The Ugly Duckling

9 Materials
8 Hours
I discovered this tattered chair at a flea market several months ago and just knew I could do something cute with it.

Sometimes you have to look beyond the outward appearance to see the beauty underneath.

This chair had seen better days; the wood did not match up well, the cushions and springs were worn. But the bones were great and I knew I had to have it!

The back cushion was completely missing.

Staple holes were all over the back.

The webbing and filler material were rotten.

I always start by removing all staples, nails, upholstery, filler, springs... taking it all the way down to the frame.

It is not a difficult process but it can be unpleasant, at times....

You never know what you will find.

Once I took it down to the frame, I painted with white chalk paint, waxed, lightly distressed, and attached new webbing.

Next I added the foam to form the cushion. As you can see, the foam was uneven so I had to add batting and Polyfil to get it just right. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo after I evened it up.

I purchased this cutter quilt at a flea market. It was quite dirty but I was able to get is clean. I desperately wanted to use the embroidered rose but I just could not get it to look right.

I cut out several possible backs and pinned them in place until I found the perfect look.

It is not perfect but I am happy with the results

Ta Da!!!!

It looks absolutely precious in my "pink room"!
Suggested materials:
  • Chalk paint
  • Wax
  • Sand paper
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Bonnie Shirley Coates
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  • Judy Judy on Apr 06, 2017
    Chair looks really cute and vintage looking. I also like your chenille bedspread showing on the left. They are so hard to find.

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    • Joanie Joanie on Oct 10, 2019 has a nice selection also.

  • Miriam Illions Miriam Illions on Apr 07, 2017
    That is seriously impressive.