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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

My $15 Frenchy Chair Redone

Remember the really pretty frenchy chair I found at Goodwill for $15. See post here.  Well when I got back from Oregon, I could hardly wait to start on it.  I put it here by the dresser just to get it out of the road while I was gone, but it is really crowded on this wall next to the settee.

The cushion and seat were in decent condition and the fabric was perfect for my bedroom, but the arms really needed to be redone and the wood was really dry and scratched.  I still want to get a new piece of foam and recover the cushion, but for now the arms are the worst.

So, out came the drop cloth and some walnut stain and I went to town.  First I removed the upholstery from the arms, I have a fabric that will coordinate with the cushion so I am going to use it.  There must have been a million (exaggeration) staples in these two little arms.

 See how dry and worn the wood in.  The top flowers are almost raw wood

 MinWax Walnut stain to the rescue.  It looks so much better.  (See that ugly dirty fabric is gone from the arms.)

 Now the top flowers are the same color as the back of the chair.

 I know the flowers look dark, but overall, this is the color of the wood.

Major improvement already.  I saved the fabric from the arms to use as a pattern.  Now to let this dry overnight and then I can recover it.

I found this fabric at JoAnn's and it was the perfect color match to the cushion.  I bought 1/4 yard, so only $5.00.

Here's the nasty worn piece that I removed.  Great for a pattern.

If I am going to do very much of this, I really need a better stapler, however, this did the trick.

Next I glued some gimp on that I also found at JoAnn's.  Perfect color too.  Does a wonderful job of hiding my bad staple job.

All done, this chair is so much better now.

Remember this chair that I use to have here in the master bedroom,

well, I think this is a really fabulous upgrade don't you?

Yes, I moved the gold and silver garden stool over here too and added a pillow from the settee.

I showed you my newest garden stool that I found here,

 so of course it had to go here, perfect isn't it.  See how nice it looks.

The soft aqua makes the bedroom look so much cooler for these really, really hot summer days.

 I think the chair compliments the rest of the room, don't you?

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  1. Looks great Marty. Perfect for your room. Nice match up with the fabric.

  2. I really like your found French country chair . I think its lines work well with what you done to your room.

    Wood dries out here, especially if one sets it by a window.

  3. Oh Marty - it could not be more perfect or more you!!!! Such a great addition to your room and hooray for you for giving the arm rests a facelift - they look terrific. Jane

  4. Marty, that is the perfect chair for your room. You did a great job on the redo!

  5. It's just lovely Marty and looks perfect in your bedroom! I love the cool blue color.
    Nice work...:)

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  6. Great job Marty! The trim really gives it a nice finished edge. Have a great day, Lori

  7. You are a real GENIUS Marty!!! The chair looks almost brand-new now!!!! Your bedroom is so beautiful, just perfect!

  8. My goodness Marty. What a find. And what an amazing transformation. Great job. Have a wonderful week.


  9. WOW!!!!

    VERY well done, Marty- what an amazing frugal thrifty chair - you gave it a wonderful new life.

    Everything looks awesome.

  10. Beautiful! Nice job of making a different fabric work and look intentional. Your changes look wonderful, Marty.

  11. Gorgeous! I love it & yes it goes perfectly in your room!

  12. Beautiful job, Marty! I love that the arms are covered in coordinating fabric. It looks elegant in your room!

  13. Love it! Great job! That chair was such a steal!! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  14. Oh Marty, you did a beautiful job on your chair!! Quite a lovely transformation, and it looks so pretty in your room.
    Mary Alice

  15. I love that chair. You did a great job and the gimp is wonderful! It fits your room perfectly.

  16. I love french chairs, and you did an incredible job on this one. It looks fabulous and it fits perfectly next to the armoire. That gimp sure came in handy - I will have to remember that!
    Thanks, Patty

  17. Great work on your new chair Marty. I really like the blues you've added to your bedroom too. Thanks for sharing and blessings to you, Patti

