Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New And Improved!

Early in the spring I found a chair at a thrift store for $4 that had good bones, was sturdy, and very comfortable to sit in. I purchased it and brought it home so I could revive it with a little paint and a little rug hooking. I finally got it finished and wanted to share it with you.

First I removed the existing seat and used liquid sandpaper to take the shine off the old finish so a new coat of paint would stick. I used spray paint, but after I was done I wished that I had used regular paint and a brush - oh well!  Then I had to decide on a design for the new seat. I got my inspiration from reading Joanne's blog at Snippets and Scraps of My Mind who was making some really scrappy little rugs. I love that I got to use up a lot of my worms and yet make such a nice rug at the same time.

I had planned to put this up in my studio and use it when I hook my rugs, but I think it's going to stay in the living room to be used as extra seating when we have several people over to visit. The hooking makes for a nice padded seat and I think folks will like it! Here's a picture of what the chair looked like before I started the re-do.

I saw this cool old shoe rack at the antique store yesterday - sure wish I had room for it in my studio - it would look so nice loaded full of wool!


Plumruncreek ♥ said...

Love your chair!!!! It's perfect!!

carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

It turned out great! Definitely a unique piece now.


Calico Rabbit said...

What a makeover on that chair!
you did a great job.


Brenda said...

Your chair is looking great!! Please tell me where I can find liquid sandpaper? Never heard of this before.


woolwoman said...

Love that shoe rack - I could use one of those as well. Your chair turned out beautifully - I wish I could find a bench seat like that for my studio. Melody

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Good job on the chair! And I have always loved these old shoe racks, too! Haven't seen one for sale in a long time!!

Karen~The Barely There Primitive Bear said...

Wow, your chair looks awesome!
I sure love the seat cover you

Bear Hugs~Karen

KJ McLean said...

So pretty! I love the colours!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Outstanding job!!! I love it, Gayle!

Jen Manuell said...

It looks great....and the finishing is fabulous. Well done! ;-)

Kim said...

Love love love what you did with that chair. The hooked seat is perfect. Awesome

Rugs and Pugs said...

Gayle ~
Your chair looks great and you got to use lots of woolley worms!
Are you sure you can't fing a spot for the shoe rack. It would look so wonderful holding wool!
Pug hugs :)

Tony Latham - totally-hooked.blogspot.com said...


What a fabulous make over!
Your chair looks wonderful.
Very creative and imaginative!
Really lovely.

Joanne said...

Oh Gayle the rug is wonderful! You did a great job - love the hit and miss effect like that - that re-do is great too on the chair - you gave it a new life!

Oh man if i lived closer I would snap up that cobbler's rack. I have one - but it's about 4 feet wide - Love it for my wool - i keep all my hand dyes on it - could use another one! LOL

Nedra said...

Beautiful job on the chair, Gayle. Does Barry appreciate what a thrifty deal finder you are? I'm guessing he does, knowing what a great man he is.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Your chair is so great! I would love to have that rack in my room, too! It's great!

Deb said...

Gayle - your chair looks absolute awesome. You did a wonderful job! I love the shoe rack too.

Mimi Sue said...

Very cute Gayle! That shoe rack is adorable. Where did you see it? Mimi

Cristin@ Serendipity said...

Your chair looks fabulous!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Fabulous makeover, I love your design for the chair seat! Just discovered your blog and have become a follower, can't wait to see more of your creations! Thanks for following me as well!
Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art

Angie Berry said...

Oh my word Gayle! That is beautiful!! What an amazing transformation you made from that chair! I love the idea of using up scraps for the hooking... it turned out beautiful! Way to go, girl!