Thrifting Thursday – make overs

One of my favorite things to thrift is something very cheap that can easily be made over. I really needed some extra chairs for this last Crafternoon so I was on the lookout that week while thrift shopping. My sister pointed out this chair that was for sale for $1.

It was covered in some bad brown vinyl and had a few rips, but it also looked like it would be easy to unscrew and re-cover which is exactly what I did! I used the fabric Kelly Lee-Creel Storybook Lane Cuckoo Clocks which I love. I had a half yard which worked out perfectly. If you have any thrift shop before/afters please link them in a comment, I’d love to see!

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12 Responses to Thrifting Thursday – make overs

  1. Debbie says:

    LOVE IT!!!

  2. Ivonne says:

    what kind of fabric did you use for the recover? vinyl? either way it looks great! I really need to go antique/thrifting soon. I am jonesin!

  3. annette says:

    is that the paper crane napkin holder from target? I love that thing. I spied that, but couldn’t justify buying it. I love the chair make over. You are so darn awesome. We do alot of DIY and refurbishing around here too, I just need to get better about blogging about it. I am new to the blogging thing, and I’m having a hard time remembering to document everything, and it’s just not the same without pictures. I’ve been reading your blog for years, and I find it all so inspiring.

  4. Terrific job of making a boring chair into one that’s really special! Crochet is my craft and lately I’m loving this trend towards covering up old stools with crocheted slipcovers. You’ve shown another option for a similar thing.

  5. Missy says:

    God your blog is just EXHILARATING, Heidi!
    The life you lead couldn’t POSSIBLY be more lovely!
    Can’t thank you enough for how much of a boost each entry gives me. *Mwa!*

  6. Rachel says:

    What a great makeover. I have a chair I want to redo but I’m not sure if it would be as easy to recover as yours but um not giving up yet. I just love yours.

  7. Thanks Rachel, I am sure you could do it! I know what you mean though, some chairs are just much more complicated to re-cover. I had one chair I was going to re-do for a long time but it had square screws (canadian) and I never could find a screw driver, so I ended up donating it back :-/

  8. Oh Missy you are always the sweetest thing, ever!! I wish you had a blog so I could peek in more often and see all the fun you get up to! I know just from your Flickr what an amazing time you must have :)

  9. crochetblogger, thanks! I love the look of crocheted tops for stools–thats great!!

  10. Annette, yes it is! I actually kind of wish I bought the white one, bc the blue blends into my cabinet haha but oh well. I figured I didn’t have an actual napkin holder–and it was a paper crane, so I had to haha. Thanks so much for the comments on the recover, I feel like now that I have been blogging for more then 9 years it just sort of comes naturally to take photos of everything. Thankfully it also makes a nice way to look back on the things we did years ago :)

  11. Ivonne, it was just a cotton quilting fabric, so it is possible it won’t hold up for years and years, but by then I would probably want to re-cover it again any way haha

  12. Anna says:

    I have a remake! I got this desk from craigslist almost six years ago (there’s a before photo linked in that post), and I finally got around to refinishing it this spring. The chair came from a thrift store, and that was another sanding/staining project. (The triangle wall wasn’t thrifted, of course, but that was a long DIY project, too.) I love how your chair came out!