Sunday, June 19, 2011

Bird is the Word!


As I'm sure you know by now, I love birdies and owls!  When I was buying the fabric at Jo-Ann to make my Summer wreath I passed by a cart full of gorgeous, bright fabrics!  I thought they would all look beautiful on a chair and I was ecstatic when I found a pair at an antique store.  Actually, I found one chair and my friend found the partner.

Once I brought the chairs home and began to remove the fabric I found another layer of fabric below.  This photo shows the top layer on the right, and the original fabric on the left.


The original fabric actually had a beautiful design on it - I dont' know why someone covered it with the horrid fabric they chose.  But, it wasn't my color and I am completely grossed out by old fabric, so I threw it all away! Uck! 

After I removed the seats I gave the chairs a good hand sanding then cleaned them real well.  I began hand painting a coat of white paint.  I soon discovered that 1) This was going to take an eternity and 2) The wood was beginning to bleed through.  So I make a quick trip to Lowe's and bought some spray paint primer and flat Valspar white spray paint.  That did the job!

Next chore was the seat.  I threw out the old cushioning - it practically crumbled in my hand when I took it off! Gross!  For the cushion I just used a mattress topper I had.  I layed the seats down and traced with a sharpie, then cut it out.  I did this twice to ensure the seat would be double thick and comfortable!


Then I layered on the batting, followed by the fabric.


The fabric is Dwell Studio for Robert Allen Home, Botany Flora, Hydrangea.  I got it at Jo-Ann Fabric.  It's thick and durable, but still comfortable to sit on.  Here they are all finished!

It has done nothing but rain for about 5 days (which we needed) so it was difficult to get real good photos.  I had a few minutes of moderate light so I had to run out on the patio before it began to rain again.






I love the chunky legs! So cute!




Here is a close-up of the fabric - see the sweet birdies!


I was going to post them on Craigslist, but I sold them before I could! None other than Ms. Mandy J purchased them!  Here they are in her foyer (excuse the bad photo - I left my camera at home and had to use my phone camera). The orange isn't quite as dark as it appears in these photos - the chairs looked PERFECT with the shade of orange!


And, as promised, here are some photos of her desk in her office. Again, excuse the poor photo quality! 


She painted this chair herself - it has crazy splatters of orange all over it (from her wall colors) - isn't it so funky! I think it looks great with her desk!



Lastly, here is my favorite part of her entire house!


Sigh - isn't that a gorgeous door!

Cheers!

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63 comments:

  1. the chairs are adorable! they have great features, but the fabric totally makes them!

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  2. Hi Katie! I love those chairs. You have such a great eye for color..so fun and fresh. Join me later for my summer paint projects, big party going on in blog land.

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  3. the chairs are beautiful,, I love the blue wuith the white,, just lovely

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  4. Your chairs looks great in white, and the fabric is fab! Have a great week!

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  5. the chairs turned out great.. love the fabric and i like the back of the chair it kinda reminds me of a crown!

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  6. The chairs came out great...I am in love with the Dwell Studio fabric that's at Joann. I think this blue is perfect. Thanks for visiting my blog...I'm following you now.

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  7. Love your bright and happy chairs! That fabric is just too cute!

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  8. Wow! Those chairs are amazing. You chose the PERFECT fabric.

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  9. I look at that fabric EVERY time I'm at Jo-Ann's. LOVE it! It's super cute with the white chairs.

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  10. These chairs look fantastic...nice change up. And the bird is the word, hahaha!

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  11. Love what you did with them chairs! Very beautiful with a touch of elegance!

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  12. Love the chair re-do, so fresh and charming too! Kudos to you!
    Cindy

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  13. Love the chairs but that table at the front door! That is the bomb.

    Thanks so much for the pics of the final room. Your friend really has a way with colour and that front door would have sold the house for me.

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  14. LOVE the chairs...there's just something so wonderful about white with a pop of bright blue!!

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  15. I love the chairs! So updated and fresh.

    Dee

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  16. I love those chairs and the color with the blue seats, they look very French Gothic and I liked how you changed it up

    Very nice Job

    Restoration Plantation

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  17. Love the chairs and I also love that cute yellow table. It all looks so good together. Great job!!!
    ladeedacreations.com
    following you

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  18. Your chairs came out beautiful!!The fabric is very pretty!
    I also re did a chair but for my husband. Stop by if you can....

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  19. Katie,
    I am loving the chairs, especially the sweet fabric! I also love that green desk....nice! Thanks for visiting my page and leaving a comment about my painted rug. Definitely a cheap way to brighten up or patio!
    Beth

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  20. Totally adorable chairs :) I so need to try something new with my boring collection of dining room chairs. I'd love to try a cushion recover. Your project is so inspiring :) Thanks for dropping by for a quick hello and thanks for sharing this awesome project ~diane at home sweet homemade

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  21. Those chairs look great and what cute fabric!

