A Chair Fit for an Author

3 Hours
Some people find beautiful pieces with gorgeous bones and bring them back to life, either restoring, refinishing, or painting. I'm not one of those people. I bought this swivel chair at Goodwill for $2 just to have fun with it. I recruited my 8-year-old granddaughter, Gigi, to help ModPodge the circles onto the chair, and she happily complied. As we were working on it, my husband (who is working on his third novel) passed by and decided it was just the thing for his new off-site office. We haggled about the price, and I gave it to him for free (don't tell Gigi; I told her we should hold out for $40).
How did we do it?
1) I spray painted the metal frame flat black.
2) Using my Sizzix Vagabond die-cut machine, I cut circles in three sizes out of an old large-print Reader's Digest condensed book I got at a thrift shop for 50-cents.
3) I applied ModPodge to the chair and Gigi and I randomly stuck on the circles. We used three layers of circles, overlapping with each additional layer.
4) After we were satisfied with the circles, I coated them with 3 applications of ModPodge.
The whole project cost less than $5: 50-cents for the book, $2 for the chair, and about a third of a jar of ModPodge. The black paint was the remains of a can I had lying around.
Isn't she lovely? Almost too pretty to sit on.
Here she is after the metal parts had been painted.
The finished project. I am so glad I decided to go with circles.
KathrynElizabeth Etier
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  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jun 07, 2014
    What an adorable re-do! Thanks for the early morning smiles!

    • KathrynElizabeth Etier KathrynElizabeth Etier on Jun 08, 2014
      @Jeanette S Thank you! It was a lot of fun--a perfect project to do with a child interested in crafting. Next Gigi and I will do the top of a piano bench, but I'm thinking of adding a little color to the mix.

  • Gladys Gladys on Jun 18, 2014
    Love this idea. I recently purchased 2 chairs not very different from this one, from a ReStore in the area. Gives me a great idea to start out with. Thank you! You sound like a fun, fun Grandmother!