Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fat bottomed girls... a slipper chair redo.

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...



47 comments:

  1. Oh.My.Word. I LOVE it!!!! Totally fabulous! I want her in my house!!! :) Fantastic job!!

    evie @ brown paper packages

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  2. Awesome Job KAYLA!! Im so glad you found her at my sale. You are a genius and saw exactly what she was hiding underneath! Happy Hunting!

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  3. holy guacamole!!! she is one lucky chair to have found you! and you're selling her??? are you NUTSO??

    my first visit (from crafty...) and i'm impressed..and following!

    amy

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  4. gorgeous! that fabric mixed with the red is an awesome killer combination!

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  5. Nice - you 'do' colour so well, it's gorgeous!

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  6. WOW! This is amazing. You did such a great job and I'm super impressed. Love the color combo you chose.

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  7. Stunning!! Now this is a big butt I wouldn't mind having :) Terrific restyle!

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  8. LOVE this! I have done a few small pieces, but yours does look so much more professional. The color scheme is fun, and how could anyone feel depressed with that little thing in the room?

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  9. My jaw is on the FLOOR. Amazing! And I looove me some Fat Bottom girls song!

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  10. I am in love!

    I would love for you to link you chair up at mi party... I hope to see you there!

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  11. THAT. IS. GORGEOUS!!! So well done. I'm about to bite off my first real re-upholstering project, and this piece is a great inspiration!

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  12. It is gorgeous!! I love the fabric and the pop of red. Amazing transformation.

    Ruth

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  13. ....baby's got back!

    Nice redo!

    Thanks for sharing today :D

    Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed's linky party tonight,
    Suzanne in NW Illinois

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  14. WOWZER! this is one amazing transformation. I love the red, the fabric and the little stool next to the chair. I know it was a lot of work, but so worth it!

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  15. Wow,does not describe how awesome this is!
    Connie

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  16. thank you for linking up. i LOVE this!! You are so talented.

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  17. That is a beauty! You did an awesome job!

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  18. She is such a showoff! Wow! You will have a difficult time making her sit still as she will probably be doing a happy dance all the time! Great job!

    I have just become you newest fan and follower! Hope you will consider same!

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  19. Wow! Quite the makeover. I'm impressed with your ambition. That chair looks amazing now.

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  20. This is an awesome makeover! I love the red legs! It just pops! I love it!

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  21. I am stopping back by to say thank your for linking you fantastic chair to Potpourri Friday! Hope you will make this a weekly party stop!

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  22. That song is going to be stuck in my head now ;-) GREAT makeover!

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  23. HOLY CRAP....that is beautiful!!! I may be painting my couch legs mustard yellow now. I make slipcovers professionally, so I am addicted to cute shaped chairs as well. I have always loved the "lady shaped" chairs.

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  24. wow! do I admire someone who can upholster. Bravo!

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  25. OMG, I love it. You do a fantastic job. Great color and I love the little red stool you have it sitting next to. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

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  26. Hey ya, thanks for the shout out on my entry chairs. So many people have loved them, you did a fabulous job! Well done!

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  27. Such an awesome chair! You did a fabulous job. Just found your lovely blog via Coastal Charm and am your newest follower.

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  28. I love it. You did an amazing job. I found you from Better After. I'm off to look at your other projects.

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  29. Beautiful transformation! I have a black and red theme going on in my basement that I don't love, but I have to work with it. Adding a chair like this would be perfect down there and it'd be a piece I actually love for the room - I have just the perfect chair that is in need of a makeover. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  30. Ohhh my goodness this is wonderful! Thank you so much for linking up to crafty scrappy happy (via pb and J stories) I really REALLY hope you will come back and link up again! I am completely inspired!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

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  31. Just so lovely. I noticed you didn't keep the buttons. I've been considering a redo for my grandmother's loveseat, but the buttons, or tufting or whatever you call it, have me stymied. Thanks for the great post.
    best from Tunisia,
    nadia

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  32. O.M.G! She's awesome - love the new fabric and paint!

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  33. Ahhh you uncovered her and gave her a new life, what a sweet story. ;)

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  34. Great job there, I really appreciate it. I immediately became a follower after seeing what you've done. I will be honored if you also visit my blog: Sibel-ish, from Turkey:)

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  35. Wow Kayla this is awesome! You did a fabulous job and you took fantastic photos!

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  36. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the shiny red legs. I'm visiting from Saavy Southern Style. I'm a new follower now!

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  37. Sweet, Kayla. Great redo on this find!

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  38. Awesome re-do! I love givinf tired old chairs new life, this one is amazing. Found you through Better After. I;m your newest follower!

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  39. Be still my heart. Utterly SPECTACULAR transformation...how can you BEAR to PART with this beauty!?

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  40. "I like big butts and I cannot lie!"

    I would love to make a comment about how you have inspired me with that gorgeous chair but I have fallen over so dead from laughing too hard! After I pick myself up off the floor and cleaned the coffee that came through my nose off my keyboard I intend to follow your blog. Thank you so much for the laughter this morning. You have brightened my heart.

    God Bless.

    Cassandra from 'A Renaissance Woman'

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  41. Hi Kayla...

    Ohhh yes...she ceratinly is a beauty! She has great lines!!! Love the beautiful black and white patterned fabric that you chose! And...I love, love, LOVE that you trimmed it out in that gorgeous red! Soooo pretty! Thank you for sharing your new beauty with us!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari

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  42. I found your chair via Better After... and I have to say, I am smitten! It is gorgeous and I love the modern, funky fabric with the red! Great work. :)

    Megan

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  43. Love the shape of your chair! And you know I love the fabric and color combo, lol! Your blog is great! I've actually read your post before and cant believe I didnt come accross this chair! I actually just reposted it on cl the other day and lowered the price but I think as much as it is an eye catcher, it has to either match the decor or be the decor haha. Congrats on selling yours! Where is your booth?? I love your stuff! (and jealous that you have a space ;-)

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  44. Just found your blog- LOVE what you did to the chair!

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  45. what color is the paint?

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