true love

This chair was sitting on the curb, patiently waiting for the garbage man to pick it up...but guess who found it first?
That's right.
My husband.

It stunk & I hated it & did not want it in my house.
He washed it up & fixed a board on it. We really needed a chair in our living room, so I let it stay for a little while. For a while I covered it with a blanket, but even that couldn't hide its ugliness.
(It makes the picture look better when the house is a disaster, doesn't it! haha)

Then the hubs got the idea that I should "recover it." Pshhhhh! Yeah right, I got my sewing machine a month after we got the chair & never sewed a thing in my entire life.

But then I went to JoAnn's & found some adorable fabric...& finally decided I would take on the challenge.
I must say, I am VERY pleased with the finished product.
I never knew I could love something I hated so much!
And this is true love.
I did piping on it & don't be afraid, it is actually quite easy. I even put two zippers on both cushions, piece-a-cake. Once I finally decided what I color I should paint it & finally got around to it, I just did one light coat of black. If you look closely you can see the wood through.
I love how it turned out.

This weekend I am painting our also *free* TV stand.

Lesson learned:
Free things aren't so bad, you just have to look for the beauty in the item.
And now I am always looking for free (or cheap) furniture to refurbish.


  1. Mary, this looks fantastic! I think you are just great and am amazed at all this stuff your pulling out! You and Matt will have a lot of fun memories.

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. This chair turned out just beautiful! I love it now, you did such a great job!

  3. It looks great! I can't believe you hadn't ever sewn anything. You are naturally talented! Wow!

  4. Mary- you have the best ideas I love looking at your blog, you are so cute and creative!

  5. Mary! That is a remarkable transformation! Props to you, it looks beautiful!

  6. Love, love, LOVE it Mary!!! You are so talented!

  7. Mary, I am amazed! I was skeptical, but this turned out awesome! How did you cover the cushion? I don't think I would ever be able to do that without some sort of pattern. Did you use a spray paint or a brush?

  8. Thanks everyone for all the nice comments!
    I used normal paint & actually used some polyurethane over it, just because I used some cheap paint. And no I didn't use a pattern, I've never used one & am not sure how it would work out if I did.

  9. Wow! I am so impressed, you covered those cushions perfectly! And the paint just give it wow!

  10. Great, great job!!! I am soooo driving my neighborhood for some trashed furniture to fix up... lol. :)

  11. You did a great job on this project. Love trash to treasures! I see you like to craft, come check out my Witches Hat Transformation.

  12. That is quite a transformation! I LOVE the fabric!

  13. Guess your husband has a good eye or just got lucky!! That chair turned out really nice!! Good job!

  14. I think your chair turned out fabulous. You would never have expected that result driving by the original chair on the street. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Wow! I would not have guessed that beautiful chair was hiding underneath all of that ugliness! So cute, and I'm impressed with your re-covering skills, amazing!!