Weellll…that title was a tease because in all actuality the chair cost more than 5 bucks. Much more. I was so excited when I found it because it has great lines and was in sturdy shape. HowEVER, I just couldn’t decide what color to paint it, or what fabric to use for upholstering. I went back and forth, back and forth. Neutral fabric would allow me to accessorize it for holidays…but a crazy pattern would be more fun. White goes with anything, and I could easily move the chair from room to room that way. But again, a bright green or blue would be more fun. Striped or floral? Modern or traditional? Geez, I think I’m having an identity crisis. It’s no wonder every time I take one of those quizzes that’s supposed to tell you your decorating style, I wind up being a combination of 3 different things and am more confused than ever.
In the end, I painted the chair white (thrilling, I know!) and covered it in a super-neutral chenille. Durable. Safe. And I’m happy with it. Because the star of the show is the pillow. I just loved this chevron by Waverly when I saw it. I almost covered the seat with it, but didn’t want it be crazy-looking at Halloween or Christmas-time. Since I’m a pillow-junky, this just gives me an excuse to make more cute ones for each season. I’m nothing if not practical.
Which is why it kinda makes me nuts that I ended up spending $6 on the chenille, $3 on new foam (because the old stuff underneath was GROSS when I removed the original fabric), $12 on spray paint (because I ended up spraying it twice), and $10 on the chevron, bringing my total to $36, chair included. Bummer. My Tightwad Tuesday is…not so much.
Here it is next to our newly painted storage drawers…
I’m just glad I can cross this one of the list. This project has been plaguing me for weeks! But it’s done, and I like it. There.
P.S. Nothing special about my process so I’m not including a tutorial…just my favorite Zinnser primer, some basic white spray paint, roughed it up a little with some sandpaper afterwards…you know the drill. And I know all you smart people don’t need me to tell you how to pop out the seat and recover it with a staple gun, but if you have any questions, you know you can ask me!