Garbage chair restored

Okay, yes. Sometimes I garbage pick. But it’s not like I’m dumpster diving. If you are driving down the street, and it’s garbage day, and someone has kicked to the curb some crap that could be cool, what’s a girl to do? If you said “stop the car and grab that crap,” you are correct, sir.

Case in point, this chair:

C’mon now. You can see the potential here, right? Look at the lines it’s got going on!
Let’s forget for a minute it had the most hideous cushion with wet and moldy fabric (damask velvet in green and blue – but not the good kind of green and blue …it was avocado and navy).

Once we detached the offending seat, this chair was a good blank canvas for almost any color, and almost any fabric, right?

Right! That’s what I told Hubby the three times he wanted to throw the whole thing out.

When we finally got around to this rehab during our two week dining room make over (we’ll talk about that later), it was a snap to make this crap cool.

First we painted – one coat of Behr Paint Plus Primer and two coats of Behr “Glacier Bay.”

So pretty, right?

Next we antiqued with sand paper and Minwax Early American (see a tutorial on antiquing process we use here).

Just a little chipping for depth and texture.

Then Hubby cut a piece of plywood to match the original seat cushion wood (which was VERY moldy), and had a piece of foam cut to size at a local fabric store.

Lastly, we wrapped the new cushion in spiffy new striped fabric, reattached it …

Fabric scored on sale! This remnant was $9.

and voila!

Not so crappy anymore!

I think this time I garbaged-picked a winner.

Beach-y cool colors.

Go ahead and take a seat (from the garbage). You’ll be glad you did.

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