Ultimate Chair Makeover Reveal

BURLAP, HOT GLUE, & MAGIC

Once upon a time, all I could think about was finding the perfect accent chair for the corner of our basement.  In my bouji head, all that would suffice was a Restoration Hardware Versailles chair.  Aaron stopped me from taking out a personal loan in the amount of $2395, so the Versailles wasn’t an option.  I had to keep my eyes open for something quirky, industrial, with good “bones” for an ambush makeover.  One day, whilst on a friends shopping trip, we made a stop at the thrift store.  And as I was wandering the aisles, there it was.  A tiki chair.  And it spoke to me.  Actually, it screamed at me.  “TAKE ME HOME AND MAKE MAGIC TO ME!”  I went Fairy Godmother all over that Cinderella chair.  Here is the tale:

Tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki chair, next to RH Versailles chair.

Restoration Hardware Versailles Chair Hack-BURLAP

First order of business was taking care of the orangy wood color.  I wanted the driftwood look, so a gray-washing was necessary.  I happened to have several gray paint samples lurking the garage.    I mixed a couple of them, and watered it down.  I brushed it on and wiped it off with a rag.  I wanted the wood grain to show through the gray.  It worked.

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

The gray wash was the easy part.  It was tricky to figure out how I was going to “upholster” this chair.  Since I would be adding to it, I had to think of how/where I would attach fabric and batting.  It sounds lame, but I thought I’d give hot glue a try.  After attaching the first piece, it was SO STRONG.  We tugged and tugged and tugged, and it didn’t budge.  So we carried on.

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

I would put a line of hot glue on the wood, fold the burlap, and stick it to the frame.  I was worried that it would look too “arts & crafts” from hot glue strings.  Hot glue strings are like those fly aways that your hair has on a bad hair day.  And I didn’t want this chair to look like it had a bad hurr day.  Ain’t gonna happen!  Not with its Kool-Aid hurr… it’s less ghetto, but dramatic.  (Glozelle anyone?)

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

And then, it was a matter of keeping going.  And trying not to burn my skin off my finger tips. (Which I was completely successful at.)  I did 91% of the chair with this POS glue gun.  Lord have mercy on those who use hot glue guns with no triggers.  I feel for you.

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

Covering up the wicker, gonna make it slicker…

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

I’m no expert sewer, so don’t ever turn here for sewing advice.  I bs-ed my way through making cushion covers.  They fit.  It’s a Cinderella-Chair miracle.

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

This fancy stuff is nail-head trim strips.  Every 5 holes is here you put the actual nail.  It was easy to tack up.  It took minutes.

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

TA DA!  It’s almost done.  All I had left was the backing, and… I ran out of glue sticks.  Aaron picked some up for me at the store, along with…

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

THIS!  A glue gun from the 21st century.  It has a TRIGGER!  Now I don’t need to stick my finger down the melting hole.  Don’t know if you’ve ever stuck your finger in a melting hole, but I would advise against it.

upholster - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

My last and final blister.  Good thing I don’t work at the airport anymore.  I am now missing all finger prints.  Anyone want to hire me for committing a crime?

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

Here is the final reveal for Cinderella-Chair:

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

The tenants call this my bossy chair.  Something gets into me when I put my bum in that seat.  “Karl, fetch me water!  Matt, take out the dog!  Aaron, rub my feet!  Addi, give me clothes!”  I just spit out commands and can’t even control myself.

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

But the bossy chair really does look sharp planted in the corner.  Just as I always imagined it.  I foresee the construction of a little footstool happening for it.

BURLAP-upholstery - chair makeover - restoration hardware versailles chair hack

Now it’s your turn.  What things have you transformed lately?  Used any burlap or hot glue?  SHARE!

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  • Caitlin

    Kenz, this is just great! It turned out beautifully :) I’m working on a pair of accent chairs myself. Not quite a big of change from how I bought them as this though! Wow!

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Thanks Caitlin! I can’t wait to see your accent chairs. I’d love to feature them. Take lots of pictures!

  • megan Vaughn

    That is so amazing! I love the final transformation with all the beautiful touches you’ve added. Megan – Our Pinteresting Family

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Thank you!

  • Beverley Collins

    Seriously, this worked with hot glue? I am in awe. I have a chair for the Steampunk Study (long story) that needs a seat and I may give up the idea of taking an upholstery apprenticeship just so I can cover one 12 inch hole in wooden seat. This would be more practical.

    Also, that nailhead trim? I really need that. I’m making a green baize door and I wasn’t relishing bashing in hundred of nails and keeping them in a straight line. It’s not the bashing. I can do the bashing. It’s the straight line that unnerves me. Thank you for discovering this stuff.

    I found you through Polish the Stars linky party. Yes to the footstool. A long haired cat and an eyepatch would be good, too.

    http://gaslightandgilt.blogspot.com/

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      It seriously worked with hot glue. It holds up so strong. Believe me, I pulled for a long to make sure I wasn’t imagining it. I want to see the Steampunk Study! We’re all about Steampunk in this house.

      The nail head trim was super easy. And there was enough bashing to keep me happy. I bought it at JoAnn’s.

      I’m glad to see these link parties work :) Thanks for stopping by!
      Cheers

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  • pattie

    Fantastic, I love it! Seen this on Furniture Feature Fri.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Thanks Pattie!

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  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    Are you kidding me girl?! That is RIDIC. Lurve.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Erp, thanks! What can I say… burlap is cheap and it does wonders for all things ugly.

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  • onetoughmother

    Awesome!!! So happy you linked up :) This is fantastic! You put in so much work, you deserve to make demands when you sit in it – LOL! By the way, the damask wallpaper in the dining room? Fabulous!

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Thank you! I’m glad you had a burlap link party for me to show off the chair at :) And- it’s paint! can you believe it? Most people think it’s wall paper. It’s many hard hours of stenciling.

      • onetoughmother

        Are you serious?!? Oh my gosh! You have amazing patience – the stenciled wall…the chair…woman, you rock! :) If you know of anyone else sharing a burlap craft, please invite them to link up as well! Thanks again – glad to have you! (Hint: next month’s challenge involves using wood…pallet wood, whatever. Get your creative wheels turning!)

        • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

          Thanks for the heads up! I’ll get my thinking cap on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dee.lapin Dee Lapin

    Your chair looks amazing!

    http://alapinlife.blogspot.com/

    • Kenz

      Thanks Dee! Love those metal memo boards of yours :)

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