Sunday, July 1, 2012

A Miracle Wicker Chair Makeover


I still looking for ways to up the "welcomeness" of the front entrance to my home.  I thought a chair would be nice  One that goes with my new flag.

But I didn't think it would be too welcoming if I left it like this:
Perhaps I needed this chair to scare off our robbers....  It was bad.  Probably not even worth the 10 bucks I paid for it.

But then I painted it red.  Wow!  Then I covered the backless back with upholstery webbing. I just cut it to fit, tacked it on, and weaved it in and out.  Done.  So dang cute.


If I was using this chair indoors, I probably would cover these galvanized tacks with red tacks.  But it is outdoors and nobody is going to see these tacks.  Besides that - If I'm going to finish tacking something I should finish tacking the rocking chairs.....


Then I a seat cushion to fit and made a cover for it.  I started taking pictures to do a tutorial, but I made so many mistakes there are a lot of good tuts out there for seat covers so I thought I would enjoy my Sunday instead of doing a sewing tutorial.  Sorry.  I made it out of red/white ticking with a bulky matching welt.


I also didn't really want to sew the pillows since they weren't going to be heavily used.  So i just tied this one up.  I laid the pillow diagonally across a yard of  fabric, folded the top and bottom up, and pulled in the side flaps and tied them in a knot.  Then I tucked the ends under the gathered fabric.


I found this little tote at a garage sale on Friday and thought it would make a cute pillow.  No sewing on this one either,  I cut the straps to turn them into ties and stuffed a pillow into the bag as far as it would go. I cut a piece of a second fabric and tucked it over and around the exposed pillow.  Finally, I tied the cut handles together.  Looks enough like a pillow to me!


Then I took the whole shebang out to the front porch and enjoyed it.  I like it.  I really like it.  It's still a little rickety and has some complexion problems.  But hey, so am/do I.  


Man, she cleaned up nice!  Don't you think?  Maybe I should paint all my furniture red.....


Make something wonderful today!

Karen

This week I'll be partying here:
Funky Junk
The Cottage Market
Freckled Laundry
DIY Show-0ff
My 1929 Charmer 
Between Naps on the Porch
Under the Table and Dreaming 
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia  
The Farmhouse Porch 
Savvy Southern Style 
Primp 
Primitive & Proper

23 comments:

plaits and paisley said...

I can't believe it's the same chair! Amazing. I love the webbing.
Happy 4th of July! x

blhitchcock901 said...

You are too good!!! I love it! Red is my favorite and your front porch is divine!

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

I love everything about this post/project. From the webbing, to the pillows (especially the no-sew) to the humor! Great job on all!

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

So cute! It looks great!

Meg said...

Karen,

This is really, really, really, really super cute!! You can't even tell its the same chair! Another great project!

Bliss said...

That is crazy. Just crazy. What the heck? You can weave, and transform, and OMG!

~Bliss~

Pam said...

AMAZING!!! I can't believe that is the same chair. Love the pillows too.

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

Now that is one FABULOUS Patriotic MAKE-OVER!!!! I mean...WOW!!!!! hugs...

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Wow! That chair looks completely different. I like it red!

AngelaECS at Number Fifty-Three said...

Hi there! I just recently discovered your blog and love it! I passed on an award to you. The details are at my blog. :)

Angela

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

I love wicker, and can't believe how you tranformed her. Love the upholstery jute on the top, looks so good. Loving it red! Thanks also for letting me know how much you liked my two toned charmer buffet. Also loved learning how the feel were made, love learning history of things. So glad you like her!

Little Miss Maggie said...

This is soooo cute. I am going to copy your webbing idea on a chair of mine that I am procrastinating on forever. I love your no sew pillows. Now, that's my kind of project.

Liz - Imageremix said...

Hilarious it's former self...Fabulous, it's new "updone" look, and what a fantastic idea to use the webbing. You clever woman! Liz

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I love this! I'll be featuring it tomorrow :)

The Other Me Is Sane said...

Wow. when I saw the "before" I really had to gasp! You did a great job making it pretty.

Art and Sand said...

You had me at RED. I can't believe the difference just by painting the chair red.

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

Hi there my friend! I have visited before and was amazed at the transformation! Thank you so much for sharing this at Joe's first linky party! I am going to go pin this over on the new party board! hugs and thanks!

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Wow! It sure did turn out great! I love, love, love that woven back, what a great idea!!

Tania

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Hi, I'm Holly and i'm here via andrea's Junkin Joe's linky party!

Well that make over is simply smashing! What a transformation! I love whicker in any color and I finally got brave enough to paint my own whicker desk ocean breeze blue!! It was scary but I'm glad I did it! ♥

Little Susie Home Maker said...

That is great looking! And I love all your no=sew tricks! Haven fun at the Junkin Joe Party!
Blessings,
Susie

driftwoodesign said...

That's my kind of furniture save! I think I would have passed by that chair. Just fabulous.
Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

Laurel Stephens said...

You are so clever! Your chair and pillows are adorable.

freckled laundry said...

I didn't recognize the chair! Great job flippin' that piece. It's beautiful. Thanks for sharing with air your laundry friday! xo Jami

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