May 1, 2011

the chair that almost got away

We were cleaning out our garage over Spring Break when we came across a lonesome unwanted chair that we had stashed away out of sight. 
I told Nick it was time to send it off to Goodwill so that it could find a nice loving home where it would be appreciated.  So we tossed it aside into the unwanted pile.  As we continued our cleaning, organizing and purging, my eyes kept wandering back to the poor little lonely chair.  We had rescued her from my parent's store when it was going out of business.  How could I abandon her?  Could I really let her go that easily?  This was her home, and she was one of my only tangible memories from the store (along with a few other things...ok, a lot of other things that I can't bring myself to get rid of.)  
Oh the guilt! 
(This is why things that I promise Nick I will take to Goodwill sit in my trunk for months on end.  Precious Moments Chip and Dip Platters!  How could I bare to get rid of them?)

So, as I looked upon the little chair and pondered all these things in my heart, a thought entered my mind.  It dawned on me that maybe, just maybe those little cushions on the chair could pop off.  And that maybe, just maybe I could recover them.  So, I took the closest screwdriver and went to work popping those cushions off (much to Nick's dismay...he was worried about his screwdriver and my ability to use it.) But, I am my father's daughter, and I have quite a bit of handy dandiness to me, and those cushions popped right off.  Sure enough.  This would be an easy job.
I can even use a staple gun.

And so it was.  Our little chair got a makeover, and we found love in our hearts once again for her.  She will not be stashed away in the garage anymore, but rather, will be proudly displayed in our office as my desk chair.

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33 comments:

  1. you are so stinkin' creative. i love it.

    I'm embarassed to admit, but I think I have a pair of shorts in that same fabric. yowza.

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  2. I love that fabric- do you know what it is?

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  3. Cute fabric and great job! I've had that feeling before a Goodwill trip many a time :)

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  4. That looks amazing! Where did you find that fabric?

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  5. This is great!

    Can you explain how to disassemble it? Thanks!

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  6. I love this! I want to do this to my chair at work.

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  7. I love this. In fact I love it so much I ran back to Goodwill and bought the chair I'd seen the day before and did my own version. I've posted it on Pinterest. I don't have a blog yet, but I hope it will work to copy the link here: http://pinterest.com/pin/236884194/ Thanks fot yhe inspiration!

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  8. love this! i have a sad little Target office chair that I was hoping could be revived. And how I know how! thank you.

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  9. Hi!!! Is the same fabric but with different colors...I love this design and I have to say I love this grey and yellow one!!

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  10. Hey, really late to the post, but so happy I found it! We have a really tired desk chair that needs some love! Thanks for the inspiration to be a better steward of the things He gives us!

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  11. How can we find out where to get that fabric? Love it and your awesome idea!

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  12. Hi all! Thanks for all the encouraging compliments! I bought this fabric at Jo Ann but don't know what it is called. I would love to see other people's versions if you make one.

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  13. such great fabric.... i'm going to do this too. thanks for the inspiration.

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  14. that looks absolutely awesome!! such a boring office chair completely transformed!

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  15. Love the fabric----and such a great idea. For some reason those office chairs don't often get a great makeover, but they do need it.

    Becoming a follower.

    If you get a chance sometime, you'll have to stop by my blog.

    Melissa
    redflycreations.blogspot.com

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  16. This office chair is so cute. I could see sitting in it every day. Love the fabric!

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  17. That's a pretty nice work. I have one computer chair at my garage ready to send to goodwill now after reading your block I want to take it back!

    Thank you!

    http://craftmenot.blogspot.com

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  18. Teehee, I get way to attached to things as well.
    Nicely done on the office chair.
    I soooo need to do this to mine in my craft room....it has no material on the seat so I am using on of my daughters saranges, lol.

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  19. Amazing that a little facelift makes all the difference! I have been on the lookout for the "perfect" fabric to recover my desk chair (which is a dining room chair from the furniture store whose mates disappeared, and no one - but me, apparently - wants just one dining room chair). But I do adore that fabric you used, it really gave it life! :)

    Adrianne
    www.happyhourprojects.com

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  20. very pretty, I love the fabric! I am visiting from Happy Hour projects!

    Tamika @ www.notimefortea.com

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  22. How many yards of fabric did you need? Also is that a staple gun or a nail gun?

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  23. such a great idea,
    I have a desk chair i bought from walmart and the cheap fake leather is falling apart! I was thinking of trashing it, but now I don't have to.
    Thanks

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  24. love your post and fabric...i took one look at it and decided i was going to do that to my chair (i have the exact black one you have. it took me less than an hour. :)

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  25. Just found this post from piniterest. LOVE that you recovered your office chair and that you used just a fun fabric!! I'm your newest follower :)

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  26. It worries me that the first paragraph of this post indicates symptoms of a compulsive hoarder x.X (personifying objects, thereby rationalizing your guilt and denial to get rid of them) NEVERTHELESS, awesome idea. I'm totally trying it B) nice job, by the way! beautiful fabric!

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  27. Fantastic!!!! I've had a chair since 1982 that dad used in his home office. Now I can't wait until I find some fabric to cover it with. So excited.

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