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Refurbished antique chair

28 Jan

As you all know I LOVE turning trash-to-treasure.  With my hectic schedule as of late I haven’t had much time to work on my side projects.  However, love it or hate it we were hit with 17″ of snow the other day and I was snowed in which allowed me some much needed ‘free’ time.

This beauty has been sitting in my basement for over a year…I know YIKES!  My friends found her in someone’s trash and thought of me.  How sweet 😉  I’ve really fought hard for her.  I can’t tell you how many times my (loving) husband threatened to sneak her into the trash.  I had a vision and I wasn’t going to let it pass.

I removed a few layers of fabric from the seat and lightly sanded the wooden frame.  After two coats of paint I roughed up the edges to give it a worn look.  To make it more ‘authentically’ old I used an antique glaze from Lowes which gave it a dirty brownish tint.  Finally I sealed it with a coat of satin poly and recovered the seat with some linen fabric and upholstery nails.

So without further ado I give you: Rick Allen.  Yeah, incase you didn’t notice my chair only has one arm.  I chose to leave it there in part because I think it is interesting and in part because I want to call her Rick Allen (the drummer from Def Leppard).

If you are in the Philadelphia area and you would like to purchase this chair please email amanda@sunflowercreationsonline.com


The Staging Chick

Trash-to-treasure: sittin’ pretty

11 May

I’m so excited to finally unveil my most recent trash-to-treasure creation.  This chair is one of four rescued from the side of the road (see Before and After: more trash to treasure).

To create this look I first primed the dark wood with a white spray primer.  The primer made the “hair” on the wood stand up so I had to lightly sand the surface before applying the pink paint.  Unlike the first trash-to-treasure chair project I opted for spray paint this time around.  Not only does it save time but also allows for a smoother finish.

In total I used three cans of Rustoleum Berry Pink gloss paint.  I made sure to cover the entire chair including the underside of the legs.  When the paint was finally dry I covered the seat with fabric batting and began upholstering.

A project of this nature could be completed in one weekend depending on weather conditions (when using spray paint I always recommend painting outdoors).

This chair is my psychedelic Alice in wonderland masterpiece.  It could easily become the main conversation piece of any room.  However, although the colors are bright and it makes a statement I think this piece could also blend in with the right decor.

What made me paint a chair bright pink?  My only answer to that is ‘why not’?  I knew this chair should be glossy pink the moment I saw it.  I like to call myself an on-the-spot designer.  When I walk into a room I get an instant feeling about the arrangement and color.  The same is true for furniture.  I can look at a piece and I have a “vision” as I like to call it.  Sounds clique, but it’s true.

This chair is currently for sale.  If you would like more information please email amanda@sunflowercreationsonline.com.  Thanks for reading and stay tuned for our next home staging post!

Before and after: more trash to treasure

13 Apr

The trash collector is baaackk!  I just can’t help myself.  I found this chair along with four others on the side of the road back in the fall.  After nearly creating a massive car pileup when I slammed on the brakes to get to these “gorgeous” chairs I crammed them into my car and headed home.  I had a vision for each one to be an individual piece.  I love the idea of ‘artistic furniture‘.  I think it’s a great way to combine the arts and interior design.  Who wouldn’t want a one of a kind artistic designer furniture piece in their home?  My biggest obstacle was convincing my husband that I could make these beautiful and that I am in fact NOT a hoarder.

This chair was one of the more difficult redesign pieces I’ve ever done.  The seat cushion was covered in pea grean cordouroy and lined with upholstery nail heads.  After prying all the nail heads off I removed the “desigherable” green upholstery.  I primed the chair with white primer and then painted it a semi-gloss white.  Because of the dark colored wood I did three coats of paint.

When the paint was dry I covered the seat with fabric batting and this great black and white fabric.  I went with the original design and covered the seat all around and stapled it from underneath.  It was hard to get the fabric around the opening in the back but I think I did alright for my first time.

Although this project was time intensive I am thrilled with the way it turned out.  As for my husband, I think it’s growing on him.  This piece is for sale and listed at $50.00 email amanda@sunflowercreationsonline.com if you have questions about this chair or design in general.  Thanks for reading!  XOXO