My very first blog post ever…there once was a little chair.

November 14, 2014

Well here goes nothing!

Creating this blog has been something I’ve been brainstorming about on and off but thanks to a little push in the right direction (JHD) I told myself, ‘get on with it girly!’

Since leaving my career in social work to become a stay at home mama two years ago, I have been finding lots of new ways of making the most of my creativity.  With a passion for design and making old furniture beautiful again, I have self taught myself (with a little help from YouTube) into creating some beautiful pieces for my own home and some that I have sold.  I have SO many ideas on how to make outdated, damaged or just plain ugly old furniture become the showpiece of a room.

My project for this post is a chair I had purchased from a yard sale for $10.  The chair was solid, it just needed a little love.  That’s where I come in!

The before shot...

The before shot…

To start, I had to get a look at what kind of wood I was working with.  With my trusty old orbital sander I sanded off the existing varnish and stain to reveal a stunning piece of beech wood.  Next, it was time to find a fabric that would compliment the wood.  It’s times like these that I realize how indecisive I can really be (haha).  Nonetheless, I chose a beautiful patterned fabric that is light in color.

I decided that I did not want to re-stain the chair because I really liked the color of the natural wood.  Instead I applied three coats of satin clear polyurethane varnish to protect the wood.  Surprisingly this changed the color of the wood significantly, and although it wasn’t what I had envisioned for this project, it still turned out beautifully.

The original seating of the chair was outdated and needed new fabric and padding for added comfort.  When I removed the fabric the seat was padded with hay!  I was ready to bail…come on, that’s funny.  I had some extra foam cushioning lying around from a previous project and reupholstered the seat with the foam and fabric.  The last step was securing the seat to the chair with a few screws and viola!  I now have this “new” chair sitting in my entryway and it looks great!

The final result

The final result

My favorite part of refinishing furniture and most of my DIY projects is that no one else has it.  It’s completely unique to me and my style.  Thanks so much for reading my very first post.  I have no idea where this blog is going to take me, but I hope you’ll come along for the ride!
‘Til next time…


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