  18. Your new chair looks like it was made for the room. Love the addition of the pillow.

  19. your chair is so beautiful in your room. what a gorgeous makeover. I so love these French chairs. I missed out on a divine one yesterday - pale mint green velvet upholstered. it was very beautiful also. Oh well, next time. Fiona xx

  20. I love this chair-it looks wonderful in your master bedroom. You did a great job on the arms too.

  21. Beautiful!


  22. great job on the chair. wonderful idea in covering up the staples

  23. Beautiful re-do of the chair! Love the wood finish & fabric choice. Your $15 GW chair looks like a million dollars.


  24. What a great job you did! Love the colors would love it if you came by and shared it at Share it One More Time.

  25. Looks beautiful and a perfect style for your bedroom. Great job ! Thanks for sharing.

  26. It's just beautiful Marty! What a deal! :-)

  27. Marty she turned out just beautifully and has found the perfect spot!

  28. I love the changes you made to your French chair, Marty--it's beautiful in your bedroom! The stain and new fabric made a huge difference :)

  29. The chair turned out beautiful...and I knew that it would. I love the color blue you have chosen to use, Marty. Gorgeous!

  30. I like your "new" French chair. The rich colour of the wood is very cosy and it's perfect with the light colour of the fabric.

  31. the upgrades in color and material make it look like new. lovely home.

  32. Your new chair looks wonderful, Marty. I love most Frenchy furniture pieces.

  33. Marty,

    This is GORGEOUS!!!!


  34. Turned out beautifully!!! Love the color!!~~Angela

  35. Wow! what a gorgeous transformation of your Frenchy chair, Marty! Love love love the embossed fabric you chose and all the delicate aqua touches in the bedroom :) Beautiful transformation as always and oh how I missed them......with so much going on in my life lately, had been unable to keep up with blogging but it feels so nice to be back visiting again with lots of catching up to do. Thanks for letting us peek into your latest project! Hugs,Poppy

  36. The chair is gorgeous! You did a wonderful job updating it.

  37. That chair definitely compliments the rest of the room - it's perfect! You did a great job on it. It looks just gorgeous now!

  38. Marty, great update on the Goodwill chair. The stain and new arm covers made it just gorgeous.

  39. Beautiful frenchy chair, Marty! Great job on the arms and finish. I am so happy to see you joining the Open House party.

  40. Marty, this is an amazing transformation! I love your chair! You always find the best deals! Love this piece!

  41. did an incredible job on the chair...yes, it looks great in the room...and love the pops of aqua you added...So beautiful!

  42. Marty,
    Amazing transformation. . .not only to the chair, but the corner of your bedroom, as well!
    The Frenchy chair brings out the hues of your exquisite art work above splendidly!
    Love the new fabric for the arms!!!
    I agree, this chair needed some Walnut stain to bring it into it's former beauty!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  43. Your chair turned out beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us at our Thursdays Favorite Things Hop.

  44. What a fabulous chair and that price is wonderful. You really made her look new again! Thanks for sharing at TTF this week.


  45. What a bargain and so much style for a low $15.00. Great going. Kathy

  46. What a great chair. I love it and it looks wonderful in your room.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

  47. What a great find! I wish I could find something like that at Goodwill. You did a great job re-covering the arms, too!

  48. What a beautiful chair Marty! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  49. Soo love that chair Marty!! You did a fantastic job on it~ sharing at the party this week- thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  50. Marty,
    The updated French chair is perfect for your bedroom. You did a wonderful job restoring the wood and replacing the arm covers.


  51. Wonderful transformation. I have a rescue chair like this of my own, and I'm saving your tutorial to follow when I make mine over, too. Mine is upholstered with corduroy fabric, if you can believe it. Definitely not "Frenchy" and fabulous, but I hope it will be, just like yours.

    And I think we may be stapler sisters separated at birth.

  52. What a steal for $15~ your makeover is fabulous!

  53. You did a great job and you made it look easy. I can imagine how mine would look though... I am not gifted at all when it comes to doing something like that.. :)