Tuesday, 10 January 2012

A Little Red Goes A Long Way!

Not too long ago I posted about some chairs I bought from a hotel furniture liquidation warehouse, aka "The Boutique".

My intention was always to revamp these seats ASAP but before we knew it a whole year had passed and our chairs were still covered in the same sad, faded navy fabric.

Why the delay, you might ask? I'd like to say it's because I didn't have the time, but to be honest, I didn't make the time and on top of that Marc and I couldn't agree on a colour.

I initially had my heart set on something in a blue, or even a chocolate brown to balance out the lighter walnut wood, but he wasn't having it.

He wanted red.

Red like deep movie theatre carpet red. Red like you won't find anywhere else in our apartment red, but I wasn't so sure...

Then, recalling what a champ he was about the whole turquoise bathroom thing, I decided I might have to be the one to compromise this time around.

Not only that, I searched around online for inspirational photos and realized his red (or something close to it anyway) might be exactly what we need!

[Totally Home Decor]

[Shelly's Stamping Stuff]

[Build Direct via Southern Living]

Alas we hit Queen West and agreed on a brighter shade of red in a tough and hopefully durable linen.

Then, once we busted out the power drill and picked up a new staple gun, the whole process only took about 15-20 minutes per chair!

Just getting started...


Forget it! Covering the old stuff works too!

And last but not least, the AFTER picture...

What do you think?!

I should note that we didn't fuss with matting or anything like that, so this was a very simple and inexpensive project... one that we could do all over again a year or two down the road if the mood strikes us!

Just cross your fingers that next time neither of us will break our elbows half way through!

Anyway, bottom line, Marc and I are both thrilled with the end results and a week or two later, I'm still amazed not only at how much the fabric brings the chairs to life but how much texture this small change adds to our living room.

Mission accomplished  :)



Wendi said...

Hey Krista....Quick question....Did you guys put the fabric right over top of the blue or did you take the blue off and add new cushion? Just wondering for a chair I have at home, and think it would be easier to put it right over top, but not sure if I can do that?

GREAT POST and I LOVE the new chairs....They look Fab!!!

Adding the finishing touch said...

I love red and love those chairs! Can't wait to see them in person!

Krista Illies said...

@Wendi - WE thought we'd strip them down first but it ended up being wayyy easier and less time consuming to just recover the old stuff completely... I've added another photo to clarify. Thanks!

@Nicole - Thanks lady, I knew you'd like the red!! :)

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