Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Chair


I finally finished the chair.
There it is before, my little lavender Craigslist chair & ottoman number, in what I have claimed as my little reading nook.
I simply cut the fabric according to what section it was going on, pinned it all together right side down. Took it off, sewed it up, then turned it right side out and slipped it on. The sewing was a little difficult because of the curves...but it is a shabby slipcover, so wonky seams are part of its charm. Right?
There is someone always jumping into my shots...If it is not that one, then it is this one....
Not to mention a hazard to my feet while snapping pictures because of this...


You'll notice the big black hutch thing from the before picture is gone. That is the rest of the story. Hubs thought the hutch took up too much room. I was not offended by this because, first of all, it itself was an affordable Craigslist find from a few years ago that I bought for our old house, not some expensive piece I had pined over for years. Second of all, that meant I would have to scrounge around and find something new to put there. It's a good thing that rearranging furniture is my most favorite thing to do. Hubs never has much of an opinion about decorating (mainly because he knows things get moved around so often) so when he does, I know it is a valid point.

The one and only thing to do was to head off to my most favorite spot in our new little town. A ginormous junk store. It is ha-uge and crammed full of crap juntiques and treasures.

This is only one level. It goes on and on. See the hole in the ceiling. It's a classy place. I kind of itch and wheeze when I leave but it sure is fun to prowl around.

I spied the perfect piece....
See it under all the "treasures"?

It had no mirror and no knobs, but after a little cleaning it was a real beauty!


When we bought the house there was a little opening of spindles in that wall. Spindles scream 80's, yes? So we made the spindles go away.

Here is the before, when the previous owners still lived here...
...and now....



p.s. Today is our anniversary! 14 years of wedded bliss to my favorite person!

p.p.s. Happy Veteran's Day! To all veterans and current military...a great big hug and a thank you!!

p.p.p.s Go find lots more ideas and inspiration on DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land!

12 comments:

Amy said...

I LOVE the chair!! The fabrics are so fresh and so much fun! You did a wonderful job!!!

The junk store find is to die for! I gotta say, you really have an eye for what 'can be'. I'm suffering with an eye for 'junk once is still junk'... LOL

Great job on both!

Oh and Happy Anniversary!

Autum said...

Great job! You make it sound so easy.
Let's talk about your junk find and how clever you are hanging those plates in place of the missing mirror- genius!! I love your little reading nook.

Tricia Anne said...

I absolutely love the chair!
It is so charming.
Great job!
Happy Anniversary!
Love, Trish

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But the chair and book nook are to DIE for. Way to go!

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Mary said...

BROOKE!!!!!! Why oh why did you not call me when you were going to the "junk store"???? You KNOW how much I loved that place, I've been dying to go back ever since!!!! Right Lori E.??? ha, ha, ha, ha, ha

Suzan said...

Your chair is FABULOUS!!

Lori E. said...

How adorable!!! You are so talented. Is that store you got your treasure at the one where you feel like you smoked a pack of cigarettes when you leave??? S-town has some way cool shops. What a perfect place for you to be the Mayor of. Yes--do it!!!!!!! P.S. the Viagra ad as one of your post-cracked me up. Reminds me of a story I have to tell you. So many stories........when will we get to visit????? OH...the story is NOT about Mike. lol

Lori E. said...

BTW, surely you did not get rid of that hutch, because it is adorable too!!

lindsey said...

love love love the chair! i am afraid to start on recovering my own chair. you did a great job!

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I love that chair.