It’s time again for Thrift Gift Facelift!
You know, when Joanna and I swap items, facelift them and then show you what we’ve done.
This month Joanna is probably thinking she knows what I spruced up, but I’m throwing a curve ball out there. I was out in the garage working on one project when I remembered another project I had laying around and I switched gears.
Joanna gave me this dining chair over 2 years ago to spruce up and use as an office chair. It needed some love.
See? Beat up vinyl cover, no cushion for the tush, some scratches and a bit of a gap in the back.
This gap. Nothing a little wood glue and a rubber mallet couldn’t handle.
Not to mention the broken seat. Yep, definitely needed a little love.
Shortly after I refinished my desk I set to work on the chair to go with it. I fixed the gap, sanded it down and gave it a little spray of primer and paint. And then it sat at the desk with no seat for a long time. A really long time.
I wanted to do a little work out in the garage last weekend, so we moved 3 cars, dug out the sawhorses and set to work. While I was out there I discovered the wood I had purchased forever ago to cut a new seat for the chair.
And I finally cut the new seat! A much needed new seat! That wood split the instant I took the second layer of fabric off. I simply traced the old seat onto a piece of plywood and cut it out with my jigsaw.
A perfect fit! Oh, hey, the chair is white now! Next up, fabric.
I had two choices. The polka dot was what I originally planned on, the herringbone was an impulse purchase. I stuck with the original plan. It’s a satiny material and the polka dots are velvety. Fun!
I cut it out to fit over the seat, leaving room around the edges. I also cut a piece of batting to fit on the new seat and sandwiched it in between. Then I got all excited because I discovered we had an electric stapler in the garage. Then I got all disappointed because we had no staples to fit it. I had to use the manual stapler instead. I pulled the fabric tight around, folding neatly at the corners and stapled it down.
Ta da! Much more better, right? I simply screwed the new seat in underneath using the old screws I took out and the chair is useable again!
And much sturdier.
And it looks much cuter with my desk now.
Now I can get some work done!
Cupcake was so excited the chair was finally fixed. She keeps wanting to go downstairs and sit in it. She’s easily amused.
How about one more shot? A side by side before and after?
So, now I have another Thrift Gift Facelift item waiting in the wings for next month. I guess I should put the finishing touches on it and be ahead of the game!
So, whatcha think? Better? Want to see what Joanna did with what I gave her? Head over and see!