Drawing on Furniture for "Chairity"

We weren't sure what we thought of Pamela Bell's laissez-faire attitude toward children, markers and white couches, but this similarly decorated chair might be inching us ever so slightly toward liking this look.

Inspired by Bell's sofa, mother and daughter Judy and Jane Aldridge had the idea to raise money for the Palliative Care program at Cook's Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, TX by having the children there decorate a chair (i.e. set them loose with colored Sharpies). They bought an old chair and had it recovered in canvas. Afterwards they sealed the children's artwork with four coats of lacquer.

What do you think? Is this idea a little easier to swallow on a smaller chair than a large sofa? We love how a project like this can capture a moment in time for kids and how fun would it be pass the chair onto them when they're older?

We think this chair is utterly charming and we wish them lots of luck auctioning it off for "chairity." You can read more about this project and see in-progress photos at Judy's blog or Jane's blog.

(Via Inhabitots)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.