid-century construction and saw potential. I had been saving up for a while to have it recovered, along with another chair, and we picked it up from our upholsterer friend, Doug, last week. It has a new seat cushion, a new back cushion, the skirt was removed and I found some cheap wooden legs to replace the chair's not-so-awesome original legs.

I stumbled upon the dreamy dahlia fabric on Ebay for $8.99 a yard. It normally runs at closer to $35 a yard. It looked really familiar to me and I couldn't place where I had seen it before. Oh yeah, it is the same fabric used on the Anthropologie Naive Tropical Astrid Chair which was originally $1298, marked down to $799 and then discontinued. In total, I paid less than a fifth of that price for a brand "new" chair! Happy dance, happy dance, happy dance! 


 So yeah, I love sipping my coffee and reading in our new chair and maybe you think it's loud and crazy, which it kind of is, but it my eyes it's happy and fun and just the right pop I was looking to add to our eclectic living room.

The side table is a fun, marble-topped piece we bought a while back from some friends for $30. It was primed white and we decided to keep it white since the color looked good against the tan marble. Nick painted it in a gloss white and now it's basically our chair's new BFF. Anything smaller/less substantial would have been dwarfed, anything louder would have competed with the busy chair. I'm pleased these two pieces work so well together.

Yay for cozy living room vignettes! Stay tuned for my second chair's transformation!

11 comments:

  1. What a great chair! You made the perfect choices to turn it into such a wonderful piece. Just lovely.

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    1. Thanks Aanna! You need to come sit in it soon and drink a cup of tea with me;)

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  2. This looks amazing!! Doug told me you had picked out some fun bright orange piece! I was hoping you'd post it on here so I could see it! Looks soooooo great!!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! You are my kindred-fun-upholstery-spirit!

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  3. I love how it turned out! I'd love to know the name of your upholstery guy (??)

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  4. How gorgeous! I have a similar chair that has been sitting in the garage for at least 5 years, and waiting for me to find this same fabric. Would you be willing to share your fabric source?

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    1. Hi Natalie,

      It's from http://www.ebay.com/usr/fabricunlimited14
      Hopefully they have more!

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  5. Hi, can you please share the eBay seller who you bought the fabric from? I've searched high and low for it with no luck!

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    1. http://www.ebay.com/usr/fabricunlimited14

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  6. Hi can you please let me know where you got this fabric? I love this chair. I tried clicking on the eBay link above and it didn't work.
    Thank you

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