Okay, so the title post is maybe a little too much...but after much deliberation, I decided it was the "right" title for this one. Afterall, it, and Sir Mix-A-Lot's "I Like Big Butts and I Cannot Lie" are the two songs that have popped into my head ever since we met...
A couple weeks ago I went to an estate sale and found lots of goodies, met a great new friend (Hi Dana!), and left feeling certain that Hubs would yet again be ready to kill me. The woman who had lived in this house was certainly a collector of great things, and I was really excited to take a few of them home. This little chair was the last piece I found. It was in the garage, covered with a blanket, and I almost missed her. I'm so glad I lifted that blanket to take a peek.
Did you just gasp, and murmur a "Yuck" about my cute little find? Well, that's okay, you're not alone. She was certainly feeling pretty down in the dumps when I found her, but I knew she could be beautiful again with a little make-up, and some new clothes, so I got to work.
Okay, now she's starting to make me think of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Worn, off the street, used and abused, but now modernized with a little attention...and some red.
I started a little backwards, and painted her legs first since I knew all the upholstery was coming off anyway, and I didn't want to worry about covering whatever salvageable padding may have been under there. Then I stripped her down, took all her staples out, and made sure she was structurally sound.
I think there were about a billion staples in this chair. My tendinitis is definitely flaring up after all the removal that went on with this project!
I was really happy to find that under all that thick, dirty upholstery, the padding was in great condition and I was able to reuse all of it.
I chose the color combination and fabric based totally off the awesome redo at Two Thirty Five Designs. I've loved her chairs ever since seeing them featured on Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday back in May.
I saved all the old fabric to use as templates, and numbered them as I removed them. Then, when the time came to put them back on, I just did it in reverse order. Because this is such a busy week for me, I didn't take pictures all the way through, so we'll skip right to her debut.
Here she is...my "fat bottomed girl"...
My "Pretty Woman"...
My little slipper chair that makes me bust out in, "I like big butts and I cannot lie!"
Isn't she cute?
I still have to scotch guard her, and do some very tiny touch up's on her legs, but she's going to look great next to the little French end table, and lamp I've been working on for my booth.
It's so exciting to see a chair come back to life with a little paint and some fabric. I hope she's well-received by visitors to my booth. I didn't use the typical style that I'm going for with all my other pieces, but I think she'll coordinate fine in a little nook area I have in mind. We'll see how it goes!
Until next time...