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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

furniture restoration...Goodwill style

One of my favorite things to do is go to a Goodwill.  
Crazy.  I know it.  
But the treasures that await, well, COULD await is the exciting part.  When I find a piece of furniture that has possibilities, for LESS than $10, I feel as if I've found gold!  Over the last year I have fixed up a lot of these pieces, and will post some of the photos below.

Most recently, my sister Shanon over at Vintage Sparkle Chic has been on the hunt for a shabby chic chair with cushioned top and bottom, wooden arms and legs and small cushion material on arms.  She found one she loved at the Paris Street Market but it was almost $200!  For someone like me who now makes that sort of thing, it would be painful to see her spend that when we can make it... well I can make it!  She could too, but always said she'd rather just BUY it.  And if you have seen her blog lately she has been spending enough time painting to do any sort of projects.  

Like the amazing sister I am (!) I have been scouring Goodwills looking for her perfect chair.  I finally found one last week... maybe it's not perfect but for $34 it will do.  It has been a lot of time tearing apart, and  am not in the fun part of painting and reupholstering.  It;s not finished, but here is my progress so far:

Goodwill shape and current state, as well as what Shanon wants:


I bought four legs at Goodwill for 50 cents each and painted them white.  
I bought 2 square boards at Michaels and screwed them together, then screwed the legs on.  
After that it was just padding, adding material, and a hand-stamped strip of fabric across the middle.

Love it!!


One more example is another Goodwill chair I bought for about $10.  



That's it for today!  I'm going to try and finish my sisters chair and can't wait to post the final result!!

Have a fabulous week!




2 comments:

  1. You've been busy! Can't wait to see my chair finished :) I'm thinking of making the large Pottery Barn "stool" that I have into something like what you did for your stool. We'll see.....

    ~Shanon

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