Friday, July 1, 2011

Hairy Chair-y

Recently, a girlfriend of mine asked me to help her "re-do"  a chair she nabbed from her parents house. She, being more contemporary, wanted a completely different change from the 1981 look that the chair featured.
Loving a new project, I happily obliged.

Whoa, is all I gotta say.

She brought over a cute, squat, cane-back club chair. It still had good bones, but a butt-ugly seat.

She told me she was going to "shock me" , but she was looking for a "new, neutral finish, with a hairy seat". Had I seen that before, she asked?
After much ham-hawing, yes, yes I think I had.

I pulled up The Nester page and showed said friend about a fur covered chair, recently completed. 

Was that the look she was going for?

YES!!, was her exuberant cry!

We went to work. We drove all over Memphis looking for the right kind of faux fur fabric. Something with a thick nap to it. We tried craft stores, fabric stores, and drapery shops.

Teensy side note and reader review: Do NOT go into Calico Corners of Memphis looking less than put together. I am not sure if it was my bare summer legs or day old pedicure that offended them. They gave us the snub. I wanted to come to the store later in the day, Julia Roberts style (in Pretty Woman), with bags in tow and shout "Big Mistake".

We FINALLY found the fabric of choice at the second Hobby Lobby. We officially dubbed the pitiful, on-sale, bathroom rug  "Project Seat Cover".

Now at home, how on earth were we to attach the darn thing?
Enter: my black belt in Hot Gluing.
So, yeah, we just hot glued it to the seat. She didn't want it finished on the underside, so that was fine with me.

Very fuzzy, but you get the idea.

After we "covered" it,  we plopped it back in the chair and admired our work.

Well, she LOVES it, to the say the least. To me, it looks like a hairy chair. But I am glad if that is what she was going for.
 We're going to go back and paint it another day. She is thinking distressed white, or gray, perhaps? Still deciding..
Here's to hoping it all comes together.

Linking up @ Six Sisters


Lara said...

Ha! Your friend knows what she likes and she's gonna go for it! I like that!

What color do you think she'll paint it? I think a pretty light aqua would look great!

Chef in Training said...

wow how fun! That chair is so cool! Great job! I found your blog through a link party and love it! i am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

Janelle said...

How fun! I totally think she should paint it black! I can't wait to see the finished product!


Chef in Training said...

I know I commented earlier, but i really love this chair!

I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training Tomorrow! Plus there is going to be a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

Jamie said...

Love it. I will have to remember this. If you get a chance I would love you to link your chair up to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to stop by. See you there.

Camille said...

Your post was cracking me up! I loved that you called it a butt-ugly chair! And I LOVE that part on pretty woman when she tells them "Big Mistake!"- best line ever! Your chair turned out great- and I am excited to see how to looks with a fresh coat of paint! I also loved that you used a glue gun! This is my kind of craft!! :) Thanks so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff last weekend! We would LOVE to have you come back and link up more of your great projects tomorrow!
Camille @

Chef in Training said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!

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