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Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Comfy Cast-off OR A Turqouise Transformation

I really like alliteration. Better get used to it.

Though I am an extreme newbie to blogging (having only begun within the last hour) I have spent many-an-hour on many-a-day pouring over the blogs of wonderful, creative, and entertaining women. Women who, I must say, I feel like I know. I've been incredibly inspired by likes of Miss Mustard Seed, Holly of Life in the Fun Lane and White Berry, and Lisa at Recaptured Charm, each of whom have been able to forge a business out of beautifying old furniture and who have inspired me to do the same.

Today I'm linking this post to one of the first blogs I started regularly reading, Infarrantly Creative. Beckie is having one of her regular "Roadkill Rescue" parties, and I was so excited to get this project done just in the nick of time to participate! I'm also participating on Do It Yourself Day at A Soft Place to Land (because, let's face it, everyone else is too.)

I got this sad little mauve velour covered chair from the free section of our local craigslist.

I saw lots of potential in it's turned spindles and wingback shape and, let me tell you, this puppy is COMFY!! It seems like everywhere I look these days, turquoise shows it's happy little face. It's so fresh and fun and cheery. I've been dying to paint something turquoise for a while now and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Here's she is after:

I used unbleached muslin to do the upholstery. I really like the nubbly oatmeal feel of it. It's really natural, kind of like burlap, but MUCH nicer to rest your buns on! Can I get an Amen?
I did a smoke glaze over the turquoise paint. The only thing it still needs is a little back pillow in a fun turqouise and brown print, then it'll be poifect!!!!

Thanks Beckie for being an inspiration! Thanks to all you other Roadkill Rescuers for dropping by! Lot's more to come... (I've got a garage full of projects, all I need is more time...or a clone... whichever...)

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Thanks for reading!


  1. AMEN!! (About the burlap!) Love this! I really love everything about it. Welcome to blogging too!

  2. That is one of the best redos I've seen. I love the color of the chair and the cover you made is amazing.

    I'm hosting a party and would love to have you link this up!


  3. Thanks Carolyn! I'll head over to your place and link up there as well!

  4. Thanks for all the sweet things you said about me. You can stalk me anytime. Be still my heart that is AWESOME!!! It turned out perfect.

  5. This is just beautiful, you did an sewing job!

  6. Just how cute is that. I love the color and the cushions are soooo cute!

  7. SO CUTE! What a wonderful piece of furniture!

    I hope you will stop by my blog and enter my giveaway.

  8. great job! I actually had one of these chairs dropped off to me (by my niece) and I ended up putting it to the curb, cause I do NOT like to sew and just didn't want to tackle it.
    yours looks great!

  9. What a great job! I saw a chair almost like that and wanted it so bad! But I have no room whatsoever, so I didn't get it. Now I wish I had.

  10. You done a wonderful job on this chair and the cushions. Just gorgeous.

  11. What a pretty transformation...love the color and especially the buttons you put on the back cushion!

  12. Thanks for everyone's wonderful encouragement and for making the start of this blog and business so exciting!

  13. This chair is so beautiful. I'm so glad you linked up to Make it Yours day!

  14. Welcome! What a great project!

    : )

    Julie M.

  15. Awesome chair! Adore that color too!

  16. WOW!! I love this chair! I can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve! :)

  17. Ann Marie... love this chair, love the blog, excited to see lots more beautiful projects! :)

  18. Ok...in all honesty, I thought this chair looked pretty hopeless. I'm not a fan of that 1970's kind of look, but you really proved me wrong. The chair looks so nice in the aqua and the cushions you made really take it to the next level.

  19. You are so talented. I am in awe!

    Thanks for linking it up to my party!!!


  20. Love this!
    I have a table that I'm planning on painting turquoise, could you share more about the glaze you used. Where do I find it? How do I apply it?
    Thanks, Kim


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