If you're interested in knowing just how you can take a pair of chairs from IKEA and make them unmistakably your own, you'll find lots of inspiration from Brynne's project with these club chairs.
After searching for the perfect, affordable club chairs for my living room for weeks, I stumbled across a secondhand pair of IKEA Klappsta chairs (no longer carried in store) on Craigslist. I liked the boxy shape of the chairs and the long and slender legs, but the white fabric had seen better days and was too cool a color for my moody living room. The chairs also felt a little bland as-is.
I used a quart of satin interior paint in Sherwin Williams Divine White (color matched to Glidden paint) as well as several bottles of Martha Stewart's fabric medium to paint the fabric on the chairs. I was very skeptical that the painted upholstery would turn out well, but to my surprise, after a little sanding (yes, sanding!) with 220-grit sandpaper, the fabric turned out feeling like outdoor canvas. I doubt anyone would even notice that the chairs had been painted!
After painting, I wanted to achieve the look of double-welt piping without the hassle of actually creating piping. I purchased several 50-foot packages of 1/8" paracord at the hardware store and hand-stitched two lengths side-by-side around the seams of the chairs. The hand-stitching was tedious, but not difficult, and I love the comic-book style outline it gives to the chairs!
Overall, I spent around $11 on paint, $18 on fabric medium and $9 on paracord to completely transform the chairs!
Thank you Brynne! For more information on her process and this project, visit her blog.