Charlotte grabbed these parlor chairs off Craigslist. Though a bit bland, they had good bones. See how she gave them a fab refinishing, with some fun chevron fabric and a fresh new hue.
I check in with Craig (and his list) on a daily basis, and when I came across a pair of matching wooden arm chairs, I pounced. I talked the seller down to $75 each and brought them home for a facelift. We have a bright red coffee table I had sprayed at an auto detail shop, and I thought these could be a nice complement. A million hours later, all the nail heads and staples were out and I was ready to spray. The chevron fabric is one of my favorites, and I thought the blue would be a fun complement to the bright red. Our home was built in 1900 so contemporary decor can look out of place, but I love the juxtaposition of some colorful funky pieces with the classic lines of the house and some of our other furniture.
By the end of the second chair, I had my re-upholstering groove on. I'm still a little rusty with my sewing machine and my double welt cording, but that ties the whole thing together and cleans up my disheveled upholstery staples. These two chairs have been the perfect flexible seating for our living room, since they are small enough to move around where we need them when entertaining.
For step-by-step photos and more details, check out Charlotte's blog, Ciburbanity.
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(Images: Charlotte Smith)