Thrifty Chicks: One man’s trash is a thrifty chick’s project
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Photos: Special to The Star
Photos: Special to The Star
I spent a large chunk of a recent weekend eating IKEA cinnamon rolls, sniffing candles and picking out fabric with a good friend who happens to like doing crafty projects, but doesn’t consider herself particularly crafty. She is an amazing bargain hunter and usually has great ideas for transforming new pieces, so when she came to me and said, “I want to re-do this chair I found near a dumpster,” I paused and waited for the inevitable …

“… and by I, I really mean us.” BAM! There it was. And of course I said, “Let’s do it!”

My friend saw potential in this chair and rescued it. She knew she wanted the chair to have a lot of life and a lot of color, so she perused fabrics at IKEA online and found one she loved. But when we got to IKEA, she changed her mind when an incredibly cute, boldly patterned fabric caught her eye — we bought two yards at $4.99 a yard. White paint and primer rounded out the supplies needed to makeover the dumpster chair.

To quickly re-do a chair, the staple gun is your very best friend. We unscrewed the chair seat and back, measured out the amount of fabric we needed to cover the seat and the back of the chair, and went to work with the staple gun. The tricky part of covering a chair like this is making sure you fold the corners in a way that looks nice and neat. That doesn’t matter so much for the seat bottom because no one will see it. The seat back was a little trickier, but we managed to arrange the seams in such a way that the chair frame would cover them.

After stapling the fabric to the cushions, she primed and painted the chair frame white, letting it dry before screwing the seatback and cushion back on.

For less than $16 and an hour of time, my friend got a fabulous chair. If she wants to give it additional pizzazz, she can add upholstery tacks/nails along the seams to camouflage them even more.

Next time you need a new piece of furniture, check to see if your neighbors have thrown out something with potential. It worked for my friend, maybe it will work for you too.
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