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  22. The chairs are so pretty! I love the fabric you chose.

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  23. Beautiful job, Katie! I love chair makeovers...it could become an addiction! ;) They look awesome in Mandy's house and I want that front door! haha

    Have a wonderful week!

    Roeshel

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  24. Katie, those chairs are beautiful! And that fabric is gorgeous!! I missed you and I'm so glad to be back! I'll write you a long email later this week :-)

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  25. Oh, I'm in love with those chairs! Well done!
    --Leigh

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  26. What a great improvement! I love the colors you chose!!!

    Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Warrior Link Party.

    Anna
    www.askannamoseley.com

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  27. They look gorgeous, that fabric is incredible, I need to get some!

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  28. Gorgeous! I'm officially keeping an eye out for some old chairs! Thanks for sharing. I'm just stopping by from The Handmade Hog.

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  29. Oh my gosh Katie. You are so talented!!! Thank you for linking up! I would love these chairs for my daughters room!!

    xoxo Hanna

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  30. Amazing!! I love the color choices.

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  31. Gorgeous chairs!! I love the fabric!

    Melissa

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  32. Those chairs finally fell into the right hands! They don't even look the same! BEAUTIFUL JOB!!

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  33. Wow! You party a lot. J/K These turned out beautiful. I love the turquoise fabric. Great job.

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  34. Great looking pair of chairs! Love the fabric you used. (and I love seeing the big ol green desk with the orange walls! ;D!)

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  35. The chairs turned out great! That fabric is adorable.

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  36. Fabulous redo! Nice work! Jen @ www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

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  37. I just discovered your lovely blog. I'm just new into blogging this year & have just finished off my own daily blog on fashion, food, travel & interior design.
    http://scrapbook-melissah.blogspot.com/
    I had a lot of fun putting it together maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.
    x
    Melissah

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  38. Love the chairs! The legs are great! Too bad I don't live near you, I would love to buy your furniture...

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  39. Oh how I love a set of matching chairs! You did them beautifully!

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  40. Well what more needs to be said....I really like the chairs and the chunky legs :)

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  41. Hi! Following from a Glimpse Inside. Your chairs turned out beautiful. Love the fabric. Would love to have you link this up at my link party going on over on my blog. :)

    Ginger
    gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

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  42. Beautiful rework for those antiques! Thank you for linking to Handy Man Crafty Woman Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

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  43. Your chairs are stunning! And I love that you call them "birdies" and not birds. I also do that! Too funny! Keep up the great work - I'll be checking back in! :-)

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  44. love these! they really do look great in her space!

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  45. Beautiful!

    Hi, Besides a weekly anything goes link party, I have a new ongoing free give away link party now too. Share your give aways or enter to win.
    Hope to see you soon at http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/

    Come strut your stuff!

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  46. Wow, those chairs really were given a breath of fresh air. They look so modern now, well done! Stopping by from SS.

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  47. adorable....i'm going to feature these on my friday's post! http://beachhouseinthecity.blogspot.com

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  48. Wow, the chairs look so fresh and pretty! And again, the desk..... omg!

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  49. I'm dying over those chunky little legs too! They turned out great!

    Found you from Fingerprints on the Fridge. ;)

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  50. Those chairs are FAB!! Wonderful facelift makeovers!

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  51. one day i will get the nerve to do this myself. the chairs look so fabulous and funky in their new digs!

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  52. They turned out lovely!! Did YOU have any animals trying to sniff that old fabric? Ha! Ick!

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  53. I hate old fabric, too! Yuck! At the very least, I HAVE to cover it up. And those chairs are gorgeous! I can't get over that fabric!

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  54. The chairs turned out so great. White and blue is just so classic.

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  55. Love the combo of the cream'ified chairs and the cheery teal fabric. I'm putting your chairs in the PoPP Spotlight. Thanks for linking up.

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  56. Great makeover!! Love it! :)
    Thank you so much for linking to {nifty thrifty things} last week!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  57. Love, love, love your chairs! Stopping in by way of 504 Main - and so glad I found you!
    Susan

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  58. 1.) I'm terribly jealous that you have had tons of rain! We're dry as a bone!
    2.) Am in love with the fabric you chose...just lovely!
    3.) Your chairs are to die for!
    Thanks so much for linking to the Tuesday To Do Party!
    Smiles!
    Jami

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  59. What a makeover! They came out great, I absolutely love the fabric you picked!

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  60. I love these chairs. I am really into that bright blue color. You did a beautiful job. I am a new follower here. mylilpumpkinpatch.blogspot.com

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  61. Cute makeover! They are beautiful. Thanks for linking with air your laundry Friday! xo Jami

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