Not Quite 50 Shades of Grey

July 25, 2012

On Monday, I asked people to guess what I was up to with a couple of things. Not very many of you were in a guessing mood, apparently. I can't say I blame you. It was Monday, after all, and all I want to do on Mondays is slump in my office chair and try and not look like I'm falling asleep. So I assume that's what everyone else was doing too.

I took one of these $5 chairs from this...

Shades of Light armchair knock off

To this...

painted auction chair

To this!

shades of light armchair knock off tonic living fabric

But wait for it...

shades of light armchair knock off tonic living fabric

It's not perfect by any means, but I hope I'll get better at upholstering as I do the other three chairs.

On one hand, I kind of feel like I wrecked this chair. The wood is red oak, but I could not for the life of me get the previous finish off everywhere in order to re-stain. On the other hand, I don't really care because the chair only cost me a buck twenty five.

And I adore the fabric on the back times a gazillion (Ragg Tagg from Tonic Living). The plain grey fabric? So. Soft. (Brussels Washer in Charcoal from Tonic Living).

The trim came from Fabricland, and is actually stretchy elastic stuff that I just stretched out to be flat. You can't tell in the picture, but it striped grey. When I bought it initially I didn't really know how it was going to go (I was picturing ruffles!), but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

When I couldn't get the finish off, I let this chair sit and sit and sit. But when Tanya from Dans le Townshouse showed her chair makeover in flat black, I knew that was what I wanted to do. And do it I did. The brand of spray paint I used is Home Hardware's Beauti-Tone. I didn't prime prior to spraying, and ended up using the whole can. It was pretty windy outside, which may have something to do with that?

As an aside, don't mind the shower curtain in the background. It's just hanging out in the doorway into the living room until we finish tiling the shower. And you can also see what rough shape some of our woodwork is in. Sigh. Mile long to-do list...

So what do you think, is the after better?

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