Today I am sharing with you one of the most dramatic makeovers EVER on The Experimental Home. Ha. I crack myself up. There isn’t a lot of competition. But, I am super happy with how this one turned out.
Remember these sad chairs?
Well they have turned that frown upside-down.
They are drabby no more!
I knew I wanted to paint them a bright color that both AMGP and I could live with and I didn’t want them to be too trendy, so I went with a nice bright red spray paint. I used a Valspar paint and primer in one spray paint, and it took several coats, but they came out beautiful.
That said, the process of spray painting these chairs was tragic… Let me tell you a story.
I decided to spray paint them while AMGP was out of town. I could get it done without being in his way, and he would come home to a lovely surprise (since he wasn’t totally on board with the idea of red chairs yet). That meant I would have to do the bulk of it at night after YMGP went to bed. So, in order to see, I would have to do it in the garage. No biggie, right?
I put drop cloths over everything in the line of fire and got started. Four cans of spray paint later I had gorgeous chairs, and a mess. Red paint powder covered pretty much everything in the garage. It settled out of the air onto EVERY surface. Including AMGPs car. It wiped off with a rag, and I went on cleaning. Except I didn’t realize that it didn’t totally wipe off. Uh oh. You can imagine how well that went down. Not well at all. It was kinda ugly, actually.
A good scrubbing took off 99.5% of the redness. An afternoon of PROFUSE apologizing finally led to forgiveness. But a lesson was learned, and I want to share it with you. Never spray paint anything big in the garage. If you do spray paint in the garage, don’t put a drop cloth over a car you can move.
Back to the red chairs. I tried to pick out fabrics for the cushions to compliment, but not overwhelm the pattern of the chair backs. I found these outdoor fabrics at Fabric.com and got a pretty good deal (this is not a sponsored post, BTW). As you can see in the picture above, the ivory colors are much more similar in real life than they appear in these swatches.
To make the new cushions, I simply took apart the old, really-dirty ones and used the old fabric as a pattern. Surprisingly, the actual padding was in really good shape. I had a picture of the dirty, grass stained fabric pinned to the new fabric ready to include in this post, but I decided to spare you the ugliness.
We also had, stashed away in a closet out of puppy-reach, two faded outdoor throw pillows.
I also took these apart and made new covers. I had initially intended to just cover the pillows, but the patterns showed through, and we can’t have that now, can we? Here is some proof that I actually got out my sewing machine for this project. I really like sewing, I should do it more often.
I tied the cushions to my new red chairs and fell in love. It makes me so happy to be in love with those chairs again. They are filled with fond memories of our little apartment deck and the big outdoor bashes we used to throw when we were younger and stupider. Now, they will also remind me of a BIG oops, and and the big heart of my wonderful husband who forgave me.
Please tell me there is someone else out there that has gotten spray paint on their husband’s car.
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