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A Little Bit of Sanity and A Lot of Chaos: Black and Blue

Monday, March 8, 2010

Black and Blue

Wow. I am so thrilled about these chairs. I mean really. Holy cow. These are just so fun!

So here's how it goes:

Buy two ugly chairs. One with the back caning missing. Yeah. That's pleather. Totally convenient in the 60's. Totally. And it's fantastic with kids...I should have kept it.

Cover chair seats and paint chair slate blue (just like that credenza). Oh, then scuff it up so that when it gets scuffed up while you are working with it, it will be like it was supposed to be that way.

I'm afraid people are going to some day find out that I really have NO IDEA what I am actually doing.

I had to think of what to do with the middle section. So I cut out some left over foam core.


Then stapled the back piece up. And put the foam core in. Make sure that you use a bazillion staples that don't actually go in to the chair. Cause see, it's not one of my projects without some mama llama drama.
Here's the glorious back.

That's the extra. You cut it as close as you can and then shove it into the groove of the back where the caning was attached. And when I say shove, I actually mean gently push it in with a q-tip. Or a scissors or a pliers, or a spatula...whatev.

Then glue the black cord to the back to cover up as many staples as you can. Seriously, I need a stapler that can get into the tiny grooves.


Seriously. These are so stinkin' cute. Glorious.

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Blogger Lori said...

Seriously, I wouldn't have given those chairs a second glance. Simply, glorious is right.

March 8, 2010 at 6:42 AM  
Blogger aahadley said...

Lovin the chairs! But hold the phone, back up a step or two mama llama. Are there two back pieces to the back piece? Did you staple the back of the back piece and then cut and staple another piece of fabric to make the front of the back piece? Was there batting involved? Either I need more coffee this morning or I'm just slow. Could be both ;)

March 8, 2010 at 7:00 AM  
Blogger Jill said...


March 8, 2010 at 7:02 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

I love these-the colors go great together.

March 8, 2010 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

These are my favorites so far!

March 8, 2010 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger Blondie's Journal said...

Love what you do with furniture!


March 8, 2010 at 8:01 AM  
Blogger Jen T said...

You did a fabulous job! I love these chairs!

March 8, 2010 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Bon said...

Love these so much! Great job~
Bon @ Drab to Fab

March 8, 2010 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Ruby Red Slippers said...

LOVE it!!!!!

And You inspire me-
I went to the Salvation Army (who by me is so stinking over-priced-but that is my issue!), and I got two vintage metal school desks for $10 each...(after asking for a markdown-)
My husband said, I will give you fifty NOT to buy them! I said, No way Buddy, just load them in the truck for me...
We'll see...I am thinking Lime green, or something funky with a chalkboard top....

March 8, 2010 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Savannah McQueen said...

Oh my gosh! These are so cute. I just cannot tell you how impressed I am with your talent. I might be inspired to work on some furniture around here.

March 8, 2010 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Mama Thompson said...

LOVE them...that blue is so great and I just adore the fabric!

March 8, 2010 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

They ARE cute! Are you going to sell them, too?

March 8, 2010 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Ruth H. said...

Wow! You did a great job. I love the color combination.

March 8, 2010 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger The Smiths said...

Okay, questions of the day...

1. Where do you buy all of your fabric?
2. When do you leave for NY?
3. Is my magazine in the mail?
4. Why do you live so far away?
5. When can I come visit?

I love ya duck! XOXOXOXOX

March 8, 2010 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Cass @ That Old House said...

Really nice makeover for those tired old chairs! They look ready for spring.

March 8, 2010 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Dreams of Perfection said...

What a huge transformation! I love the look of them now :o)

March 8, 2010 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Sherri @ Design2Shine said...


March 8, 2010 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Patti said...

Your chairs are lovely...love the color and the black and white fabric!

March 8, 2010 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

These chairs went from trash to a true blue treasure! What a fantastic job. And what is more impressive is that you could see the potential in them. Wonderful.

March 8, 2010 at 3:41 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Your right they are so stinkin' cute! Great job.

March 8, 2010 at 6:09 PM  
Blogger Hepworths said...

Wow, those look great!!! Good work!

Allison @ http://www.houseofhepworths.com/

March 8, 2010 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

great colors in the paint and fabric

March 8, 2010 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Great transformation of the chairs...love the color and fabric you have chosen!

March 8, 2010 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Kirsty said...

Thanks everyone!

aahadley - the back is separate pieces. I stapled the back piece on (front side out), then put the foam core in, then stapled the front piece on and then trimmed with cording and hot glue.

Lori (Ruby Red, cause there are two Lori's) - I am so excited for you! I hope the desks turn out! I think chalkboard on the top would be so fun! I would have paid $10 each. I think that's a pretty good deal! Lime green - ooohhh.....So fun! So jealous! Hubs is in Battle Creek tomorrow!

Katie - SOLD!

Jenn - that's a lot of questions. 1. JoAnn's and a place in my neighborhood. 2. Wednesday 3. Magazine in the mail tomorrow. 4. Ask my hubby...or yours...5. Come next week! Or I could come to you! We could do your kitchen. I found an awesome product to do painting. I'll send you a link. I may post about it after I try it!

Did I cover everyone?? Hope so!

March 8, 2010 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Jeanette said...

That is just too cute. It is hard to believe it is the same chair!!

March 9, 2010 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Jessi said...

I love that blue with the black and white fabric! Awesome, as always!

March 9, 2010 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

You are becoming the chair queen! Wonderful job again... thanks again for sharing with us at the POPP.

March 12, 2010 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Debilou~Mississippi Mama said...

I'm in love with these chairs,, Amazing!

March 18, 2010 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I'm loving that blue! I like seeing it in other's homes {it wouldn't work in mine} and it's a nice change up from white or black.

March 19, 2010 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger Atticmag said...

Your chairs remind me of furniture that Domino magazine would feature. Very fresh, both in color and concept. Please stop by and see us if you have time. We have a design show tour with furniture. - Jane F.

March 19, 2010 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

it's official: you are THE SHIT. only in the best possible way. ;) those chairs are AMAZING.

March 23, 2010 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Miss Mustard Seed said...

Ha...Sarah's comment made me laugh. Anyway, I love the color you picked for the chairs and the fabric looks perfect one them. Well done!

April 1, 2010 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Beautiful, just beautiful!!

Loving This Mom Stuff

May 8, 2010 at 11:37 PM  

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