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@simple~primitive~devotion said...

It turned out great! Definitely a unique piece now.


Kerri Arthur 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 (Terri Malinovich) 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 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 (Terri Malinovich) 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

Serendipity said...

Your chair looks fabulous!

Deb Riddell 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 ~ Berry Homespun Primitives 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!