MY NEW CHAIR!!! Hahahahaha.
What did you do this week? I reupholstered and painted a chair for my bedroom. Look at the beastly little paws on the arms. Aren't they cute? I didn't want to detract from the chair's graceful curves and interesting paws. So I gave it a very simple makeover: I used white canvas and black satin-finish spray paint.
I was inspired by the black furniture with white upholstery at Ballard Designs. I like their overall effect; it's so simple and classic. I feel like I got the Ballard Designs look without the $699 price tag. It looks like grown-ups live here. Except oh wait... butt jokes. Never mind.
Best of all, it wasn't an expensive project: From start to finish, it was less than $40, including sales tax. The chair was $12 at a thrift store. The fabric was 12.98 a yard, and I bought 1.25 yards. I used just one $5.00 can of spray paint. We already owned the tools used to take the chair apart, and I borrowed my Mom's staple gun to upholster the chair. And since the chair's foam was in surprisingly good condition, I didn't replace it.
Honestly, the worst part of the project was disassembling the thing, and I can't take credit for that: My husband did most of the dis-assembly, because the chair was held together with stripped screws that were beyond my ability to remove. Once it was taken apart, though, it was smooth sailing. I painted the wooden parts first, following these directions from Southern Hospitality, but without distressing the paint. I've upholstered a few pieces in the past, so I didn't follow a tutorial when I upholstered the cushions. I just used my wits and the previous upholsterer's work as a guide. But if you're looking for a good tutorial, Apartment Therapy put together a collection of upholstery tutorials here. Choose the one that fits your project best.
I won't be sitting around and trying out the chair for long; I'm meeting with a realtor tomorrow. Please wish me luck.