Rockin' a new look!
- Wood glue & clamps
- Spray adhesive
- Staple gun
- Screwdriver & scraper (to remove old staples)
- Your favorite fabric
I found this mission style rocking chair at a thrift store for $30. I loved the look of it and we had been looking for something like it for a while. It was in pretty good shape, but needed a little tightening, so we reinforced the joints with wood glue & several clamps. Once we deemed it nice and sturdy (or should I say "not creaky"), I went to work on the seat cushion. I removed a couple layers of old stapled material with a flathead screwdriver and scraper tool. Once I got down to the base layer of the cushion, I discovered it was a blue vinyl. To ensure the final owl material would look clean and crisp, I decided to spray mount a white cotton fabric base layer down and staple the edges in place. For the finishing look, I stapled the owl material down as the top layer (~1 yard, found at Joann Fabric on sale).
With an added yellow toss pillow from Home Goods (for only $10), this rocker is rockin' a new look and it is ready for use. Comfy and cute for right around $50 total!
A dumpster chair & curbside dresser transformed.
This was a chair the Dumpster Dude found - in a dumpster, of course, and a dresser we found curbside. Here are some pics of how we transformed them both into brand new pieces. And Nate Berkus even thought they were cool (two pieces that appeared on his show).
Here is another dresser found curbside that we've transformed. We steamed off the veneer that was peeling up, sanded it down, primed it and painted it. It's a funky red/salmon color with mint green pulls. Love it!
Here are a few more examples of transformed pieces. It is so rewarding to take an item and turn it into something with personality.
Give old side tables a facelift by painting them and playing off their details. I see clunky dark brown hexigon and side tables everywhere. With a little paint and distressing around their curves, they turn into something sassy. Replace the hardware, too, with a colored or glass knob or whatever floats your boat.
Missing drawers? No problem. Just add baskets or create a shelf space with a fabric pattern that goes with your paint color.