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A Little Bit of Sanity and A Lot of Chaos: 99 cent chair. Not kidding.

Monday, January 4, 2010

99 cent chair. Not kidding.

Here's what I did this morning:

Of course, it's a train fort. Duh. I cannot believe you did not know.

Here's what I did this afternoon. I turned this chair from this post way back last year:

Into this:


Hey, I know what you're thinking. That looks a lot like this:

From this post. You're right. I found the new chair at another Thrift Store and it was only $.99. Yep. $.99. That's it. So, I scooped it up and brought it home. I could have done something crazy with it, but we've moved our entire house around, and now both chairs are in the office-playroom-that-was meant-to-be-the-formal-dining-room and I like things to be similar. Not matchy-matchy, but similar. I love them both. I can't decide which I like better. Although, I will tell you the 99 cent chair was harder to do. Different lines, those little arm thingies. Annoying. And I sound so professional.

I am sure professional upholsterers are screaming at me right now - "Staple gun!? Glue gun!? Fabric glue!? Spray paint!? You've got to be kidding me! Material from Goodwill for $3.99?! Ugghhh!" Guess what? I DON'T CARE! I am happy with it, and if the glue comes off, or the chair breaks, oh well. It was 99 cents!!!! Not even a dollar. Seriously.

You can see my tutorial on the chair here. And remember, if you don't swear, cry, burn your finger, staple your hand or throw a tool, you are not doing it right.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks seriously fantastic!! And I so love the boys fort.

January 4, 2010 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Hissyfits & Halos said...

It looks amazing!!! Spray paint rocks! Oh, and I didn't know that Goodwill had fabric!

Nice fort. So, fill me in...what's a "train" fort? Is that where the trains stop? We have castles here.

January 4, 2010 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

You crack me up!
Chair looks great.
I have never tackled a project like that... too scared.
However, I have made a few forts in my day. :)
I'm going to check out your previous posts to see if I can get the courage to do it... I am a pretty good cusser (LOL) so at least that is in my favor!

Great job!

January 4, 2010 at 11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both chairs are totally amazing. They look marvelous and I love your Goodwill. Mine would have charged at least $20 for that chair (ripoff). I particularly like the fort. I use to love to play that with the kids. Actually, they always ended up leaving and moving onto something else before I did. So nice to have the serenity. Serenity Now!

January 5, 2010 at 12:54 AM  
Blogger Kimberly Knoess said...

WOW! Where is this great thrift store? That looks terrific and who cares what you used as long as the chair looks like that?! Upholsterer shmuphosterer! You did a fab job!!!!!!

January 6, 2010 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Miss G said...

wow! really cool. kelly

January 6, 2010 at 10:41 PM  
Anonymous Rene said...

This chair is gorgeous!

January 7, 2010 at 5:37 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

Looks pretty great too me .. looking at all these blogs has me itching to go to the thrift store, I never look at the chairs .. why not?? And I was just there last night! Great idea thanks for sharing!!

January 7, 2010 at 6:11 AM  
Blogger asnipofgoodness said...

That looks terrific! I love ticking, I used the same fabric in my last post. Thanks for sharing.

Love the fort too! hehehe

January 7, 2010 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger Angie @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

That looks great!! And I am sure a "professional" would have charged you WAAAAAAAAAAAAY more to do that same exact thing! Way to go!

January 7, 2010 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Jamielouwho said...

Oh wow, that's incredible! I can't belive you found a thrift store that actually charges "thrift" prices these days. Awesome job!

January 7, 2010 at 2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very cute chair and GREAT redesign. I love finding chairs for less than a dollar, but usually they are found at auctions. Great thrift store find.

January 7, 2010 at 4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You did that in an afternoon? Awesome! Love the price too.

January 7, 2010 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Great price and great transformation!

January 7, 2010 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

It's gorgeous! You did this today? One day? Part of a day? Impressive and fabulous!!


January 7, 2010 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

I love the way the chair turned out. And I use the same techniques you do...whatever works! I totally agree with your philosophy. What do you have to lose when you only paid a buck or two?! We are laughing all the way to the bank, right?
Great job!

January 7, 2010 at 10:22 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Wow! 99 cents! That is amazing! It looks great!

January 7, 2010 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Marie@PoutyPinkPrincess said...

The chair turned out super-cute! Wish I could find good bargains like that!

January 7, 2010 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

Unbelievable! It turned out awesome :)

January 8, 2010 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger anhesty said...

wow so jealoous at your great find. i wish i am able to have such luck. i need more chairs and furniture in my house.

January 8, 2010 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger barbara@hodge:podge said...

Love the chair - why doesn't my thrift store sell chairs for that price! I am thinking they secretly read these blogs and figure there are items out there that people want and hike the price!

January 8, 2010 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Tammy at Tattered and Timeless said...

You did an amazing job - AGAIN. I have to find your kind of thrift shops :)

January 8, 2010 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Staci K. said...


January 8, 2010 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Miss Mustard Seed said...

I have the twin to this chair! I bought mine at an auction for $6.00 and I thought I got a good deal. Mine does not have fabric on the arms, though. I cannot wait to tackle mine and this has given me hope that it is not as hard as I thought it would be. Nice work!

January 8, 2010 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger One Cheap B*tch said...

WOW! What a makeover! And the price - you definitely cannot beat that!

January 10, 2010 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Now that is just absolutely fabulous. I love both of your chairs. I have one of those cane chairs that I really don't like, I need to get busy and do something with it. Hugs, Marty

January 11, 2010 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

I never find deals that good. It looks amazing!

January 11, 2010 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Sabrina said...

Love the chair and the price...oh the fort too! My boys would love that!

January 11, 2010 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Rustique Gallery said...

Ok, I'm ready to reupholster something! Thanks for the inspiration. The only way to have originals in the house is to do them or do them over yourself! Way to go!

January 12, 2010 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

That is so weird... My parents have that exact same chair... Exact. Just a different color... Hmmmm... Now you've got my wheels turning.
Nice DIY!

January 13, 2010 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger Delightful Dwelling said...

Wow, what a bargain on that chair. I love the fabric, it looks like something from a cottage by the beach. I think I said that about the first chair you did like that, but I love them both.

January 15, 2010 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Anna See said...

wooohooo! great job and i love your attitude. they are meant to be enjoyed and you are enjoying them. :)

January 15, 2010 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Awesome! I'm a new follower!

Thanks so much!

January 15, 2010 at 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the chair makeover and the fabric you used. Great job!

January 15, 2010 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Gayle from Southern Thresholds said...

Gotta love a deal like that! I love projects like this...looks like you spent a bunch but didn't...

January 15, 2010 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Looks awesome! I like the way you made two different chairs work by utilizing the same fabric for both.

What? Who said upholsters don't use staple guns or glue? Have you ever taken apart a chair before? They are drowning in staples and glue! Great job!

January 16, 2010 at 12:43 AM  

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